Blenheim Palace
School trips and educational visits

School trips and educational visits

We are committed to engaging and inspiring students of all ages, and host a variety of educational visits and programmes to help them learn about a range of topics. Explore your options for booking a school trip or educational visit using the topics below. 

Alternatively, you can take a look at our wealth of resources available should you wish to lead a visit or teach a class independently.

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School trips and educational visits

We are committed to engaging and inspiring students of all ages, and host a variety of educational visits and programmes to help them learn about a range of topics. Explore your options for booking a school trip or educational visit using the topics below. 

Alternatively, you can take a look at our wealth of resources available should you wish to lead a visit or teach a class independently.

Book now Teacher resources

Topics & tours

Book a visit with our Education Team and inspire your students with tours themed around any of our range of topics

Suitable for Primary Schools
Suitable for Secondary Schools
Suitable for Higher Education
Available on our Outreach Programme
Introduction to Blenheim Palace

Introduction to Blenheim Palace

This tour offers a closer look at the Palace, both inside and out, and encourages learning in a range of areas including Maths, English Language, French and Speaking & Listening.

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Introduction to Blenheim Palace

Our Introduction to Blenheim Palace tour is tailored for Reception classes and Key Stages one and two. The tour can be taken in English, French or a combination of both , to comply with the new National Curriculum.

The aim of the tour is to give young pupils and students a chance to look closely at the Palace, both inside and out, encouraging them to observe and comment on the different shapes, colours and features that they see. The tour also provides the chance to do some simple Maths, and to learn a little about who lives at Blenheim Palace. 

The tour covers a range of elements including Maths for simple addition and subtraction, English Language and Speaking & Listening skills for observation, identification and description.

What the day involves

Your group will be met on arrival by a member of our Education Team. You will then all be escorted to the East Courtyard for the start of the tour. The tour will last approximately 30 minutes and will include a visit to the East Courtyard, the Great Court, the Great Hall and the Long Library. The tour finishes in the Chapel with a short review. Afterwards children and staff are free to explore the Pleasure Gardens which include the Marlborough Hedge Maze, Butterfly House and Adventure Playground, so that everyone is suitably exhausted for the journey back to school.

Follow up work

Once your visit to Blenheim Palace is over, pupils can engage in a number of follow-up activities in the classroom, including drawing or modelling the key to Blenheim Palace's front door and comparing it to the key for your school, making a colour wheel of all the colours found on their visit, using the shapes identified at the Palace, and making a drawing of Blenheim Palace. You can also talk about all the shapes you saw, and use these shapes to build a picture of the Palace

More information on this tour is available by downloading the flyer below. Contact our Education Team if you have any queries or to book your visit.

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The General Children's Tour

The General Children's Tour

A general children’s tour is available for school groups of all age. It is designed to give children a fun insight to the history of the Palace and the people who have lived here over the past 300 years.

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The General Children's Tour

A general children’s tour is available for school groups of all age. It is designed to give children a fun insight to the history of the Palace and the people who have lived here over the past 300 years.

The tour covers such topics as:

  • Why and when the Palace was built for the 1st Duke of Marlborough
  • The Duchesses who have lived here and how they have shaped the family’s history
  • The 8th Duke who ‘electrified’ the Palace and installed an early telephone system
  • How the Palace has been a hospital, a boy’s school and the headquarters of MI5
  • Winston Churchill, a member of the family, his birth at the Palace and his connections to the Dukes of Marlborough.

This tour is delivered by our Education Team and takes approximately 45 minutes. After this, your group is free to explore the Parkland and Gardens, including the Pleasure Gardens.

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Sir Winston Churchill at Blenheim Palace

Sir Winston Churchill at Blenheim Palace

In 2015 we introduced an educational tour focusing on Sir Winston Churchill and his connection to Blenheim Palace.

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Sir Winston Churchill at Blenheim Palace

We now offer educational tours all about Sir Winston Churchill and his connection to Blenheim Palace. Students will gain a valuable insight into his life, career and relationships to the Dukes of Marlborough. 

