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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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  • In Jan 2017, I visited Blenheim Palace. I think people may not have realized it's open in winter - whatever the reason, I was one of the only people there! I took a walk to the cascades waterfall and ...  more »
  • The Oxfordshire Pantry is dreadful! Paid £5 for cream tea which included a mug of tea instead of a tea pot . I had to use a plastic cup for the milk. £3.95 for a vegetable soup which included a stale ...  more »
  • Spent the day at Blenheim, still much to see on next visit! Great afternoon tea in the Indian room with great service. Downstairs tour a bit disappointing, even though the guide was great! The passion...  more »
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  • Absolutely fantastic place to visit!!!! Although the entry fee is quite expensive, it is definitely worth a visit!!! Great for the family to visit!!!! Could easily spend a whole day here. Great cafes, great tasting food, however it is a little pricey, so it may be good for families to bring a packed lunch. Amazing butterfly house and maze!!!! Great fun and lovely grounds to walk around and explore. Thoroughly enjoyed my visit.
  • High on Baroque opulence, but it lacks a little warmth, or vividness to make it a great experience. The highlight was the Pistoletto show that brought some intrigue to an otherwise lukewarm tour. Some live music, restored tapestries, better lighting would help to bring some vibrancy to the palace. I am sure on other days it is more lively, but today it lack some soul. The grounds are beautiful however, and the staff outstanding. Really expensive though, a fact that cannot be ignored - this price sets expectations really high.
  • We had wanted to visit Blenheim Palace for a lot of years as my husband used to cycle round the roads on the site over 40 years ago! We were taken here on a coach trip but unfortunately due to heavy traffic we didn't arrive until 1.00 pm and had to leave at 4.30 which was no where near long enough to see everything! We had a quick cuppa on arrival in one of their few cafes before doing the right side of the palace! This included the stately rooms and several rooms dedicated to Winston Churchill's life and achievements. The room he was born in was also included in the tour. You are free to tag on the end of a tour group or leave one at anytime. The left side of the house is where the Untold Story exhibition is and I'm not quite sure about it. You go in 10 at a time into rooms where there is a lady on a screen telling you a story relating to the Palace - it takes 45 minutes and although very informative I personally would have preferred to had had the original rooms open as it seems a bit gimmicky. Also there needs to be sheets available in all languages to explain the procedure to foreign visitors because they were just walking through the rooms where in fact you are supposed to stay in the room until the story has finished and the doors open automatically to allow you into the next one! We walked round the formal gardens which included the water gardens which are stunning! We were disappointed that we could only view the Italian Gardens from over the hedge which unfortunately I was too short to see! We didn't have time to see the secret or pleasure gardens but the photos look stunning. Definitely work a visit but allow all day!
  • Blenheim is a beautiful palace, home to some true beauty. It is filled with amazing tapestries, sculptures, gardens, and portraits. However, the palace itself much prefered to act as an art exhibit than display it's own beauty, and ultimately this led to a sub par experience. I could not really enjoy the wonders on offer due to the distracting and overpowering artwork. It was not the experience I expected, and I would struggle to recommend a visit, especially given the high price of entry. There are plenty of other places where time is better spent.
  • Amazing place to spend many days, there is plenty to see and do, it is full of history and if nothing else, you could spend a full day just looking at the magnificent architecture of the palace. It is expensive, however a free annual pass can be obtained once a ticket is purchased. Well worth the investment