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 2-4 persons. 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 typically having smaller groups than our competitors- average 2-4 persons only per tour.
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. I would assume 2 hours with guide + extra 2-4 hours free time.