Visiting Us

View information about visiting Blenheim Palace.

In the interest of safety and to protect this special UNESCO World Heritage Site, we ask all our visitors to follow the guidelines below:

Children under 12 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.
 The Palace, Parks and Gardens are part of a working Estate, be aware of vehicles and works being undertaken to enable the continued enjoyment of the Palace.
Dogs must be kept on leads at all times. We welcome dogs on site but please note there are areas where dogs are not allowed with the exception of assistance dogs.
 BBQs or fires are not permitted anywhere in the Palace, Parks and Gardens.
 Due to the historic nature of the Palace, Parks and Gardens, there are uneven surfaces and walkways.
 Drones must not be used anywhere onsite due to the proximity to Oxford Airport and for the protection of the public and buildings.

The Palace, Parks and Gardens are managed naturally to ensure that the different ecosystems work in harmony, please be aware that at different times of the year there can be insects which may sting or bite eg Blandford flies (between May and June and close to water), ticks or wasps/bees. It is recommended to follow the NHS advice on prevention of bites and stings and the guidance on symptoms and treatment if you experience a bite or sting. Read more here.


Dogs are welcome in the Park, seating area between the Welcome Desk and the Oxfordshire Pantry, in the Colonnade by the Gift Shop, the East Courtyard and in the area around the Pizza Café outside the Pleasure Gardens. All dogs must be kept on a lead at all times in order to protect the wildlife and livestock in the Park. 

Dogs are not allowed in the Palace, main Courtyards, Pleasure Gardens and Formal Gardens (with the exception of assistance dogs). 

Our car parks are not covered so dogs should never be left in cars, especially in the summer months. Basic dog facilities can be found outside the East Courtyard Visitor Centre.

Car parking

All parking on site is free. We have a hard-standing gravel car park; a five-minute walk from the Palace. We also have a car park for Blue Badge holders directly outside the Palace. 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.


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 for a chance to feature as our pic of the week!. 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

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, click here for Blenheim Palace as a Filming Location.

Food and drink

Food and drinks are available in our onsite cafés and restaurants during visiting hours. View our café and restaurant opening times here. 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 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.