Visiting Blenheim Palace

What to Expect on a visit to Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace near Oxford

Blenheim Palace


Just a few miles north of Oxford is Blenheim Palace, a world heritage site, home of the Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

 

The main attraction is the palace itself with guided tours as part of the entrance ticket. The grounds and gardens too are truly impressive and there is enough to do and see to keep you occupied for the best part of the day.


Blenheim Palace history

The name Blenheim derives from a decisive battle that took place on the 13th August 1704 here. In reward for his services a grateful Queen Anne granted to Marlborough the Royal Manor of Woodstock and signified that she would build him, at her own expense, a house to be called Blenheim. In 1705 work started and as they say the rest is history.


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. He is buried in a simple grave in the nearby church at Bladon.

 

A separate exhibition, 'Churchill's' Destiny - the story of two great war leaders', celebrates the achievements of Winston and his great hero and ancestor, John Churchill.


A State-of-the-art visitor experience is open in the heart of the Palace called 'Blenheim Palace: the Untold Story', 300 years of exciting tales 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. A miniature train 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...

 

S3 Blenheim Bus Oxford bus station

S3 Blenheim Bus: Oxford bus station

Getting to Blenheim Palace independently from Oxford

There are frequent buses from Oxford to Woodstock, a picturesque village next door to Blenheim Palace. The main entrance is off the main road to the left as the bus approaches Woodstock. You cannot fail to miss Blenheim because of the size of the estate and the signage.


Stagecoach route S3 departs from Gloucester Green Bus Station in Oxford, (the same terminus as the London buses). Frequency is broadly every 30 minutes. Scheduled travel time is about 40 minutes.


Summer Tours To Blenheim Palace From London

During the summer months, April to October, two tours visit Blenheim Palace as part of a day tour from London that also covers the Cotswolds of which Blenheim is on the fringe of.

Tour 1 - Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & the Cotswolds

- Entrance to Blenheim Palace

- Visit charming Cotswold village of Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water

- Visit the village of Bampton; a film setting for the popular Downton Abbey TV series.

- Luxury air conditioned purpose built touring bus

- Professional, expert standard, friendly tour guide


Tour dates and times

Every day except Tuesdays and Thursdays (April to October only).

Departure point : London Victoria Coach Station 9.00am

The tour returns to London by around 7.00pm


Blenheim Palace, The Cotswolds Day Tour From London

 

Tour 2 - Small group Downton Abbey filming locations and visit to Blenheim Palace tour highlights

- Private visit to Yew Tree Farm (Cogges Manor Farm), Downton Village (Bampton), Shilton and Swinbrook

- Entry to Bampton Library (Downton Cottage Hospital and Doctor's Surgery in the series)

- Entry and tour of Blenheim Palace, Park and Gardens

- A visit to the village of Bladon to see the graves of Sir Winston and Lady Churchill

- Luxury air conditioned 16 seat purpose built touring bus

- Professional, expert standard, friendly tour guide

- Guaranteed departures, no minimum numbers, maximum group size 16 people


Tour dates and times

Most Mondays (April to early November only).

Pickups in London between 7.15am and 7.45am

The tour returns to London by around 6.30pm


Downton Abbey Film Locations Tour From London

 


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