Location and Opening Information:
Woodstock. General Opening Dates 2017: Saturday 15th February 2014 to Sunday 2nd November 2017 (Palace open daily); Wednesday 5th November to Sunday 14th December 2014 (Palace open Wednesday to Sunday). The Palace: Open 10.30am - 5.30pm (last admission 4.45pm). The Formal Gardens: Open 10am - 5.30pmPrice Information:
Palace, Park & Gardens Tickets Prices: Adults £21.50, Concessions £17.00, Child £11.80, Family £57.00. Access to all areas including the Palace State Rooms, ‘Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story’, ‘Churchills’ Destiny - The story of two great war leaders’ exhibition, the Park and Formal Gardens, shops and restaurants, the Visitor Centre, and all attractions within the Pleasure Gardens. This ticket enables you to convert to an Annual Pass, giving you FREE entry for 12 months to the Palace and Gardens and to many of the events held in the Park.
Park & Gardens: Adults £12.50, Concessions £9.30, Child £6.50, Family £33.00. Access to all areas above except entry to the Palace State Rooms and ‘Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story’.
Set in the Oxfordshire Cotswold’s, Blenheim Palace is considered to be one of the finest baroque houses in the country, 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. 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. He is buried in a simple grave in the nearby church at Bladon. A separate exhibition, ‘Churchills’ 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 and the Palace dressed for Christmas.Get There:
The number S3 to Woodstock runs from Oxford Train station and Gloucester Green to the gates of Blenheim Palace on Hensington Road in Woodstock. Please ask the bus driver to identify the appropriate stop. The bus runs every 30 minutes. For the timetable and prices visit http://www.stagecoachbus.com/timetables/S3 for more information on the route visit http://www.stagecoachbus.com/S3.aspx. Car - drive north from the city center on Woodstock Road, follow signs to Woodstock (10-15 minutes)