Families

Welcome to Blenheim Palace!

All the information you need for a comfortable and exciting visit to Blenheim Palace can be found using the links below.

Blenheim Palace is an iconic heritage site where you can experience wonderful gardens and the history of the Palace.

We are committed to inclusivity and accessibility and want to ensure all guests who cross our threshold have the best experience possible.

Visitors that come with children are always welcome to Blenheim Palace and under 5s can visit us for free.

Parking is included in your tickets.

Car park locations vary throughout the year depending on what is happening on the day.

The main car park is 704 yards from the car park to the entrance. We also have a small car park at the entrance to the Walled Garden; please ask at the gate if it is available on the day of your visit. This car park is 6 yards from the Walled Garden entrance.

 

The entrance to the Palace State Rooms is located within the Great Courtyard.

There are 20 steps into the Palace, and there is a ramp on left hand side as you enter the Great Courtyard leading to the front of the Palace.

Pushchairs are welcome, but if you would like to leave pushchair outside the Palace you may. If you require help getting your pushchair into the Palace, please do ask a member of staff. 

Once you enter the Palace the route follows the ground floor and is easily accessible and suitable for pushchairs.

Please note that our disabled lift in the Palace is not suitable for pushchairs.

As you exit via the chapel there is a staircase which has 16 steps down. If you need help carrying a pushchair down these steps, please do ask a member of staff.

 

The Parklands are made up of several types of terrain: gravel paths, tarmac roads and wood chippings. Blenheim’s landscape has elements of hills and valleys in the wider estate.

Please be aware that there are lakes and other bodies of water on our site. There should be no access into a body of water by any person or child, as they are not designed for play. Please supervise children at all times.

To access the Formal Gardens please head to the main garden entrance from the West Courtyard. The route that follows is covered by a gravel path.

The Water Terraces have steps that surround them, and you can access the lower Water Terrace via the main entrance to the Formal Garden. This leads to the other Formal Garden routes.

If you have a pushchair and want to access the upper Water Terrace, you can do so via the Churchill Exhibition.

Within the Walled Garden, the adventure playground has wood chippings in the large play area and sand in the small play area. We also have more play equipment in the inner walled area of the garden.

The Marlborough Hedge Maze is located in the Walled Garden. Pushchairs can be taken into the Maze.

Our miniature train runs back and forth between the Palace station and the Walled Garden station from 10.30 to 16.30. It costs £1 each way to ride the train. Pushchairs must be folded to take on the train.

Please check opening times before visiting as the train does not run all year round.

 

 

Bicycles and Tricycles

Cycling is not permitted by adults or children in the Blenheim Palace courtyard, Walled Garden or Formal Gardens. Children are permitted to ride push-bikes, balance bikes and tricycles in the Park only. Please note that Blenheim Palace is situated on a working estate, and great care should be taken when using a bicycle or tricycle.  

Visitors are welcome to use the main roads to cycle to and from the Palace and gates. We have cycle racks by the Welcome Kiosk Information Point and next to the Shop.

Parents and carers are responsible for supervising children at all times and ensuring children are wearing the appropriate safety gear for cycling.

Scooters, Skateboards and Rollerskates

The use of skateboards, rollerskates and 'hoverboards' by adults or children is not permitted anywhere in the Palace grounds or wider Park area.

The use of scooters by adults is not permitted anywhere in the Palace grounds or wider Park area. Children are permitted to ride on scooters in the Park (but not in any other area) and must be supervised at all times.

Parents and carers are responsible for ensuring children are wearing the appropriate safety gear.

Baby changing facilities are located at the back of the East Courtyard toilet area, Churchill exhibition toilets in both the men's and women's toilets and the Walled Garden toilet area.

If attending at Christmas time, please check for baby changing facilities before commencing the Illuminated Lights Trail.

The Pizzeria is another great place to enjoy a meal with the family. Located close to the Adventure Playground and other attractions of the Walled Garden, it has an outdoor terrace with seating and is easily accessible.

Please check opening times before your visit as the Pizzeria is not open all year round.

Our Gift Shop, Oxfordshire Pantry Café, and Stables Café have both inside and outside seating areas. They are all fully accessible and suitable for pushchairs.