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Hot Weather During Your Visit

Hot Weather During Your Visit

Blenheim Palace is a great place to be during periods of hot weather, here's a few of our favourite things to do:

✔ Find a shady spot in our Parkland under the trees and enjoy a picnic with your family and friends.

✔ Unwind and explore our Palace, the perfect place to shelter from the midday heat. Why not take a Guided Tour and soak up some history?

✔ The kids will love to splash and play in the winding river that flows through our Adventure Play. Make sure you bring a change of clothes!

✔ Take a shady stroll through our rediscovered historic pathway, between the Rose Garden and the Temple of Flora.

✔ Enjoy a yummy ice cream in the shade, which flavour will you pick?

✔ Take a pew on one of the many benches around our Park and Gardens and enjoy the view while you top up your tan.

Blenheim Palace Adventure Play
 OPEN 

Blenheim Palace Adventure Play

Our new adventure play, is open! A secret world where imaginations can run wild.

Formal Gardens
 OPEN 

Formal Gardens

Discover the unique history of our Formal Gardens, reflecting a journey through the styles of the ages.

The Palace State Rooms
 OPEN 

The Palace State Rooms

Enter the Palace and explore our gilded State Rooms with their priceless collections of portraits, tapestries and furniture.

Walks
 OPEN 

Walks

There are many walks to experience ranging from under an hour to longer...

The Churchill Exhibition
 OPEN 

The Churchill Exhibition

Our Churchill Exhibition features a mix of historic artefacts and new technology, documenting key aspects of the adventurous life of Sir Winston Churchill,…

The Stables Café
 OPEN 

The Stables Café

Open daily 10.00 - 16.30

Our top tips for keeping safe in the sun

  • Check our website and social media pages for any updates regarding any changes due to weather warnings 
  • Remember to pre-book your tickets so you can be through the gates quicker and spend less time in a hot car 
  • Keep hydrated, bring water bottles these can be refilled in the Great Court and various other points at the Palace, please ask our team who can help
  • Bring a wide brimmed hat, you will look stylish and keep the sun off 
  • Bring sun cream with you

Take it easy

  • Find a shady place to sit and enjoy a picnic, we have some large trees and shaded areas in our Park and Gardens  
  • Avoid running around, take your time and enjoy your day with us 
  • Come into the Palace later in the day, enjoy the State Rooms without the crowds and avoid the queues 
  • Our Churchill and Stables exhibitions are the perfect place to be cool and to learn more about the history of the Palace 
  • We do sell ice cream in our cafes for humans and dogs 

Make the most of our doggy facilities

  • If you bring a dog with you – check out our dog page and remember, do not leave dogs in cars during hot weather, it is advised that you walk them early in the morning and later in the evening 
  • There is dog ice cream available at the Palace to cool your pooch down 
  • There are water bowls available for dogs at our Flagstaff Gate, East Courtyard and next to the Pizzeria. 

Our Parkland and Gardens are dry at this time of year, therefore please follow this guidance

  • Extinguish cigarettes properly, don’t throw the end on the ground and never throw cigarette ends out of car windows
  • Don’t leave bottles or glass in woodland/grassland; sunlight shining through glass can start fires. Take them home and put them in a waste or recycling bin 
  • Do not bring disposable BBQ’s under any circumstances 
  • Please do not leave your car engine running once you have parked up, this can cause fires on the grassland. 
  • If you see a fire, do not attempt to tackle it leave the area as quickly as possible and report it to the Fire and Rescue Service by calling 999 and alert the team

There may be changes at the Palace and our attractions due to hot weather, these include:

  • Winston our Miniature Train gets a bit puffed out in the heat and cannot run on very hot days 
  • Our Butterfly House will be closed as it is too hot for little and big people to enjoy, but the Butterflies love the warmth

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