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School Visits

We are redeveloping the Blenheim Education programme.

Sunderland Academy Blandford Academy Marlborough Academy
For Primary and Secondary school groups From EFL, ESL and EAL groups For students aged 18+

Staff-led workshops

Please see self-led school visit information below.

Please see self-led school visit information below. To come from 2026

We offer English, Maths, History, Geography and Art workshops to KS1, KS2 and KS3 groups (the Geography and Art workshops are temporarily unavailable).

 

In each workshop (except Art), pupils will work together using a range of materials and methods to find information that will help them to solve challenges. They'll learn from Churchill's inspiring speeches, historical objects that they can handle, and the buildings and environment of the Palace. The teamwork and interactive nature of the workshops is designed to be a fun and fulfilling environment for learning, and teams will be rewarded for their effort and their approach to the tasks set.

  History English Maths Art Geography
KS1 X   X X X
KS2 X X X X X
KS3 X X      

 

All workshops are staff led.

History, English, and Maths visits consist of a 45-minute workshop and a complimentary 45-minute guided tour.

Interactive handsets are available for History, Math, and Art.

The Geography and Art workshops are temporarily unavailable.

History
Staff led 45-minute workshop focusing on Winston Churchill and the Second World War, and a complimentary guided tour.
Self led Optional one-hour interactive handset focusing on the Second World War at Blenheim Palace, and 30-minute visit of the Churchill Exhibition.

 

English
Staff led 45-minute workshop focusing on Winston Churchill and public speaking, and a complimentary guided tour.
Self led 30-minute visit of the Churchill Exhibition.

 

Maths
Staff led 45-minutes workshop on calculating and reasoning, and a complimentary guided tour.
Self led Optional one-hour interactive handset focusing on Symmetry and Shapes around the outside of the Palace.

 

 
Art - temporarily unavailable
Staff led

Two-hour workshop focusing on mechanical design & building a CAM toy.

Self led Optional one-hour interactive handset focussing on Baroque and Design around the outside of the Palace, and visit of the Stables Exhibition.

 

Geography - temporarily unavailable
Staff led One-hour outdoor trail.
   

 

The minimum number of pupils in a group is 15.

  History English Maths Art Geography
Optimal number of pupils 20 20 30 60 30
Number of timeslots 4 4 4 2 4
Total capacity in one day 80 80 120 120 120
Location MI5 Room MI5 Room Education Room Education Room Walled Garden

 

For the History, English and Maths workshops, five mixed-ability groups will need to be pre-arranged before the visit for every 20 pupils. To ensure a smooth-running of the workshops, we require minimum two adults to supervise each timeslot.

We will charge £14.00 per pupil for children aged 3-16. We offer one free adult place for every five pupils aged 3-16. The extra ratio adult rate is £24.00. Rates will increase from 1st April 2024.

Annual passes cannot be used in conjunction with group visits.

We are currently operating a cashless system throughout the Estate.

There are two methods of payment. We can take card payment on arrival or we can invoice the school after the visit.

We do not take payment in advance, and we do not operate a cancellations policy, although as much notice of cancellation as possible is appreciated.

The Education Team are here to assist you in planning a safe and enjoyable day out for your pupils. An itinerary will be discussed and agreed when confirming a booking. 

We recommend that all school visits are booked in advance no later than four weeks before the planned visit.

To make a booking, please complete our booking form. If you have questions prior to booking, please contact our team.

Booking form - pdf version (fields can be filled in on the computer, save and email)

 

Additional planning information

When you book a visit with workshops, the Education Room will be reserved for your school as the base for the day. Please note the Education Room is located up one flight of stairs.

Once you are ready to leave the Education Room: 

  • Please wipe down the tables after use. Wipes will be made available. 
  • Thank you for putting the chairs on the tables.
  • We segregate our waste. Please take back to school all organic waste, and segregate other rubbish in the General Waste bin and Recycling Bin. 
  • Please ensure you don’t leave anything behind. 
  • Don’t forget to switch off the lights and close the door behind you. 

