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Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire is the home of the Duke of Marlborough. This is an independent guide to Blenheim Palace and it's beautiful grounds and has no affiliation with Blenheim Palace.

Living just a few miles away in the Oxfordshire town of Witney means that Blenheim Palace is almost on the doorstep as Woodstock is just a short drive from Witney.

Residents of, or regular visitors to, the area may like to take advantage of the Annual Pass scheme.

Birthplace of Winston Churchill on 1874, Blenheim Palace and the royal estate of Woodstock was the reward given to John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, for his victory over the French at the battle of Blenheim.

Queen Anne gave Churchill the Woodstock estate and funds to build a palace there, Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story

A State-of-the-art visitor experience is open in the heart of the Palace called ‘Blenheim Palace: the Untold Story’. Dramatic moments from the last 300 years of history at Blenheim Palace are brought to life through animatronic figures and innovative film and projection technology, seen through the eyes of the servants.


 

There are two main entrances to Blenheim Palace, one just south of Woodstock on the Oxford Road and the other through the Triumphal Arch at the end of Park Street in Woodstock. There are various other entrances that are suitable for pedestrians.

Blenheim Palace was designed by the architect Sir John Vanbrugh. Blenheim Palace was started in 1705 and was finished after the death of John Chruchill in 1722.

Paintings, porcelain collections and magnificant tapestries fill the stunning State Rooms.

Visitors to Belnheim Palace can tour around the Private Apartments and see where the current Duke and his family live. The Private Apartment tours only run during the summer and depends if His Grace is in residence.

     

Formal gardens flank the house and Blenheim Palace is set in around 2,100 acres of spectacular parkland landscaped by Capability Brown and surrounded by sweeping manicured lawns.

An impressive lake crossed by a bridge leads up to Blenheim Palace giving what must be one of the most picturesque and photographed scenes in the UK.

The impressive Column of Victory, standing 40 metres high, was started five years after the Duke of Marlborough's death and was completed in 1730 at a cost of £3,000. The column is topped by the lead statue of the Duke.

  Blenheim Palace Garden