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“Palace is amazing and worth seeing - give the Oxfordshire pantry a wide berth”
Review of Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace
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Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds Tour from London
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Woodstock
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill,, Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture that boasts over 300 years of history to discover. This World Heritage Site is set within more than 2000 acres of Parkland landscaped by 'Capability' Brown, and the Palace itself houses some of the finest collections of antique furniture in Europe.Situated in Woodstock, just 8 miles from Oxford, Blenheim Palace is Britain's Greatest Palace and offers visitors a precious time, every time.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage
Lochinver, United Kingdom
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“Palace is amazing and worth seeing - give the Oxfordshire pantry a wide berth”
Reviewed 10 June 2013

It was a hideous day when we drove up to the palace, rain lashing down and cold. In weather like that it's a long walk to the entrance and we were soaked when we got in. Headed straight to the Oxfordshire pantry to dry off and have lunch. What a mistake. There was no soup, no sandwiches, no hot food at all apart from a couple of sad, old looking sausage rolls. The staff were clueless, had no idea what to do or how to cope with the influx of people. On a wet Tuesday in May this was sad. What will it be like in the summer when the schools are out and the tourists arrive en-mass. But, good news is, that was the only disappointing part of our trip. We did all the Palace guided tours and they were amazing. The staff are very informed, energetic and happy to share their information, which is vast. It's such an amazing piece of our history you feel privileged to be allowed to share it. We didn't venture out into the gardens (rain) but I can't wait to go back when the sun is shining. Will then head to the Champagne bar which looked wonderful!

Visited May 2013
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Huntington, Arkansas
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“Great outing”
Reviewed 9 June 2013

Nice outing from London and a chance to see countryside of England. We enjoyed the museum very much, but if you take it on a bus trip, combined with the Cotswolds, be aware that you do not get very much time at the palace. It would be best to either take a car out or train/bus combo on your own, to really get to enjoy all the palace has to offer. Buy the L5 book, as it explains in great detail all you see there. Great art, tapestry, Churchill memorabilia, furniture, etc.

Visited May 2013
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Bisley, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful palace to visit.”
Reviewed 9 June 2013 via mobile

We went here today for the first time in many many years and thoroughly enjoyed the visit although we should perhaps have checked the events list as there was a triathlon running over the weekend and the place was packed out. We had a long walk from the car parking but everything was well organised and there were few delays beyond the walk. The crowds were well managed if a bit frustrating to deal with at times, still it was all in a good cause so one can't complain. The palace itself is beautiful with both house and grounds having a huge amount to see. The house has two main tours, one with a mix of talking heads and animatronics that illustrate the history of the house and the other a more conventional wander round beautiful rooms across the main floors of the house. On Sundays there are no guided tours but there are guides around who will answer most questions and are knowledgeable and friendly. Although busy, wandering around the house did not seem crowded and there was plenty of time to see all one wanted to. The Churchill exhibition was very good and added value to the visit. The gardens are stunning with lots of good walks and plenty of grass for children to play and for family picnics so you can easily spend all day here. Paths are level and wide and although there are some steps there are lifts and or slopes to aid wheelchair access or for the less sprightly to change levels.

We had a pre booked champagne tea in the small Indian tea room which was very nice with plenty of rich food to fill you up after a day walking the house and extensive grounds. Lots of nice teas to pick from so if you want a good English breakfast tea or something more exotic (or several different pots) then there is something here for you.

Overall a very good day out and one not to be missed. This is certainly one of the most beautify house (palace) and grounds you could ever visit and a day ticket can be exchanged for one that lasts a full year at no extra cost.

Visited June 2013
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“We spent a happy day here in spite of the rain”
Reviewed 9 June 2013

It was a rainy day, so we decided to do something inside. Blenheim Palace was a great choice. It has a fascinating history, lots to see and the guides do a wonderful job of telling the stories. The staterooms are a tour on one side, while the "servants quarter" perspective is on the other. Both are very worth doing. The gardens were lovely, even in the rain. The meals were very nice and the shop was filled with lots of interesting things. It was a bit pricey.

The tour from the servants perspective was very cleverly done. I could have spent more time listening to the stories.

Visited May 2013
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“A fascinating place”
Reviewed 8 June 2013

We had no idea what to expect - it turns out it really is a palace. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, spent all day walking the grounds and wandering through the house. Our guide was excellent, we lucked out to catch one of the free guided tours. These are really helpful as you learn a lot about the family as well as the furnishings. Don't miss this!

Visited June 2013
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