Why Visit Blenheim Palace:
- a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- a stunning example of 18th century English Baroque style
- a memorial to a great British hero and the birthplace of another
- One of the finest examples of the work of 18th century landscape architect Launcelot "Capability" Brown.
- a wonderful backdrop for family activities, virtually year round.
The Heroes of Blenheim Palace:
Trouble With the Builders:
But Sarah, the Duchess, balked at their prices and fell out with most of the builders.Vanbrugh left in 1716 and was never allowed on the estate again. Thornhill never painted the ceilings of the long library.Plus ça change...
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Things to Do at Blenheim Palace:
- guided tours of the state rooms of the palace,
- regularly scheduled special interest tours
- self-guided tour of Blenheim Palace: the Untold Story, a new "visitor experience" featuring animated figures and sound effects
- Churchill Exhibition, including the room of Churchill's birth
- Several formal gardens including the Italian Garden, the Water Terraces, and, in season, a stunnng rose garden.
- The Pleasure Gardens Reached from it's own small parking lot or, between April and October via the estate's own narrow gauge railway, the Pleasure Gardens include a maze, a children's adventure playground and a butterfly house.
- Coarse fishing and stocked trout fishing on the estate's lakes.
- special events of all kinds scheduled throughout the year.
Blenheim Park and GroundsThe 2,000 acres of Capability Brown parkland is some of the most beautiful landscaped parkland in Britain. It includes views of Vanbrugh's Grand Bridge and the lakes Brown created. The grounds can be visited on a cheaper ticket without visiting the palace.
Blenheim Palace Essentials
- What: Home of the Dukes of Marlborough, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a masterpiece of English Baroque
- Where: Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP
- Telephone: +44 (0)1993 811091. In the UK - 24-hour, recorded information line 0800 849 6500. Fishing information +44 (0)1993 810520
- Open: From mid February to mid December. The house and gardens are open daily, between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to the end of October and from Wednesday to Sunday to mid December
- Admission: Child, adult, family and senior tickets ugradable to season passes.
- Visit their website for more about tickets, hours and events.
- Getting There
- By car: About 65 miles northwest of central London, via the M40, A40 and A44. Use the Blenheim Palace widget for directions from anywhere.
- By train or coach:There is excellent rail and coach service to Oxford, less than 10 minutes away by local bus. Get directions from London by rail or coach to Oxford or use National Rail Enquiries to plan a rail journey from elsewhere. The local S3 bus runs frequent trips from Oxford Rail Station and Gloucester Green Coach Station in central Oxford, reaching Blenheim in less than 10 minutes.