Yesterday we visited Blenheim Palace, based in Woodstock Oxfordshire. Although the weather was absolutely against us, we had a brilliant visit and we were so glad to have ventured out in the miserable rain and wind.
Blenheim Palace is a beautiful estate built back in the early 17th century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. There is so much that Palace offers families including a number of walks around the Palace (4 to be precise) with buggy friendly and dog friendly routes and the walled garden has a little play area for children. In this particular garden there is a wonderful little café selling pizzas. Definitely recommended.
There is also a beautiful miniature train just by the entrance that we did not get to go on this time but it is on our to do list when we head back soon. The miniature train runs back and forth between the palace and the walled gardensbetween 11-5pm daily and it is suggested that a £1 donation is offered. As the palace is currently closed (due to the government restrictions) we were unable to go inside, but again, this is something we will definitely do next time.
Aside from being a stunning palace with beautiful grounds, Blenheim Palace also hosts a number of events throughout the year. From next month the Luna Cinema will be showing various movies. There is even a jousting tournament!
One event not to be missed however is the annual Christmas at Blenheim Palace which is an after dark illuminated trail. Over a million lights, lasers and seasonal sounds full the gardens and this event is something that sells out almost immediately.
New for this year is the story of The Nutcracker where the palace rooms will be transformed and filled with hidden surprises. It sounds magical! This is something we cant wait to see for ourselves. Tickets are on sale now!
Blenheim Palace is arguably the most beautiful stately home we have ever visited. It was no surprise to learn that as such, the palace has featured in a number of movies such as Cinderella (2015), Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix (2007) and Transformers: The Last Knight (2017).
As the Palace is over 300 years old, restoration is underway and is classified as the biggest restoration to date. All funds raised through the likes of ticket sales go right back into the property through repair and conservation projects.
Pre-booking is essential for all visits now which is entirely to be expected. Currently the park and gardens are open and from later on in the month, the house will be too. There is a fantastic offer on at the moment where if you buy one visit then you will be given an annual pass upgrade for FREE!
If you work for the NHS, a blue light service or the defence, then you can gain 30% off your entry by using code NHSBP30 (NHS) or BLC30 (blue light and defence).
We really enjoyed our visit and we cannot wait to return for some of the fun events that Blenheim has to offer.
Leaving you on this little bit of trivia for you… Blenheim Palace is the only non-royal estate to hold the title of Palace!
Our visit was an invite for PR purposes.