Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

You are invited to enjoy privileged access to Blenheim Palace, one of the finest examples of the splendour of aristocratic living in the UK. Explore Blenheim Palace history, the Battle of Blenheim and Blenheim Palace interiors with an exclusive, private tour around the estate which is home to the Dukedom of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

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Visit Blenheim Palace

Car journey time from London:

  • 1.25hrs - 70 miles / 112 km

Recommended accommodation:

  • Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
  • The Old Bank
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    Delight in Blenheim Palace History

    Blenheim Palace is one of the finest examples of the splendour of aristocratic living in the UK and holds the legacy of the Battle of Blenheim.

    The Palace and the grounds are truly magnificent. The Palace was built between 1705 and 1733 for John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough to celebrate his victory over the French in the Battle of Blenheim, a major battle of the War of the Spanish Succession, on 13th August 1704.

    Over the past 300 years Blenheim Palace has been the home of the Dukes of Marlborough and is home today to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and their family.

    As well as a private home, the Estate has been used for a huge number of other purposes throughout our history, including a hospital for wounded soldiers during World War I and a home for evacuees in World War II. In 1950, the 10th Duke of Marlborough opened Blenheim Palace to the public for the first time.  

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    Private Tour of Blenheim Palace

    We will create your exclusive tour with the Blenheim team to give you privileged access to usually unseen areas of the Palace with the very best guide.

    You can enjoy a private tour of the beautiful Palace State Rooms and the Private Apartments, where the Duke of Marlborough and his family live. This rare treat is definitely one for the history buffs! Following this, you will be guided through the Churchill Exhibition and learn all about the amazing life of our 'Greatest Briton,' before taking lunch. 

    The Orangery Restaurant is your setting for an exquisite seasonal 3-course lunch, served by your own personal, dedicated waiter. You will be able to enjoy the peaceful ambience of the Orangery as you chat with your family and friends.

    After lunch, your guide will lead you around the Formal Gardens to relax and fully take in the Blenheim Palace history. Don't miss the Pleasure Gardens, because there you will get a chance to experience the wonderful Butterfly House and the Walled Garden.

    To round out the day we recommend visiting Woodstock, where Blenheim Palace is located, to enjoy a stroll through the market town and dine in one of the welcoming British pubs.  

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    Christmas at Blenheim Palace

    Loose yourself in the Christmas spirit as you explore The Palace in festive dress and learn how a traditional Blenheim Palace Christmas is celebrated. Outside in the festive gardens you will find the spectacular Illuminated Lights Trail - bright lights for winter nights!

    Wrap up warm and walk through breath-taking light displays with your family and friends, with new surprises along the Trail this year from the Heart of the Stars scattering shards of light across the lawn to a scented fire garden that adorns the Water Terrace. Walk towards dynamic, colour-changing neon tunnels, lakeside reflections and onto a mesmerising place where, beneath the branches of a sprawling tree softly glows the fairy-fire, Will-o-the-Wisps. Find the perfect outdoor Christmas experience at Blenheim Palace!

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    A job well done! I hope this message brings a smile to your face in knowing your efforts and care had an amazing impact on making lasting memories of our English experience in the country.

    A Kleber

    We had a truly amazing experience! Every detail was attended to and the whole adventure was complete perfection. Much thanks to you for dealing with all of our schedule changes and moving parts.

    C Beck

    Thank you so much for organising such a splendid and successful day on Friday last, we and all our guests so much enjoyed the day and experience.

    D Marcuse

    I would recommend you to anyone, your service cannot be faulted

    Ian Clout

    Everything was splendid. We very much appreciate your fast action in setting up the day. Could not have enjoyed ourselves more thanks to you.

    J Cunningham

    We had an absolutely fabulous day visiting Blenheim. We felt very pampered and special. Please thank everyone at Humphreys of Henley for arranging this special day.

    P Stirrat

    Thank you for setting up the palace tour and helping out with the information and guides. The tour went above and beyond our expectations. We enjoyed it immensely. Wow. What a place.

    S Rucker

    We had the best meal we’ve had on our trip thus far. Wow! You have taken such good care of us, thank you.

    T Gressette