Blenheim Palace Guided Tour with Transport from Oxford

Tours & Sightseeing in Oxford

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Enjoy a guided tour of one of England's most famous palaces & gardens but also home to the Churchill family and Duke of Marlborough. Our tour will describe the destiny of events which led to the creation of Blenheim palace. Its creation was no easy achievement- the main architect was even refused entry to see his completed work! However, it is open today for all to enjoy its sumptuous interior and its expansive gardens, lake house and maze. Most of our tours are effectively private group bookings. Thus, average numbers on tours are only 2 persons. Group size is limited to 6 persons only. Guided tour duration is 90 minutes+. Upon arrival at Blenheim palace, your guide will take you on a guided tour from approximately 2pm to 3.30pm. You will then have free time to visit other parts of the palace and gardens on your own or to enjoy a meal at the palace gardens cafe or interior restaurant.
If you have your own transport, you can either meet us at the palace cafe ticket point at 2pm. Alternatively, you can meet us at 12.45 in Oxford city centre at our usual meeting point OUTSIDE Oxford visitor info centre, 15 Broad street, OX1 3AS. We will include free return travel to the palace on the public bus from Oxford, catching the bus from Oxford at about 1pm. If you prefer to ask us to reserve a taxi for you, that can be arranged but you would need to pay the taxi driver directly on the day at a cost of approx £30 per journey. We also recommend that after you visit Blenheim palace, you also visit Woodstock village which is just a short walk from the palace. Woodstock has Cotswolds style traditional stone buildings and is very pretty with some good pubs and a museum which closes at 4pm or 5pm. There is a regular bus service back to Oxford which leaves outside the palace gates or from Woodstock village centre, until late in the evening. Our marginally higher ticket price reflects the special quality of our limiting groups to max 6 persons. In fact, we average 2 persons only per tour. ACTIVITY DURATION: Your guide will introduce the palace heritage & its special place in English history with you on a guided tour of the palace lasting approximately 90 minutes from 2pm-3.30pm. However, you really should schedule at least another 2 hours free time to explore the palace and gardens yourselves. There are several different exhibit areas plus play areas for children and the maze for all ages, seeking an adventure. You also should take chance to walk to adjacent Woodstock village.  So you could plan your day to end as late as 6pm or later.

What’s included

  • Due to palace closures, this tour will not run on Jan 7th plus Jan 8th 2019 and Dec 25 2019.
  • Entrance fees worth up to £27 per person in 2018 are included in ticket.
  • Local guide for guided tour of the palace (this does not include  tour of the gardens and estate).
  • If you book to meet us in Oxford city, we provide return bus ticket paid by us to join your guide to take you there on the public bus.

What’s not included

  • Palace closed on Jan 7th plus Jan 8th 2019 and Dec 25th 2019.
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • We offer you a guided tour of the palace state rooms. The tour does not include a tour of the gardens and the estate grounds as the estate is very extensive and you can explore the gardens and grounds at leisure after the tour in your own free time.
  • If you opt to return after activity by taxi to Oxford, then that is not included (a taxi may cost anything from £30-45 single journey) but this can be arranged for you, if you request it.