A major landmark in the cultural landscape of Britain, Blenheim Palace is a must-see for many reasons. This popular attraction is also furnished with all the amenities you need to enjoy the ideal day out.
Nestled on the fringe of Woodstock town, the palace is a 20 minute drive from Oxford city centre, within an hour and a half of both London and Bristol. Receive a 30% discount on the price of entry if you arrive by public transport, bicycle or on foot.
Blenheim Palace is open for visiting year-round, except for Christmas Day. The Park is open from 9AM until dusk, while the Formal Gardens, the Pleasure Gardens and the East Courtyard Shop are open from 10AM until 6PM. If you wish to visit the Palace itself, opening hours are 10.30AM until 5.30PM, with last entry at 4.45PM.
There are several restaurants catering to visitors to Blenheim Palace. Dine on freshly prepared cuisine incorporating locally farmed ingredients at The Orangery Restaurant (open from 12AM until 5.30PM), The Oxfordshire Pantry (open daily from 9.30AM until 6PM). Lighter bites are available at the Water Terrace Cafe between 10AM and 6PM. Stone baked pizzas are served at the Pleasure Gardens Pizza Cafe between 10AM and 5.30PM daily.
In the vicinity of Oxford's world-famous university and the many cultural and historic attractions of this quintessentially British region, Blenheim Palace hotels make a superb base for holidays.
Famous British Prime Minister Winston Churchill liked to spend hours reading in the Long Library. Come and take a stroll in the garden designed in his honour, situated within the palace grounds. A couple of miles outside of Woodstock, you can also visit the politician's grave.
Unearth the ruins of an ancient Roman villa, first uncovered in 1813. The archaeological excavation has exposed more than 60 rooms. Many boast spectacular original mosaics dating to the Roman occupation of Britain.
Set within the parkland of a listed Victorian homestead is one of Oxfordshire's most popular attractions. Exotic animals thrive on 160 acres of parkland. Meet red pandas and rhinos, lions and lizards. You'll have to chance to walk through enclosures where meerkats and lemurs roam freely, and exquisite Walled Gardens.