The picturesque town of Woodstock, home to Blenheim Palace is only a short 20-minute drive from the city of Oxford. Built in the rare 18th-century Baroque style, the estate is surrounded by meticulously maintained parkland, formal gardens and is also home to significant tapestry and artefacts that provide a glimpse into significant events that occurred and shaped Britain. Blenheim Palace is also the birthplace of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, voted by the public as number one in the “100 Greatest Britons” BBC initiative. All this and 7 more compelling reasons make Blenheim Palace a great weekend or day trip destination and a chance to spend some quality time in the British countryside.
1. British Heritage and membership
Blenheim Palace holds centuries of tradition and is a true gemstone in the British heritage crown. Walking through the halls of the estate, formal gardens and parkland will soon put a smile on your face and will make you think how this environment shaped young Winston into a world leader and statesman.The Adult ticket price of £24.90 at first may seem pricey. However, it will be short before you are proven wrong. As an Adult ticket holder, you can become a member which will entitle you with access for the next 12 months. Also, you will be able to donate the VAT component of the ticket price and contribute towards the preservation of this national heritage and UNESCO site.
2. Experience extraordinary events and activities with your friends
From jousting tournaments to classic and super car shows, once you’ve become a member you can visit Blenheim Palace throughout the duration of your membership and take part in some extraordinary events and activities. Tickets for these events need to be purchased separately, but your Annual Pass will entitle you with a discount code to help you make the most out of your membership. There is plenty to choose from and you can learn more about what’s on the official web page
3. Explore the formal gardens, parkland and lose your way in a hedge maze
The meticulously maintained gardens and parkland will make you feel at one with nature. Away from the dynamic city life, here at Blenheim Palace it is easy to calm your mind and feel at peace. Further, you can lose yourself in the Marlborough Maze and take part in your very own fairy tale plot.
4. Explore the Blenheim Palace tapestries and artefacts
Blenheim Palace is the home of the Victory Tapestries of John Churchill that tell the story of the of the 1st Duke of Marlborough's famous war victories. The detail within the tapestries is phenomenal and awe-inspiring. You can see more here and below, but it is best to really visit in person.
5. Take part in a James Bond movie
If you are a James Bond fan, then this is another reason to visit the Blenheim Palace. Scenes from Spectre were shot here in the Great Court of Blenheim Palace and indeed it isn’t difficult to associate the location with 007. With a bit more imagination and best with the keys for an Aston Martin, you can quite easily impersonate Ian Fleming's spy character. If your imagination isn't working that well, try again after a couple of Vesper Martinis!
6. Combine with a visit to Oxford
The historical city of Oxford, home to the world-leading University of Oxford is only minutes away from Blenheim Palace, so visiting both in a day is possible. However, if you wish to dedicated more time to explore the world’s oldest university in the English speaking world, then you might even consider spending a few days in the area. Hopefully, this list will give you some great ideas and help you design your trip.
7. Go-shopping in Bicester Village
Bicester Village is some 12 miles away or approximately a 20-minute drive from Blenheim Palace. If you enjoy luxury shopping and you like a good deal, then look no further. Bicester Village is the ultimate designer outlet shopping location in Oxfordshire and perhaps the UK. Here you can find a variety of famous brands from Britain and across the world.