Blenheim Palace 10th November 2016



When you first see the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and the home of the current (12th) Duke of Marlborough you may be forgiven for thinking you have walked into the pages of Jane Austen novel. Blenheim Palace stands majestically square and tall, like a soldier, against the horizon. Surrounded on all sides by fabulous gardens and grounds that you could spend days exploring before even stepping foot inside the ornate English Baroque palace.

We had a great time at Blenheim Palace strolling, running and even playing in the large grounds and taking in the autumn colours of the trees and plants. There was just so much to see that we couldn’t see it all but luckily we discovered that your entry ticket can be turned into an annual pass and what’s even better, for free!

Inside the Palace it was a just as expected. Regal and almost imposing as we moved through the grand spaces taking in vivid frescos and antique furniture. On hand in each room was a knowledgeable and very well spoken guide to tell you some of this history and what was happening in the Palace.

The Marlborough family and team at Blenheim like to offer support to the arts and during this trip we were treated to some interesting and conversational art works, from Michelangelo Pistoletto, throughout the grand palace and grounds. This included statues buried in washing, a hall of photo adorned mirrors and a gold car sunk in the water terraces.

Just outside the house you can take a miniature train ride, always popular with Champ, over to the pleasure gardens. A special area designed with the young in mind including a hedge maze, two play parks, a butterfly farm and a miniature village. The kids loved this space and we had fun too running around with them and laughing loudly.

Blenheim Palace: Who is it for?



Everyone from young too old this place has it all.

Blenheim Palace: Food



We didn’t eat at Blenheim Palace (thanks to the huge breakfast at the holiday inn) but it does multiple food options including cafes and most noticeably the Orangery restaurant with a delicious menu of classic British favourites.

    The food options on offer are:
  • The Oxfordshire Pantry offering cakes, sandwiches and salads.
  • The Water Terrace Café which is a cafeteria style restaurant.
  • The Pleasure Gardens Deli serving hot and cold snacks including handmade pizza and healthy choices for the kids.

Blenheim Palace: Location



Blenheim Place is situated in the village of Woodstock just outside Oxford and best reached by car via the A40 or A34 roads. For our trip we stayed at the Holiday Inn Pear Tree which was only a 5 mile drive away just on the other side of the A34.

Blenheim Palace: Cost



The cost for Blenheim Palace is as follows:

  • Adult ticket £24.90
  • Concession for over 60’s and students £19.90
  • Children aged 5 to 16 £13.90
  • Children under 5 are free
  • Family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children £59.90 (therefore if you are getting two adults and one child a family ticket is the best option).

While the ticket price feels high it can be converted for free into an annual pass and the Palace certainly has enough to offer to keep people busy for more than one day.

Blenheim Palace: Location



Blenheim Place is situated in the village of Woodstock just outside Oxford and best reached by car via the A40 or A34 roads.

For our trip we stayed at the Holiday Inn Pear Tree which was only a 5 mile drive away just on the other side of the A34.

Blenheim Palace: Downside



While we didn’t eat at Blenheim Palace we passed close to each venue and throughout the day they were very busy so it may be worth brining a picnic or trying to eat outside of “normal” lunch and dinner times.

Blenheim Palace: Overall



A really interesting and impressive stately home that is a great for a family day out.

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