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.

Bladon Bridge will be closed 22nd October - 7th December 2018, for your safety, there is no pedestrian or vehicle access.

Blenheim Palace will close at 16.30 (Last entry 15.45) on 19th and 20th November 2018. 

Blenheim Palace will be closed on 25th December 2018 and 7th January 2019. 

Blenheim Palace will be partially closed on 21st & 22nd November and 8th December 2018. The Palace, the Formal Gardens and the Great Court will be closed, 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; 11th December 2018, 7th January to 15th February 2019 and 18th February to 24th February 2019.

 
Getting Here & Opening Times
  • The Park

    Open 09.00 - 18.00 or dusk if earlier.

    From 23rd November 2018 - 6th January 2019 (inclusive) the Park is open to all visitors. However, visitors will need to purchase tickets at Christmas at Blenheim Palace and will need to pay for parking if arriving after 12.00. 

     

  • The Palace

    Open 10.30 - 17.30 (Last entry 16.45) 

    On 19th and 20th November 2018, The Palace will close at 16.30 (Last entry 15.45).  

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

    From 23rd November 2018 - 6th January 2019 (inclusive) there will be NO entry to the Palace unless an online timed ticket has been purchased in advance for Christmas at Blenheim Palace

  • The Formal Gardens

    Open 10.30 - 16.45. 

    From 23rd November 2018 - 1st January 2019 (inclusive) will be the Illuminated Christmas Trail. Tickets will need to be purchased for the trail times between 16.40 - 20.00. Visitors can access the Formal Gardens until 3.30pm but will need to pay for parking if arriving after 12.00. Tickets can be purchased in advance here Christmas at Blenheim Palace.

  • The East Courtyard Visitor Centre

    The East Courtyard Shop opens from 09.30 - 18.00 daily.

    The Gardens Shop opens daily 10:00 - 17:30.

  • Christmas Market – Great Court

    Open 10.00 - 20.30 on 23rd November – 16th December 2018 (inclusive). Closes at 18.30 on 26th, 27th, 28th November and 3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th December 2018. 

    Annual Pass holders can visit the Christmas market without purchasing tickets for the Cinderella Fairy Tale Experience or Christmas Lights Trail but will need to pay for parking if arriving after 12.00. Annual Pass holders will still need to book tickets in advance here The Christmas Market

  • The Pleasure Gardens

    Open 10.30 - 15.30.

    The Marlborough Maze and Lavender Garden remain open daily, while the Butterfly House is closed until 16th February 2019. 

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

    Please note: we are closed on 25th December 2018 and 7th January 2019.

    The Pleasure Gardens Toy Shop is now closed until Easter 2019.

  • Cafés & Restaurants

    The Orangery Restaurant: Open 10.00-18.00. Please click here for serving times. The Orangery will be closed on the following dates; 11th December 2018, 7th January to 15th February 2019 and 18th February to 24th February 2019.

    The Oxfordshire Pantry: Open  09.30 - 18.00

    The Water Terrace Café: Open 10.00 - 17.30.

    The Pleasure Gardens Pizza Café: Open on 15th,16th,17th and 18th November at 10.00 - 17.30

    Please note: we are closed on 25th December 2018 and 7th January 2019. During large events, the above timings may change.

  • Shops

    The East Courtyard Shop: Open daily 09.30 - 17.00.

    Please note: we are closed on 22nd, 23rd November, 25th December 2018 and 7th January 2019.

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 stagecoachbus.com or oxfordbus.co.uk. 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 oxfordtube.com 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 ventureoxford.com.

  • Bicycle

    Woodstock is connected to Oxford via the National Cycle Network #5 route. To view the Sustrans cycle route maps in detail visit sustrans.org. 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 townhousewoodstock.co.uk or  minicabit.com 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 gwr.com or chilternrailways.co.uk.

    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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