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Blenheim Palace Tours

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Blenheim Palace
Built in the early 18th century, this stately home is one of Britain’s grandest historical estates. It was gifted by Queen Anne to the Duke of Marlborough, General John Churchill, for his role in defeating the French at the 1704 Battle of Blenheim, and Britain’s beloved wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill was born here in 1874. 

The Basics
Visitors can choose between two tickets: One provides access to the park and gardens only, while the other grants access to the park, gardens, and palace. The latter includes guided tours of the Palace State Rooms and access to the Untold Story interactive exhibit, which traces the palace’s long history. The Churchill Exhibition explores the life story of the former English prime minister through photographs, letters, and artifacts and is also included with palace admission.

Audio guides are available for a small extra fee, as are special seasonal tours. Visitors can explore the palace independently or go as part of day tours from London, Oxford, or Bournemouth. Day tours typically combine a visit to Blenheim Palace with trips to nearby Cotswolds villages, such as Bampton, Bibury, and Bourton-on-the-Water. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Blenheim Palace is a must for British history buffs, outdoor lovers, and architecture enthusiasts. 
  • Four cafés and restaurants can be found on the estate. 
  • Free Wi-Fi is available at the palace.
  • The state rooms are accessible to wheelchair users via a staff-operated elevator, though the Untold Story exhibition, as well as some of the special tours, are not. 

How to Get There
Blenheim Palace is situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, about a 20-minute drive from Oxford city. To get here, ride the S3 bus from Oxford, or the Oxford Bus Company’s 500 service from Oxford Parkway. 

When to Get There 
Blenheim Palace is open all year, and tours take place every day except Sunday, when visitors can explore independently and guides are stationed in most rooms to answer questions. Summer weekends are busiest, so come midweek or outside of peak summer season (June, July, and August) to avoid the crowds. 

Exploring the Gardens and Grounds
While the palace itself is the main attraction, there is just as much to see in the surrounding gardens and park, portions of which were designed by the famous landscaper Lancelot “Capability” Brown. Ride a minitrain to the Pleasure Gardens, where you’ll find a butterfly house, an adventure playground, and the Marlborough Maze, comprised of thousands of yew hedges. Walking trails around the park lead to other sights, such as the Temple of Diana, where Winston Churchill proposed to his wife, and the Grand Cascade waterfall. 
Address: Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1PP, England
Admission: Varies
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'Downton Abbey' TV Locations, Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace Tour from Oxford

'Downton Abbey' TV Locations, Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace Tour from Oxford

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Immerse yourself in the lives and loves of beloved ‘Downtown Abbey’ characters on a full-day tour of the popular period drama’s filming locations from Oxford. With a knowledgeable guide, visit quaint and quintessential villages like Cogges, Bampton, Blado and Swinbrook to see recognizable sites featured in ‘Downtown Abbey.’ In the afternoon, discover the imperial majesty of Blenheim Palace, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancestral home of Winston Churchill, and gain fascinating insight into the history of English aristocracy.
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  • 9 hours
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US$196.21
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Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace Private Day Tour from Oxford

Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace Private Day Tour from Oxford

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Discover some of the most picturesque highlights of the Cotswolds—and visit UNESCO-listed Blenheim Palace—on this full-day, private tour. Meet your guide at your area accommodation, and set off via air-conditioned vehicle. Head first to the Cotswolds (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) to visit charming English villages like Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold. Next, transfer to Blenheim Palace: famed for its opulent design, the palace was also Winston Churchill’s birthplace. As this is a private tour, the itinerary can also be customized to suit your interests.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$371.43
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Cotswolds & Blenheim Palace - Small Groups

Cotswolds & Blenheim Palace - Small Groups

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This tour will give you access to one of England’s most scenic regions—The Cotswolds. Conveniently, round-trip transport from Oxford is provided, and you’ll save hours researching Cotwolds highlights by having an action-packed itinerary of quaint village stop-offs. Highlights include Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water, and the stunning Blenheim Palace, where Winston Churchill was born. Enjoy having plenty of time to explore independently, and you’ll also stop off at a historic pub for lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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Blenheim Palace Guided Tour from Oxford

Blenheim Palace Guided Tour from Oxford

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Experience Blenheim Palace through the eyes of a historian, as well as the eyes of an explorer.  With maximum four people in your group, you’ll enjoy a personalized 90-minute tour with your private guide.  Afterwards, explore the palace and its grounds at your own pace, pausing where and when you like. At the end of the day, easy to use public transportation takes you back to Oxford.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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US$395.04
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Blenheim Palace Guided Tour (with or without additional tour of Oxford city)

Blenheim Palace Guided Tour (with or without additional tour of Oxford city)

Blenheim Palace is known for being the birthplace of Winston Churchill, and the former home of the Duke of Marlborough. Learn more about this magnificent building by going on a guided tour. A guide enriches the experience with fascinating historical stories about how the palace was built, its most notable features, and entertaining stories such as when the main architect was refused entry.
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Cotswold Taster Tour from Oxford

Cotswold Taster Tour from Oxford

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If you're short on time but want to experience the Cotswolds, book this half-day tour from Oxford. The region is known as an English countryside idyll with its gentle hills and thatched-roof villages, and you'll discover its highlights with the help of a guide. The experience includes sights of all the must-see villages including Bourton-on-the-Water, Asthall, Stow-on-the-Weld, and Woodstock where Sir Winston Churchill was born.
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  • 5 hours
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Cotswold Summer Explorer Tour

Cotswold Summer Explorer Tour

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Spend a day in the Cotswolds with this guided day trip from the city of Oxford. A region of postcard-perfect English villages, green hills, and manor houses, the Cotswolds has been designated as an Area of Outstanding National Beauty. See its highlights with a guide, and discover villages such as Asthall, Swinbrook, and Bourton-on-the-Water -- places that inspired writers and artists with their idyllic appeal. Through the day, you'll enjoy a mix of guided activities and free time to explore at your own pace.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Blenheim Palace Guided Tour- meet at palace

Blenheim Palace Guided Tour- meet at palace

Go to the former home of Winston Churchill, and the Duke of Marlborough—the magnificent Blenheim Palace. Guarantee your entry at a specified time by pre-booking your ticket in advance. Explore the palace with a guide, so you don’t miss any highlights, and hear fascinating stories about its history and construction along the way.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$395.06
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Cotswolds Summer Adventurer Tour

Cotswolds Summer Adventurer Tour

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The Cotswolds, a picturesque region in England, epitomizes idyllic village life. Visit a trove of thatched cottages, trout farms and tea shops, and centuries-old estates during this small-group guided tour. Highlights include Bibury’s Arlington Row—known as the prettiest street in England—and the real-life backdrop to hit series “Downtown Abbey.”
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Cotswold Winter Adventurer

Cotswold Winter Adventurer

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The Cotswolds are the epitome of classic English countryside: from thatched-roof cottages and riverside hamlets to rolling green hills, the scenery has earned the region an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty designation. This full-day, small-group tour from Oxford makes it easy to see the sights. Traveling by luxury minibus, you’ll venture to some of the Cotswolds’ prettiest villages. As you go, your guide will share facts and stories about the region’s key landmarks and wealth of history.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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