This tour covers the following topics:

  • The birth of Churchill at the Palace
  • Childhood visits to Blenheim
  • His close and enduring friendship with the 9th Duke
  • Winston as a family man
  • Winston as a soldier
  • Winston’s art
  • Winston’s funeral and burial at Bladon

Schools are welcome to visit our new Sir Winston Churchill exhibition in the Palace.

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Significant People & Places

Significant People & Places

This topic covers Blenheim Palace and its significance in local history, as well as the significance of Sir Winston Churchill, who was born here. This tour is suited to Key Stage One students.

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Significant People & Places

This topic covers Blenheim Palace, its significance in local history, and the significance of certain people in the Palace's history. This tour is suited to Key Stage One students and elements of the topic can be combined for one visit, or focused on individually.

A significant place: Blenheim Palace

Students will learn why and how Blenheim Palace was built and the impact this had on the local area. 

Woodstock increased in size after the Palace was built and since its beginning the Palace has been a major employer of local people. The Estate also purchased goods from local shopkeepers and craftsmen. Traditionally the various Dukes have supported local schools, churches, clubs and societies. Past Dukes have overseen the Manor Courts and so been involved in local justice. They have also been Mayors of Woodstock. In these ways, Blenheim Palace and the family who live in it occupy an important place in local history.

A significant local person: Sir Winston Churchill

This part of the topic teaches students about the life of Sir Winston Churchill. 

He was born at Blenheim Palace on 30th November 1874. At this time the Palace was the home of the 7th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, Churchill’s grandparents. 
Churchill was a Victorian who went on to lead the country to victory during the Second World War. In his life he was, amongst other things, a soldier, a journalist, a published author, a Nobel Prize winner and a politician. He died in 1965 and was buried at St Martin’s Church, Bladon, within sight of the Palace.

The tour will give students insights into these and many other aspects of his life and career. 

A significant local person: The 1st Duke of Marlborough

Blenheim Palace was built as a reward for John Churchill after his victory over the French in the Battle of Blenheim in 1704.  He died one of the wealthiest men in the country in 1722, but he started life in relatively humble circumstances. His father, the first Winston Churchill, had been ruined by the Civil War. The tour will give students insights into how he lived including the fashion and food of the time, as well as how the Duke was educated and the importance of Queen Anne in his rise to power.

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World War I

World War I

From the trenches to the Home Front, this tour teaches your class all about Blenheim Palace during the First World War.

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Lord Blandford (later the 10th Duke) in his uniform

Lord Blandford (later the 10th Duke) in his uniform

The Long Library as a hospital for wounded soldiers

The Long Library as a hospital for wounded soldiers

Lord Blandford (later the 10th Duke) in his uniform
The Long Library as a hospital for wounded soldiers

World War I

The First World War affected everyone who lived and worked on the Blenheim Palace Estate. This tour of the Palace gives schools an insight into how the family, servants, Estate workers and parts of the Palace itself all played their part in the war.

More information on this tour is available by downloading the flyer below.

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World War II

World War II

Let your students discover how Blenheim Palace and the lives of those who lived and worked here were forever changed by World War II.

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The Malvern evacuees having a lesson in the Long Library

The Malvern evacuees having a lesson in the Long Library

World War II

Schools can learn how Blenheim Palace prepared for the Second World War, as well as how it survived the invasion of 400 Malvern Schoolboys evacuated to the Palace. The Secret Service also used Blenheim Palace as its Headquarters during the war after its London base was bombed during the Blitz.

This tour can be combined with a study of Sir Winston Churchill.

This topic also describes the impact of the War on the Marlborough family and the ways in which they contributed to the effort, as well as outlining how the Palace and Parkland were prepared for war, from growing food in the Formal Gardens to blacking out the entire Palace building, and even using the lake in preparation for the D-Day landings.

This visit includes a information on Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister during WWII. Born at Blenheim Palace in 1874, Churchill, the great orator, inspired the nation during the war and successfully reached victory with the help of the alliance with the USA and Russia. Read more about his involvement and his life story here.

