Blenheim Palace Guided Tour From Oxford- Private Tours

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 1 Hr 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Daily at 2pm from Blenheim palace or at 12.45 meeting us from Oxford.
  • Departure Details :
    15-16 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UK
  • Return Details :
    Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PP, UK
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Enjoy a guided tour of one of England's most famous palaces & gardens but also home to the Churchill family and Duke of Marlborough. Our tour will describe the destiny of events which led to the creation of Blenheim palace. Its creation was no easy achievement- the main architect was even refused entry to see his completed work! However, it is open today for all to enjoy its sumptuous interior and its expansive gardens, lake house and maze.

Palace entry ticket worth 28.50 per person is included in your tour price. Guided tour duration is 90 minutes+.

Upon arrival at Blenheim palace, your guide will take you on a guided tour lasting approximately 90 minutes. You will then have free time to visit other parts of the palace and gardens on your own.

OPTION ALSO EXISTS TO SELECT TO ADD ON A 90 MINUTES PRIVATE WALKING TOUR OF OXFORD AT START OF THE TOUR FOR ADDITIONAL 100 FEE.

Know More about this tour

If you have your own transport, you can either meet us at the palace cafe ticket point at 2pm. Alternatively, you can meet us at 12.45 in Oxford city centre at our usual meeting point OUTSIDE Oxford visitor info centre, 15 Broad street, OX1 3AS. We will include free return travel to the palace on the public bus from Oxford, catching the bus from Oxford at about 1pm. If you prefer to ask us to reserve a taxi for you, that can be arranged but you would need to pay the taxi driver directly on the day at a cost of approx 30 per journey.

We also recommend that after you visit Blenheim palace, you also visit Woodstock village which is just a short walk from the palace. Woodstock has Cotswolds style traditional stone buildings and is very pretty with some good pubs and a museum which closes at 4pm or 5pm. There is a regular bus service back to Oxford which leaves outside the palace gates or from Woodstock village centre, until late in the evening.

Our marginally higher ticket price reflects the special quality of our limiting groups to max 6 persons. In fact, we average 2 persons only per tour.

ACTIVITY DURATION:

Your guide will introduce the palace heritage & its special place in English history with you on a guided tour of the palace lasting approximately 90 minutes from 2pm-3.30pm. However, you really should schedule at least another 2 hours free time to explore the palace and gardens yourselves. There are several different exhibit areas plus play areas for children and the maze for all ages, seeking an adventure. You also should take chance to walk to adjacent Woodstock village.  So you could plan your day to end as late as 6pm or later.

Inclusions

Local guide for guided tour of the palace (this does not include tour of the gardens and estate)

Entry/Admission - Blenheim Palace

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Gratuities

We offer you a guided tour of the palace state rooms. The tour does not include a tour of the gardens and the estate grounds as the estate is very extensive and you can explore the gardens and grounds at leisure after the tour in your own free time.

If you opt to return after activity by taxi to Oxford, then that is not included (a taxi may cost anything from 30-45 single journey) but this can be arranged for you, if you request it.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 14 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

Wheelchair accessible

Blenheim palace is located just next to Woodstock village, so we recommend you visit both locations in your free time after the guided tour.

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME AT THE AGREED MEETING POINT:

Please arrive 5 minutes early for your tour at our meeting point. If you arrive more than 5 minutes later than the scheduled tour, then you might forfeit and lose your booking as if your arriving late, as this may interrupt the guide and other customers, if we are trying to find you after a guide has started and left the meeting point.

WE OFFER YOU THE OPTION TO EITHER MEET US in OXFORD TO CATCH THE PUBLIC BUS WITH US TO THE PALACE OR TO MEET US AT 2PM AT THE PALACE, LOCATED ABOUT HALF HOUR DRIVE AWAY FROM OXFORD CITY.

INFO FOR DRIVERS AND PARKING:

If you are driving, then please allow extra 30-60 minutes over whatever time you think it will take you to get here. Oxford is NOT car friendly and it is congested roads and hard to find parking spaces....unless you park at the sign posted 'park and rides' on edge of town on any major road into the city and hop on their buses into city centre. The park and ride buses leave every 15 or every 30 minutes and take anything from 10 min to 30 min (depending on traffic) to reach city centre. So if you are going to drive, then please assume you should be aiming to park your car about one hour before your tour starts.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

We actually recommend instead using the much faster and reliable train services but again please aim to arrive about an hour or earlier before your tour starts as trains can be delayed and the train and coach station are about 15 minutes walk from our meeting point. There is also the coach service from London called the Oxford Tube which leaves every half hour or more but it can take much longer than its advertised 105 minute journey time. It drops you off either at High street Oxford or Gloucester Green coach station. It's quicker to ask to get off on High street near Carfax tower, then it's a 10 minutes walk to Broad street.

