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Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

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With a calendar packed full of special events and activities, World Heritage-listed Blenheim Palace attracts visitors from around the globe. Built between 1705 and 1722, this monumental palace is the official residence of the dukes of Marlborough. Designed in the short-lived English Baroque style, the palace is unique in its combined usage as a family home, mausoleum, and national monument. Also notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of Winston Churchill, the building includes one of the finest art collections in Europe. Guided tours, included in the admission price, are available throughout the day. You can also choose to join a themed tour, which includes an extended series of special-interest lectures and walks though the palace’s historic chambers. To visit Blenheim Palace and other attractions in Woodstock, use our Woodstock vacation generator.
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  • Our schedule dictated we visited the Palace on the day of the Nocture Concert, so the main courtyard was closed. On driving in we were directed to a grassy parking area close to the entrance gate, whi...  more »
  • Lovely walk around the grounds which are stunning. House is very interesting. Well worth a visit. Outdoor concerts are very good.  more »
  • Had a great day out fabulous place stunning gardens had an amazing walk around the lakes and the grounds really well maintained  more »
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  • Excellent guides who know the features and history of the castle and the Dukes of Marlborough. See the audio as well take the guided tour. Restaurant also has good food and reasonable prices. Gift shop is well stocked and reasonably priced. Great place to visit. Much to see and enjoy
  • Well worth the visit, we took the train from London with connecting buss to the castle. The park surrounding the castle is stunning and in itself worth a visit. The castle is a magnificent building, outside and inside. You can both walk around in some parts of the castle yourself and some parts like the private living quarter of the Marlborough family is only accessible by a guided tour. If you are interested in Churchill Blenheim is worth the visit, lots of the displays are focusing on Churchill, his life and the impact Blenheim had on him. Churchill was born here and spend time with his grandmother growing up at Blenheim. Plan your visit you easily spend a day at Blenheim.
  • A stunning and beautiful building steeped in history. Its gardens are gorgeous and extensive to look around. The tour around the interior of Blenheim Palace is also much recommended. The family connection between Winston Churchill and Blenheim's owners adds to the charm and interest of the estate. A worthwhile day out, yet on a cursory side note the entrance fee is a little expensive.
  • Too much to do in one day. Well worth upgrading your ticket to an Annual Pass. You could spend the day just doing the house and the extra tours. If you have time do some of the longer Garden walks too. Super. We loved it.
  • Really nice place to find and visit. The grounds​ are so beautiful to walk round.