Blenheim Palace — rich in history, nature, culture, and fun

A palace! A maze! Human-sized chess pieces! Butterflies landing on your shoulders! Endless acres of gardens! A bridge with a babbling brook! Deer in the woods! … Blenheim Palace is truly spectacular. And it is no surprise why Blenheim Palace, Park & Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is stunningly beautiful and transports you from the ;real world’ so it feels like a holiday. Therefore, twirling, singing, and dancing around the amazing open spaces was par for the course!

Blenheim is a short day trip from London into Oxfordshire. And when you arrive at the grand gates to enter the palace and grounds, you will enter this special place, rich with history, surrounded by nature, and full of culture. There is so much to see, learn, and do that we barely even scratched the surface. Which means we can’t wait to go back soon.

To share an ounce of history with you, Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of, and home to Sir Winston Churchill. There are rooms bursting with details and stories of his life, like the adorable collection of miniature tin soldiers he once hand-painted. And some of the grounds were even designed by the infamous landscape architect Capability Brown. But, that is just a fraction of what you will find out when you visit Blenheim.

Our first stop were the Pleasure Gardens, and Butterfly House, which is a great space for children and families. We started our day in this area, (and then drove to the Palace afterwards). But the Pleasure Gardens helped to burn a lot of energy, making it easier for our children to be on their very best behaviour for the very, very large and slightly more serious palace tour in the aftern! So I highly recommend doing the same. The palace is also less busy in the afternoon, since many group /bus tours start their day there.

And inside the Pleasure Gardens, we especially loved the Marlborough Maze. We  even gave Beatrice the role as our leader to navigate the maze. It was so very fun for her! And actually, she stayed more calm and confident than many of the other adults we passed by who were lost. So we all paraded behind her. Despite a few dead-ends. It was fun to relinquish control. Just don’t lose your sense of humour, and you will be fine! (Also use the loo first, because this maze is a serious maze!).

The outdoor lawn games were also fun to play, and there are two playgrounds too! But the sweetest area of all was the miniature village, which the children loved peeking into the windows of. It is a scaled down replica of Woodstock, just outside of Blenheim.

After mazes, butterflies, miniature villages, and lawn games, we enjoyed fresh pizza at the family friendly deli!

We dabbled in a few different areas, and of course took a late afternoon break at the Water Terrace Cafe for tea and cake with a view over the fountains. (There are many lovely restaurant options, including The Orangery which we will make a reservation at another time). And if the weather is nice, pack a picnic and explore their staggering 2000 acres of park!

Plan in advance and book your tickets since they often have special events, from seasonal celebrations to Organ Recitals, children’s events, art exhibitions, inspirational nature days, tours and an abundance of activities happening year round.

There are great maps to guide you, and in a variety of languages too. And the little village of Woodstock, which is outside of the grand gates is very sweet as well.

This is one of the most impressive Palaces I have ever been to — and when you have lived in Europe for 11 years, you have seen a few. 🙂 So escape from London, and enter this amazing world filled with endless things to learn, see, and do.

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ps Another amazing place closer to London to visit is Hampton Court Palace!


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