The only non-royal palace in England offers a fun and educational day out in Oxfordshire with lots to see and do both indoors and outside.
Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PS
Tel: 01993 810530
Animals, Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities, Trips and Transport
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4; admission price is reduced for park and gardens only)
Be sure to include Blenheim Palace if you’re planning family days out in Oxfordshire. There’ll be something for the whole family to enjoy and, no matter how many times you visit, you’ll find there is always something new to discover.
Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family, Blenheim was built in the early 1700s to celebrate victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession. Today, visitors are invited to explore the magnificent Palace including the Great Hall and intricately decorated State Rooms.
Admire amazing portraits, beautiful furniture, priceless porcelain and famous tapestries depicting the victories of the first Duke. Study the permanent Churchill Exhibition to learn more about Sir Winston Churchill, who was born at Blenheim Palace.
Guided tours of the State Rooms are available with family quizzes to keep the children entertained. Meet ghosts from the Palace’s past in ’Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story’.
Head outside to visit the gardens sited within 2,000 acres of landscaped parkland, the work of Lancelot ’Capability’ Brown. Stroll in the Formal Gardens and enjoy a family walk in the Park, learn the history behind The Grand Bridge and gaze up at The Column of Victory.
Catch the miniature train to the Pleasure Gardens, packed with family things to do such as the Giant Hedge Maze, Adventure Playground for younger children and tropical Butterfly House with hot-house flowers and butterflies in free flight. Wander through the Lavender Garden and visit the Blenheim Bygones Exhibition with tools and machinery from the past.
There is an exciting programme of special events, which includes seasonal activities and fabulous jousting tournaments.
Fabulous event, making the most of an amazing setting, well managed with very helpful staff to guide you round the event. A great way to spend an evening with the family and friends of all ages and a good range of activities for all age groups it was nice to learn some of the history of the palace and how it was built. The activities were varied, the Churchill talks appealed to a certain group and there were many free games and activities for younger members of the family. We particularly enjoyed the dance lessons; the facilitator was extremely good at getting everyone involved and enjoying the session. The food was of good quality but lacked variety, a fish and chip van & a hog roast would have added to the choices whilst keeping the them British. It was also unclear when they were closing service leaving some people unable to eat, the picnic aspect was good but was not well publicised. The closing event was spectacular taking advantage of the beautiful setting. The audio on Churchill’s speech was poor and perhaps needs some modern technological attention so everyone can hear and understand it as some words were unintelligible. The fireworks were first class and made a perfect end to a well-managed event. Def take your own drinks as £6 for a large pimms & £8.50 for a large Aperol Spritz. Fireworks were really brilliant and if I had small kids (6-10yrs) the whole event would have been a really special treat night our for the whole family and not too expensive, especially if you take your own picnic. They gave you an info sheet with what time everything would start which was really good as it helped let you plan to do everything you wanted to do. The dance lessons got a group of about 30 people dancing, but the 1940’s swing band lost them all because the second song they played was too slow to dance to!! As they stopped serving food at 9, we could have easily missed all food options (we saw this happen to another family) If I had small hungry children that would have been a massive bummer – luckily we didn’t!
12:04 PM July 18, 2018
We recommend you always check COVID-secure measures before you travel and note changes to booking requirements. We hope you and your children enjoy wonderful and safe days out this autumn.