Set in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace is considered to be one of the finest baroque houses in the country. It was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his famous victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. It is now the home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough and is lived in and cared for by the family for whom it was built. Inside the Palace can be found a superb collection of tapestries, paintings, porcelain and furniture in the magnificent State Rooms.
Sir Winston Churchill was born in the Palace in 1874 and a permanent exhibition about him is located next to his birth room – both are included in the Palace tour. Sir Winston loved Blenheim and, as a member of the family, was a frequent visitor during his long life. He is buried in a simple grave in the nearby church at Bladon. A special exhibition on Churchill takes you on the journey of his life, starting with his birth at Blenheim Palace. The exhibition is brought to life with photographs, letters, artefacts and a number of other elements, giving visitors a real sense of our ‘Greatest Briton’.
A state-of-the-art visitor experience is open in the heart of the Palace called ‘Blenheim Palace: the Untold Story’. Dramatic moments from the last 300 years of history at Blenheim Palace are brought to life through animatronic figures and innovative film and projection technology, seen through the eyes of the servants.
Surrounding the Palace are over 2,000 acres of beautiful ‘Capability Brown’ parkland, lakes, fountains and formal gardens, including the recently restored ‘Secret Garden’, the Italian Garden, the Water Terraces, Rose Garden and Cascade. A miniature train, a great favourite with all ages, connects the Palace to the Pleasure Gardens, where, amongst a range of fun activities for children, can be found the Marlborough Maze, the Butterfly House, the Lavender Garden and ‘Blenheim Bygones’ exhibition.
A very busy events programme is on offer throughout the year, including jousting tournaments, half-term costumed entertainment, evening concerts and the Palace dressed for Christmas.
Opening Dates ( 2017):
from the 12th february Open daily, except Christmas Day
Park 9.00 – 18.00 or dusk if earlier
Formal Gardens 10.30 – 18.00
Palace 10.30 – 17.30 (last admission 16:45)
BUY ONE DAY, GET 12 MONTHS FREE!
Blenheim Palace offers an amazing annual pass ticket deal. When you buy a single day ticket to the Palace, Park and Gardens you will be able to convert it into an annual pass offering you unlimited entry for 12 months.
Annual Pass Privilege Card - 15% discount on dining and shopping*
Blenheim Palace is offering a special Privilege Card upgrade option with the Annual Pass. For an extra £5 you can receive a 15% discount in all Blenheim Palace shops and cafes!
*Terms and conditions apply
For full details visit www.blenheimpalace.com or call 0800 849 6500 (24 hour recorded information)
- Green Tourism Business Scheme - Green Business Gold 2014
- Regional and Miscellaneous - TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence 2014
- Quality Assured Visitor Attraction VB Attraction
|2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Palace, Park & Gardens (Adult)||£24.90 per ticket|
|Palace, Park & Gardens (Child 5-16, under 5s free)||£13.90 per ticket|
|Palace, Park & Gardens (Concession: over 60s and students) - available Monday to Friday only||£20.90 per ticket|
|Palace, Park & Gardens (Family: 2 adults & 2 children)||£59.90 per ticket|
|Park & Gardens only (Adult)||£15.30 per ticket|
|Park & Gardens only (Child)||£7.10 per ticket|
|Park & Gardens only (Concession) - Monday to Friday only||£11.50 per ticket|
|Park & Gardens only (Family)||£41.00 per ticket|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
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