Blenheim Palace Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Open from mid February to mid December. Saturday 11 February to Sunday 4 November: open daily Wednesday 7 November to Friday 14 December: open Wednesday to Sunday inclusive Palace open 10.30am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.45pm) Gardens open 10am - 6pm (or dusk) Park open daily 9am - 6pm (or dusk)
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The birthplace of Winston Churchill, home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, and a World Heritage site, Blenheim Palace is a fascinating and beautiful place to visit.
Situated in Woodstock, just 8 miles from Oxford, Blenheim Palace is surrounded by over 2,000 acres of 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland, the great lake, and beautiful formal gardens, offering an unforgettable day out for all. It offers landscaped gardens, a magnificent lake and acres of parkland. There is an adventure play area in the pleasure gardens, complete with giant board games and The Marlborough Maze - the second largest hedge maze in the world. There is also a Miniature Train, and a Butterfly House.
The Pleasure Gardens
The Pleasure Gardens can be reached by the miniature train, on foot or there is a small car park. It is the perfect place for families to while away an hour or two, watching exotic butterflies, muddling around the Marlborough Maze or letting off steam in the Adventure Playground.
The narrow-gauge railway links the Palace to the Pleasure Gardens. A firm favourite with children and adults alike, the railway operates daily from February until October at half-hour intervals and at weekends only between November and December. The diesel locomotive, Sir Winston Churchill, pulls three canopied carriages and can reach a speed of 12 mph. *Please note that the train has a carriage with wheelchair access.
Train Times:From the Palace - First train 11am and then on the hour and half hour, last train 5.10pm. Pleasure Gardens - First train 11.15am and then at quarter to the hour and quarter past the hour, last train 5.30pm.
Please note that during busy times the train runs more frequently.
The Marlborough Maze
The Marlborough Maze is the world's second largest symbolic hedge maze, designed to reflect the history and architecture of the Palace. The maze covers an area of just over an acre (0.4 hectare) and has two high wooden bridges which provide perfect vantage points. Within the maze area is a model of a Woodstock street, putting greens, as well as a giant chess and draughts set.
In the Butterfly House, exotic tropical butterflies can be seen in free flight. The special hatchery contains the pupae of many of the species, bred on site - so at Blenheim, it's possible to study the full life-cycle. More exotic butterflies can be seen, depending on the season. The Monarch from North America, the Owl butterflies of Central and South America and the Heliconius butterflies, also from Central and South America.
Adventure Play Area
Children can let off steam in our Adventure Play Area which is situated within the Pleasure Gardens. The Adventure Play Area is a purpose built wooden play area including plank bridges to run across, ladders to climb, swings and slides to enjoy.
Palace, Park & Gardens ticket prices: Adults £20.00 Concessions £15.50 Child £11.50 Family (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) £52.00 Park & Gardens ticket prices: Adults £11.50 Concessions £8.50 Child £6.00 Family (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) £30.00
The Pleasure Gardens The narrow-gauge railway The Marlborough Maze Butterfly House Adventure Play Area
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