Getting Here & Opening Times

Blenheim Palace is open to explore throughout the year, although closed on Christmas Day.

With so much available to see and do, opening times vary across different areas of the Estate. Please click on each area below for specific information.

Blenheim Palace will be closed on 7th January 2019. 

Blenheim Palace will be partially closed on 21st & 22nd November 2018 and 8th December 2018 (inclusive), however, the Park, the Orangery Restaurant, East Courtyard Visitor Centre and Pleasure Gardens will remain open.

The Orangery will be closed on the following dates; 7th, 11th, 12th, 13th, &14th October 2018, 11th December 2018 and 7th January 2019.


Getting Here & Opening Times
  • The Park

    Open daily from 09.00 - 18.30 or dusk if earlier.

    Please note: we are closed on Christmas Day.

  • The Palace

    Until 28th October 2018: 10:30 - 17:30 (last entry 16.45).

    Please note: we are closed on Christmas Day.

  • The Formal Gardens

    Until 28th October 2018: 10:00 - 18:00

    Please note: we are closed on Christmas Day.

  • The East Courtyard Visitor Centre

    The East Courtyard Shop opens from 09.30 - 18.00 daily.

    Please note: we are closed on Christmas Day.

  • The Pleasure Gardens

    Open daily 10:00 - 18:00.

    The Marlborough Maze and Lavender Garden remain open daily (although closed on Wednesday 19th September 2018), while the Butterfly House is open until 28th October 2018: 10:00 - 18:00 (last entry 17:30).

    The train will run on weekends only except for school holidays, until 28th October: running 11:00 - 17:30 from the Pleasure Gardens Station.

    Please note: we are closed on Christmas Day.

    The Pleasure Gardens Toy Shop will be open: throughout the summer 5th May - 2nd September all 10:00 - 17:00, and then on weekends 9th September, 15th - 16th September, 22nd - 23rd September, 29th - 30th September

  • Cafés & Restaurants

    The Orangery Restaurant: 12:00 - 17:30 (last orders 17:00)

    The Oxfordshire Pantry: Open daily 09:30 - 18:00

    The Water Terrace Café: Open 10:00 - 18:00 (last orders 17:30)

    The Pleasure Gardens Pizza Café: Open daily 10:00 - 17:30 (last orders 17:00).

    Please note: we are closed on Christmas Day. During large events the above timings may change.

  • Shops

    The East Courtyard Shop: Open daily 09.30 - 17.00.

    The Gardens Shop: Open daily 10:00 - 17:30

    Please note we are closed on Christmas Day.

Getting here

Blenheim Palace sits at the edge of the picturesque town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire and is a 20-minute journey from the city of Oxford. 

The Palace is also within easy reach of central London and Birmingham. Both cities are around one and a half hours away by car. Free car parking is available on site for visitors to Blenheim Palace, though we encourage the use of sustainable public transport as much as possible.

Good Journey 2018Travel the greener way to receive your 30% discount* and help conserve Blenheim for future generations. To get here easily by train, bus, bike and foot, visit our Good Journey page.

For more help with travelling to Blenheim Palace, you can call us on 01993 810530 to speak to one of the team.

*Save 30% by showing your bus/train ticket at the gate, this offer does not apply to people arriving by bicycle, taxi or on foot and is only valid for admission purchased on-site. 

  • Bus

    The S3 bus service to Woodstock runs every 30 minutes from Oxford train station and Oxford's Gloucester Green bus station to the gates of Blenheim Palace. Please ask the bus driver to identify the appropriate stop.

    Oxford Bus Company's 500 service leaves from Oxford Parkway and stops at Blenheim Palace and Woodstock. Show your bus ticket at the gate to receive a 30% discount on entry. Ask the driver for more details, or check the leaflets on board.

    For the timetable and more information on the route, visit or There is no direct bus service from Bicester to Woodstock.

  • Coach

    Regular services run from London Victoria Coach station to Gloucester Green in Oxford. Visit for prices and times. 

    Multi stop - Oxford/Blenheim Palace/Bicester Village. To find multi stop/direct trips to Blenheim Palace and Bicester Village from Oxford, visit

  • Bicycle

    Woodstock is connected to Oxford via the National Cycle Network #5 route. To view the Sustrans cycle route maps in detail visit Please note that while there are bike racks available at the Palace, cycling within the Park is not permitted. Visitors may cycle from the entrance gates to the Palace and back.

  • Taxi

    Booking a taxi in advance can provide the cheapest, most convenient journey. Visit or to plan your trip.

  • Train

    Nearby train stations include Oxford, Oxford Parkway and Long Hanborough. Call 08457 484950 for up to date train information or visit or

    If you’re travelling to Oxford or Long Hanborough this July, please check before you travel as upgrade work is likely to affect train services. Click here for more information.

    Show your train ticket on arrival to receive a 30% discount on admission.

  • Car

    We are located eight miles north-west of Oxford, on the A44 Evesham Road. The Palace is signposted from junction nine of the M40. If you are using satellite navigation, please use the postcode OX20 1PP.

    When visiting by car, please be aware that a 20mph speed limit applies across the Estate. 

    Free car parking is available to all visitors (some exceptions may apply for certain events), with disabled parking for blue badge holders at Flagstaff car park in front of the Palace.  Further parking is available at the Pleasure Gardens.

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