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Please note that we use the public bus to get from Oxford to the palace and back to Oxford again. Public transport & Blenheim palace will have mask policies beyond our control. However, as for our policy, we don't require masks & we will only comply with any whatever random legal mandatory rules.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 08-Sep-2022

    We had a great day on our e-bike tour of the Cotswolds with Cotswolds Bike Tours. Alasdair's colleague, Laura, toured us around to Roman ruins, manor ruins, picturesque villages, churches and a nice lunch spot. Laura had a lot of background information to share at our various stops, which was very educational. The bikes were in excellent condition -- very new. We highly recommend this tour!

  • 01-Oct-2019

    I was sceptical initially about visiting another palace or castle in Britain. However, after the visit to Blenheim Palace I have second thoughts now. My wife and I both have Peter our guide to thank. He was not only most knowledgeable of the tour but he went way beyond the norm by making our trip most meaningful and memorable one although this is already the 4th palace/castle we have visited in UK since our arrival in September. Peter was well prepared for the tour and made it simple and most interesting. He even carried an umbrella in the event it rain which it did at the end of the tour. On top of that at the end of the visit, Peter also kindly arranged tea for us and some English goodies to sample in the form of chocolate caramel shortcake and also oatmeal and raisin biscuits at the garden terrace of Bleiheim Palace. It allowed us to truly appreciate the magnificient view of this ?estate. At the end of the paid tour Peter in his own time gave us a quick introduction and run around Oxford so that it will be easier for us when we do our cycle and walking tour of Oxford the next day. Tqvm, Peter you had made a real difference!! Cheers

  • 29-Sep-2019

    It was a pleasure to have Peter as our guide. His enthusiasm and knowledge of the Churchills and all things British made our visit an afternoon my husband and I will never forget. He politely answered all our questions. At the end of the tour, we sat down and he served us tea and cookies while we had a most interesting discussion on British writers, movies, and other tours we might be interested in taking in the future.

  • 09-Jul-2019

    Good tour of Blenheim palace. Tour guide Mr Michiel Van Hout was great. Highly recommended. Only audio guide being allowed inside the palace - is bit irritating, however it was over come by Michiel discreetly.

  • 09-Jul-2019

    Good tour of Blenheim palace. Tour guide Mr Michiel Van Hout was great. Highly recommended. Only audio guide being allowed inside the palace - is bit irritating, however it was over come by Michiel discreetly.

  • 04-Jul-2019

    We took the tour out to Blenheim Palace from Oxford. As a group of 4 we got a very personal tour. There were several events going on that limited our access, but our tour guide navigated the difficulties (loud sound checks for an evening concert and closed areas) with professionalism and persistence. We highly recommend and would use again.

  • 07-Jun-2019

    We spent a wonderful afternoon with Michel at Blenheim Palace. His knowledge of the history and personalities of the people who shaped the palace brought the palace to life. And his knowledge of art and film provided entertaining anecdotes which kept us fully engaged for the entire tour. This was the best tour of a palace that we have experienced in England. We highly recommend Michel and the entire professional team at Visit Oxford.

  • 01-Oct-2018

    Taxi driver Duci was prompt, friendly driving us from London to Oxford. Equally we enjoyed our tour of Blenheim Palace with iloveoxford tours.Alastair and Michiel were a pleasure to meet. Michiel was a FABULOUS resource through the palace with his knowledge of history and art and personal gracious manner.

  • 30-Sep-2018

    Taxi driver Duci was prompt, friendly driving us from London to Oxford. Equally we enjoyed our tour of Blenheim Palace with iloveoxford tours.Alastair and Michiel were a pleasure to meet. Michiel was a FABULOUS resource through the palace with his knowledge of history and art and personal gracious manner.

  • 01-Jul-2018

    I could not recommend this tour, although I thought the tour company did a great job in helping me with logistics. In first place the 'with transport' aspect is just that someone walks with you to the bus. Our tour guide did not stop with us to talk about the estate or about physical abilities (Blenheim is BIG. The exterior is on uneven turf. The estate is not especially accessible) but instead set a quick pace to the nearby bus station. I didn't feel like he delivered information that was over and above a good audio guide. And he could not seem to understand that some of us could not or didn't care to walk as fast as he did through the estate. In short there is no value add. Just go to Blenheim by the local bus, walk from one of the two stops, and pay yourself. I was frankly very disappointed and both of us felt this was the worst day of our trip.

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