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Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit our opening times page and our visit us page to understand what is currently open.

To ensure the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff, all visitors must adhere to current government guidelines relating to COVID-19, and follow our guidance provided on site.

COVID Announcement Spring 2021

After the Government announcement on 22nd February 2021 we now have a phased re-opening plan:

13th March – Parks and Gardens will reopen, we ask that only those local to us book at this time.

29th March – Outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.

12th April – Our retail shop will re-open

17th May – The Palace and seated restaurants will re-open

Please adhere to all Government Guidelines before your visit.

Do I need to book a time slot?

We ask that everyone coming to visit Blenheim Palace book a time slot through our website. This includes all existing Pass Holders.

Book Tickets Book for Pass Holders

Can I buy an Annual Pass or Gift Voucher? 

Yes and we would welcome your support by making these purchases. By donating your admission and subsequently agreeing to Gift Aid we can continue to complete vital restoration and conservation works to keep Blenheim maintained and secure for future generations. 

Buy an Annual Pass Buy a Voucher

Will you be extending my Annual Pass?

We have been working hard to keep in touch with all our Annual Pass Holders, with lots of great content and a series of virtual tours, which are free for our Annual Pass Holders to enjoy.

How can I keep in touch?

If you would like to keep in touch with us during this time, please do sign up to our mailing list at the bottom of this page.

Please look out on our Social Pages and Website for our #Stayconnected campaign, where we will be allowing you to have a peek behind the closed doors of all the exciting work that is happening, from our conservation cleaning to the New Exhibitions and Café Launch later in 2021.

Dogs

Blenheim Palace is a great place to bring your dog, we have so much space out in the Parkland and they are welcomed to join you in many areas.

To make sure we keep the place special, and safe, for everyone we do make a few asks of dog owners when visiting: 

  1. All dogs must always be kept on a lead. This is for safety and the protection of wildlife and livestock in the Park. 
  2. Please clean up after your dog and either take away or use the dog waste bins across the Park. 
  3. Please do not leave dogs unattended in the car parks especially during warm days or if they are in distress. We have watering bowls at the Palace and whilst we will always try to find the owners we reserve the right to report dogs in distress to the RSPCA

When planning your day, we welcome visitors and their dogs across the Parkland, the Pleasure Gardens, the East Courtyard and the café seats near to the Welcome Desk and colonnades.  

Sadly, we cannot allow dogs in the Palace itself, the main Courtyards or the Formal Gardens, with the exception of assistance dogs.

With these in place we know visitors and their dogs will have a great visit but do reserve the right to ask misbehaving dog owners, and their dogs to leave the property as a final resort.

Car parking

All parking on site is free. We have a hard-standing gravel car park; a five-minute walk from the Palace.

Blue Badge Holders are reserved the front of our car park for closer access to the Palace and Gardens.

Overflow parking during busy events is located a ten-minute walk from the Palace. Please note that parking may be subject to additional charges for certain events.

Bicycles

Cycling is not permitted in the Blenheim Palace courtyard, Formal Gardens, or Park. However, visitors are welcome to use the main roads to cycle to and from the Palace and gates. We have cycle racks by the Flagstaff Visitor Information Point.

Scooters, skateboards and rollerskates

The use of adult scooters, skateboards, rollerskates, 'hoverboards' or any similar equipment is not permitted in the Blenheim Palace courtyards, Formal Gardens, or Park. Children are permitted to ride on scooters, push-bikes/balance bikes and tricycles but must be supervised at all times. Parents and carers are responsible for ensuring children are wearing the appropriate safety gear.

Photography and video

We encourage visitors' photography on site and love seeing visitors' photos on social media. You can share your moments using #blenheimpalace. Photography inside the Palace is permitted but we ask that flash is kept off to prevent damage to our artefacts. Tripods and selfie sticks are not permitted inside the Palace.

Wedding photography is not permitted onsite unless prior consent is obtained or a wedding is officially held at Blenheim Palace. Consent can be obtained from contacting customerservice@blenheimpalace.com.

Due to Blenheim Palace being in close proximity to Oxford Airport, filming with a drone is not permitted onsite and any unauthorised drone use can result in a significant fine and prosecution of the drone pilot. 

Commercial photography or filming is not permitted onsite without prior permission, however, we welcome commercial filming enquiries, for more information. Find out more about Blenheim Palace as a Filming Location.

Food and drink

We are only able to offer take-away food and drink options during this time, please see our Cafés & Restaurants page for the options currently available.

Picnics are welcome in the Park, but we kindly ask that visitors respect the Park and use the bins provided. The use of barbecues, disposable or otherwise are not permitted on site. We operate our own barbecue in the Pleasure Gardens during the summer months.

Wifi access

Free wifi is available throughout all areas of the Palace open to the Public. We encourage all of our visitors to make use of it and to share your photos and memories on our social media pages, use #blenheimpalace on Instagram for a chance to be featured as our 'pic of the week'! 

Can't find what you're looking for?

Our Customer Service team will be happy to help. Get in touch via email on customerservice@blenheimpalace.com or call 01993 810530.

Please note: Blenheim Palace reserves the right to change any of its opening hours, events or offers or to restrict access at any time without notice. You are strongly advised to check the relevant details before visiting. Tickets are non-refundable and any refunds given are at the discretion of management. We reserve the right to refuse the sale of a ticket or entry to the Palace and Estate.