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how to spend a day at Blenheim Palace

February 1, 2024 · 15 MIN READ

Blenheim Palace is known for being Britain’s Greatest Palace and there is so much to see and do during your visit.

Whether you’ve been here before or you are looking at visiting for the first time this blog will be a useful read for you. With an impressive history to discover and a jam-packed calendar of events there is something for everyone to enjoy at Blenheim Palace. If you’re looking to extend your stay, why not book a self-catering break at our Blenheim Palace Lodge Retreat?

did you know?

When you book a stay at Blenheim Palace Lodge Retreat you will also receive a 20% discount code* for any variant of Blenheim Palace annual passes.

*20% discount is valid on standard Blenheim Palace entry tickets only. Discount excludes all seasonal and special events.

before you visit

Once you’ve booked your tickets for Blenheim Palace, we would suggest checking out their events calendar. They have their annual events that are on every year like the Flower Show and the Food Festival but then they also have various events and exhibitions that are new and unique each year. So, whether you are looking for some family fun, musical experiences or want to get involved in some sporting events there is something for everyone.

Blenheim Palace events

things to do at Blenheim Palace

things to do

You can easily spend the whole day exploring Blenheim Palace from things inside the palace to the stunning gardens and grounds that surround.

take a tour of the Palace

Although Blenheim Palace is an active family home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough there are hundreds of years of extensive history to discover through the Palace.

explore the gardens

There are various gardens across Blenheim Palace to explore, the award-winning Formal Gardens that are spread across 150 acres. The Italian Garden which you can view but not walk around, the Rose Garden and the Secret Garden. The Secret Garden is where you will find the Butterfly House and the Marlborough Maze.

Adventure Play

Perfect for families, the Adventure Play has all sorts to entertain children. From splash zones, zip wires and more to enjoy it’s a great addition to your day.

spot the sights on your way around

Blenheim Palace has so many things around the gardens to discover from the Grand Bridge, the Column of Victory, the Great Lake, and all the iconic filming locations. Some of the film locations you will easily recognise as you explore but make sure to look out for the Cedar of Lebanon Tree which is also known as the Harry Potter tree.

plan your day

places to eat

You won’t be short of choice when it comes to places to eat at Blenheim Palace. Whether you are after a quick bite to eat or a sophisticated afternoon tea there is something for everyone. The Oxfordshire Pantry, The Stables Café and The Snack Shack are great choices for a quick bite to eat or drink. And if you are looking for more of a sit down meal there is The Walled Garden Pizzeria and The Orangery Restaurant.

cafés and restaurants

before you leave

Once you’ve done everything you wanted and explored the Palace and Gardens make sure you take a trip to the shop before you leave. Blenheim Palace has partnered with renowned British companies with the products in the shop as well as items that are produced from the Blenheim Estate.

shopping at Blenheim Palace

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