Blenheim Palace is surrounded by a large park of over 2000 acres, beautifully landscaped and well worth a visit in its own right. Gentle hillsides and well-kept lakes are complemented by large pastures with free-roaming sheep.
A number of magnificent gardens, including the Pleasure Gardens, Italian Garden and Rose Garden are well worth a visit as is the 'Capability' Brown landscaped Park.
Many of the paths are tarred, making for easy walking in most areas. The walks don't really need any description - the park is beautiful in whichever direction you go, and if you start at Blenheim Palace you will always find your way back easily.
You can easily walk for a number of hours, and there are many places to simply sit and relax, so depending on how long you intend to stay it might be worth taking a packed lunch.
As well as the park and formal gardens there is of course the palace itself, including guided tours of
- the magnificent State Rooms
- "Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story", a fabulous visitor experience bringing some of the dramatic events of the last 300 years at Blenheim Palace to life and
- the Churchill Exhibition, a fascinating insight into one of the most famous Britons including paintings, photographs and personal letters.
For the younger visitor, take a trip on the miniature Winston Churchill locomotive train which takes you from the Palace to the Pleasure Gardens. Here you can wander through the Marlborough Maze - the world's second largest hedge maze!
What to consider
The main paths can generally be walked in whatever you feel comfortable in. Some of the paths through the woodlands can get muddy after rainfall, but there are always made-up paths as an alternative.
How to get there
Blenheim Park borders in the historic town of Woodstock and is only 8 miles North West of Oxford on the A44 Evesham Road. It is easily accessible from both London and Birmingham and is signposted from Junction 9 of the M40.
You can enter by the main entrance to Blenheim Palace, or there's an entrance near Woodstock town hall.
There's a large car park outside Blenheim Palace the price of which is included in the entry fee for the Park & Gardens which is currently £11.50 for adults. If you want to visit the park only, you could also park in Woodstock, in one of the designated areas, and walk the short way to one of the park entrances (no entry fee, but parking fees may apply).
Most of the paths are accessible by wheelchair as is the palace itself.
Telephone: +44(0)1993 810 530 (enquiries) or free phone 0800 849 6500
(24 hour recorded free information service)
Opening Times: open daily from 9am to 6pm (or dusk)