The inspired work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown has created a lasting legacy in the Park at Blenheim Palace. The visionary master landscaper constructed the Great Lake and planted thousands of trees in his ten-year tenure here, engineering a landscape that appears natural but is actually 'contrived to pleasing effect'.
The Park is now home to several Sites of Special Scientific Interest including the Great Lake and the ancient oaks in High Park.
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There are a variety of routes to explore throughout the Park and Gardens. If you are planning to spend the day with us, why not follow the path around the Park Perimeter and spot the abundance of wildlife that have made their homes here?
There are also routes through the Formal Gardens (shown in the video above) and around the scenic Queen Pool to explore. Click the button below to find out more.
Vanbrugh's Grand Bridge spans the Great Lake, with glorious views on all sides. The historic site of Woodstock Manor, marked by a small plinth, is a perfect spot to enjoy a picnic. The Column of Victory, topped by a statue of the first Duke of Marlborough, surveys the Park from a height of 41m (134ft).
Rosamund's Well, tucked away next to a quiet part of the Great Lake, is believed to have originally been a bathing place that King Henry ll built for his mistress, the ‘Fair’ Rosamund Clifford. Designed by 'Capability' Brown in the 1760s, the Grand Cascade at the western end of the Great Lake is one of England's most picturesque waterfalls.
Created over the centuries by esteemed garden designers such as Henry Wise and Achille Duchêne, our Formal Gardens reflect a journey through the styles of the ages.
The Formal Gardens surround the Palace, and they include the majestic Water Terraces, the Duke's Private Italian Garden, the tranquil Secret Garden with all of its hidden treasures, the new Churchill Memorial Garden and the beautifully delicate Rose Garden.
Look out for statues and art as you explore the Gardens. As well as temporary visiting pieces, discover permanent fixtures including 'Untitled' by German artist Georg Baselitz.
Explore the gallery below to find out more about our Formal Gardens.
Take a buggy tour of the lake to enjoy all the main sights such as the Grand Bridge and the 'finest view in England' and learn the history of the Park. Tours run at intervals throughout the day and can be booked at Flagstaff Visitor Information Point. A small fee of £3.50 per adult and £2.50 per child applies for this tour.
Join a free walking tour of the Formal Gardens to discover their unique history. This tour runs daily (weather permitting) at 12.30 and lasts for approximately one hour. Book your place at the Welcome Desk in the Visitor Centre.
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