More information on this tour is available on request.

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The Victorians

The Victorians

This topic is available to both Primary and Secondary classes, and allows students to learn all about the Victorian era at Blenheim Palace.

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The Great Court in (date here)

The Exedra in (date here)

The Exedra in (date here)

The Palace Dairy, now the Oxfordshire Pantry

The Palace Dairy, now the Oxfordshire Pantry

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The Exedra in (date here)
The Palace Dairy, now the Oxfordshire Pantry

The Victorians

This gives schools an insight into life at Blenheim Palace during the Victorian era. It explains, for example, what it was like to live as a Victorian Duchess and as a housemaid. Children also experience the surroundings that shaped Sir Winston Churchill’s early years and helped him to become one of the country’s most effective Prime Ministers.

the visit looks at Blenheim Palace both as a luxurious stately home and also as a workplace for many; from the lowliest scullery maid up to the most accomplished butler.

More information on this tour is available on request.

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Business Studies

Business Studies

This tour is for GCSE and Sixth Form students, and can cover a number of different topics.

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Business Studies

Blenheim Palace is not only home to the Dukes of Marlborough, it is also a thriving tourist attraction.

The focus of this visit is how Blenheim Palace and the Estate is run as a business in order to generate the income vital to ensure its longevity. The Education Team can talk about marketing, operations, hospitality and green tourism.

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Media Studies

Media Studies

This tour is for GCSE and Sixth Form students and focuses on Blenheim Palace as a filming location.

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Filming at the Water Terraces

Filming at the Water Terraces

Filming for The Young Victoria (2009)

Filming for The Young Victoria (2009)

Filming at the Water Terraces
Filming for The Young Victoria (2009)

Media Studies

Blenheim Palace, Park and Gardens have been used as filming locations in a wide variety of TV adverts and programmes, and have appeared in both Hollywood and Bollywood blockbuster films. 

The Palace and its surrounding have starred in films such as Hamlet and The Young Victoria, and more recently it can be seen in SPECTRE (007), Mission: Impossibe - Rogue Nation, A Little Chaos and Cinderella.

On this look behind the scenes, students are asked to consider the advantages and disadvantages of allowing film crews to use the Palace - and to explore just what makes Blenheim such a popular location.

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Travel and Tourism

Travel and Tourism

This tour is for GCSE and Sixth Form students, and looks at the running of Blenheim Palace as a popular tourist attraction.

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Travel and Tourism

Blenheim Palace opened its doors to the public in 1950, and since then has continued to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. 

The Education Team offers talks and tours which look at the Palace as a popular tourist destination and review the main issues the Palace faces as an international attraction and a World Heritage Site. 

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Science in Action

Science in Action

Schools visiting for this topic will be taken to the Bottling Plant on the Blenheim Palace Estate to learn about water filtration, conservation and the importance of recycling.

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The Bottling Plant

The Bottling Plant

A school trip to the Bottling Plant

A school trip to the Bottling Plant

A school trip to the Bottling Plant

A school trip to the Bottling Plant

The Bottling Plant
A school trip to the Bottling Plant
A school trip to the Bottling Plant

Science in Action

A visit to Blenheim Palace will consist of a tour of the Bottling Plant to learn about water filtration and the process of bottling filtered water. Pupils will also carry out their own filtration experiments to establish which materials act as the most effective filters to cleanse water taken from the Great Lake. The visit highlights the importance of conserving water and recycling, and the group will also learn how the Bottling Plant recycles its glass, cardboard and plastic.

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Lead your own visit

Lead your own visit

We offer a range of educational resources to teachers when planning a visit with us.

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Trails

We have a number of trails available for children of all ages which can be downloaded free of charge, allowing you to explore the Palace, Formal Gardens and Parkland independently and learn more about your surroundings.

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Trails

Competitions

Winston Churchill Public Speaking Competition 2016

15th March 2016

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Winston Churchill Public Speaking Competition 2016

Annual Heritage Education Awards

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Annual Heritage Education Awards

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