Blenheim Palace

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Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace

The stately home of a famous Duke complete with Capability Brown landscapes, opulent decor and a massive statue at the top of the garden

As the magnificent Baroque stately home and parkland of Blenheim Palace go to show, it pays to keep your wits about you. This vast country pile was built as a gift to the First Duke of Marlborough to mark victory over the French in the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. The Duke, John Churchill (yes, relation), had led the victorious forces and proved again and again to be a loyal servant to the British Monarchy, so he was granted an old property and the park at Woodstock plus £240,000 to build himself a new home.

Designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, the scale and grandeur of Blenheim Palace were fully intended as a testament to the power of the Duke’s family. In the grounds today you can still take the stroll to the 134-feet-high Column of Victory, with a statue of the First Duke depicted as a Roman general on the top of it. Last time we checked, not even Kanye had a back yard like this.

Over time, more work was carried out, including extensive work to the grounds by landscape architect Capability Brown, and other features, like a small summer house styled as the Temple of Diana (where Winston Churchill proposed to his Clementine in 1908).

Not surprisingly, there’s plenty to gawp at, and it’s been a popular visitor attraction since it first opened to the public in 1950. Take a choice of tours (included in Palace entry), including a glimpse at the Private Apartments and ‘Upstairs’ and ‘Downstairs’ tours to hear stories of the rich and famous, well worthy of a Julian Fellowes script. There is also a permanent exhibition to the life and work of Sir Winston, who was born here in 1874, son of Lord Randolph Churchill.

If the country setting rather than the fancy decor is more your thing, throughout the year there are also concerts and food festivals, antiques fairs and sporting events, car shows, dining experiences and live jazz every Sunday in the Water Terraces Café.

By: Laura Lee Davies


Venue name: Blenheim Palace
Address: Woodstock
OX20 1PP
Opening hours: Park open daily 9am–6pm or dusk, formal gardens daily 10am–5.30pm, palace daily 10.30am–5.30pm.
Transport: Rail: Oxford rail
Price: Palace, Park and Gardens (valid for 12 months): £24.90, £19.90 concs., £13.90 children, under-fives free, £59.90 family. Park and Gardens only: £14.90, £10.90 concs., £6.90 children, under-fives free, £39.90 family.
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Blenheim Palace is by far one of the greatest palaces in Britain.

It has so much to offer and the history background of this magnificent place is quite phenomenal.

It's located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire and the best way to get there would be by rail from Marylebone, London to Oxford Parkway.

I then suggest to get a bus, it takes you directly to Blenheim Palace. The overall journey from London to here is a while, but I promise you it's super cheap.

The best entrance and possibly the closest to the palace and gardens is Hensington Gate. It will be a 5 minute walk to the palace.

You'll be able to see its glory once you go through the gate.

On the same day that I went to Blenheim, I actually had tickets to go to the BBC Countryfile Live event which was quite fascinating.

With my Countryfile tickets, I got 50% off tickets to Blenheim Palace. If you're ever thinking of going around summer time in August, then I would take advantage of this opportunity.

Blenheim Palace is absolutely breathtaking and it's a one of a kind experience.

This magnificent, inspiring, monumental palace was home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough, his wife and children.

You'll discover how Blenheim came to be, the history behind the architecture and the important figures that walked around the famous rooms of the palace.

My visit to Blenheim Palace is something quite unexplainable. You truly have to see it for yourself. It's enriched with opulence and its exuberance is divine in every way possible.

It's architecturally impressive, while standing proudly on a beautiful countryside.

I would definitely spend a whole day to really infuse yourselves with all the tours and exhibitions which come included with your admission to the Palace, Park and Gardens.

I really enjoyed the Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story tour. It's an automated experience that shows the 300 years of the alluring stories of Blenheim. I recommend seeing it.

The Churchill Exhibition is also another fantastic insight into the life of Sir Winston Churchill. You get to see the room in which he was born in November 1874.

You'll discover the key elements of his life.

Take advantage of the Formal Gardens walking tours and the trails. It concentrates on the designs of the park and the gardens.

You get a huge understanding into the historical context of this world that is Blenheim Palace.

I do recommend taking your time visiting the palace and the gardens, so that you can really delve inside all of its magnificence.

It's a maze of unexpected surprises.

I have to say one of my favourite parts of the palace was the library. The amount of books and the interior design is so exquisitely presented. Queen Anne is situated gracefully in the library and I have to mention the Willis Organ. It's still used for regular Sunday recitals after all these years of being constructed.

A massive stand out piece of artistry in my eyes.

Don't forget that you can dine at Blenheim.

They have three options of cafés, restaurants to indulge and two gorgeous souvenir shops to enjoy.

One last thing I would recommend if you do visit. Trade your ticket to an annual pass for free.

Your helping the palace with their restorations and at the sane time you get to visit Blenheim whenever you want during a whole year absolutely free.

My first time and certainly not my last.

I adored every minute of my time there.

Super excited to attend their events that they have planned throughout the year.

So much inspiration and ideas filled my head from such a luxurious palace.

Discover all the incredible histories for yourself.


Love MD.


To be clear, Blenheim Palace is not in London, it is in Oxfordshire which is an hours drive from West London and 20 minutes past the city of Oxford.

Entry to the Palace is in two parts; house and Gardens or just the gardens. We opted just for the gardens and we didn't even get around all of those and we were there over 4 hours.

The grounds are stunning with fountains, statues, a lake, beautiful flowers and even a waterfall. The gardens are divided into sections which makes it a bit easier to navigate and there is even a dedicated family area, the Pleasure Gardens. From the main gate you can take a miniature locomotive (said in my best Grandad Pig voice) straight to the Pleasure Gardens which encompasses a maze,bouncy castle, adventure playground, ground puzzles, a flower garden and a butterfly house.

There is no way you'll see everything you want to in just one day but you can upgrade your ticket to an annual pass so you can come back against again.

I would say that Blenheim is a very popular events venue so it may be worth checking if there is anything happening before you visit. There was a triathlon taking place when we went and it was absolutely manic although it got better once were away from the arras open to the general population.