The facilities in the Palace area are located: 

  • in the Gift Shop 
  • near the Churchill Exhibition 
  • in the Stables Café 

The facilities in the Walled Garden area are located: 

  • near the Bygones Exhibition 

If you have access requirements: 

  • Palace: There is a wheelchair lift. A member of staff will operate the lift for you. 
  • Lunch: Arrangements will be made with one of our eateries to allow the use of their space for lunch for pupils with access requirements. 
  • Accessible toilets are located in the Gift Shop and near the Churchill Exhibition.

It is the responsibility of the school making the booking to carry out a risk assessment for their visit.

To view our advisory risk assessment documents, please click the links below. These are designed to assist, but not to replace the school’s own risk assessment. A staff pre-visit is strongly recommended for risk assessment.

Free school pre-visit recces are possible on weekdays (including half-term and end of term). This must be booked in advance.

Please also take the time to read our other policies:

Instructions for Group Leaders

  • Please supply the name of the group when you arrive at the gate.
  • Please agree with your driver/s on collection time and location.
  • Once the coach is parked, please confirm the number of students and adults with our staff. Wristbands will be distributed for all members of the group.

Instructions for Coach Drivers

  • Please arrive through the main gate on the A44 / Oxford Road.
  • Please park in one of the Coach Parks, or as instructed by our staff upon arrival:
  • If parking in the main visitors’ car park, please park before letting the group off the coach.
  • If parking at the Walled Garden, the group may be dropped off at the crossroads.

Non-authorised vehicles are no longer allowed at the Flagstaff Visitor Information Point.

Click here to view our site map

Access to the Park & Gardens

The first possible Park arrival is 9.00.

Access to the Palace

The first possible Palace entry is 10.30.

For self-led groups of children aged 3-11, it is recommended that there is at least one adult for every 10 children.

For self-led groups of students aged 12-17, it is recommended that there is at least one adult for every 15 students.

The self-led resources are listed below. Please click on the title of the resource to download it.

  EYFS KS1 KS2
History EYFS Local History - teachers' resources

KS1 Local History - teachers' resources

KS1 Local History - pupils' worksheets

KS2 Local History - teachers' resources

KS2 Local History - pupils' worksheets

Science EYFS Local History - teachers' resources

KS1 Walled Garden - teachers' resources

KS1 Walled Garden - pupils' worksheets

KS2 Walled Garden - teachers' resources

KS2 Walled Garden - pupils' worksheets

Art & DT N/A

KS1 Built Heritage - teachers' resources

KS1 Built Heritage - pupils' worksheets

KS2 Built Heritage - teachers' resources

KS2 Built Heritage - pupils' worksheets

Citizenship N/A 

KS1 Sustainability - teachers' resources

KS1 Sustainability - pupils' worksheets

KS2 Sustainability - teachers' resources

KS2 Sustainability - pupils' worksheets

To complete your self-led visit, here are other resources:

There are Web Apps for the Palace State Rooms and the Formal Gardens. These can be followed on personal devices. Visitors may connect to our Blenheim Free Wi-Fi network.

Blenheim Palace Web App

To help you prepare your visit of the State Rooms, here is a 360° tour of the general visitors’ route: View the 360° tour.

Winston Churchill

There is a Web App for the Churchill Exhibition, and to help you prepare your visit of the Churchill Exhibition, here is a 360° tour of the exhibition’s route.

Trails

We have seasonal and permanent trails.

Rowse Honey Hive

Learn all about the crucial role of bees and other pollinators in our ecosystem within our new interactive space down at the Walled Garden. 

 

Home Education group visits can be booked on weekdays during Oxfordshire term time (excluding Bank Holidays).

EFL / ESL / EAL groups and Adult Learners may book a visit with our Groups Team. Please contact them on 01993 815 600 or drop them an email at  groups@blenheimpalace.com

  Park and Gardens Palace, Park and Gardens
Child aged (3-16) £8.50 £15.00
Concession (aged 17-25) £18.00 £24.00
Accompanying adult £19.00 £26.00

These rates are valid from 1st April 2024 to 10th November 2024. The education programme is not available during the Christmas events.

Admission to the Adventure Play is NOT included in these prices. It is an add-on experience. One-hour or three-hour timeslots are available. Please indicate your interest in this experience on your booking form.

Feedback Form

Thank you for your visit to Blenheim Palace. We would be grateful for your feedback on your experience.

Please click the links below to complete an electronic or paper Feedback Form.

Electronic form Paper form

 

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