Just 10 miles to the north of Oxford lies one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Britain; so beautiful, indeed, that it is the only non-royal property in England to hold the title of palace.
Built between 1705 and 1722, Blenheim Palace was present as a gift to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, following his military triumphs during The War of the Spanish Succession; particularly at The Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Following the palace’s completion, it became the home of the Churchill (later Spencer-Churchill). Unique for it’s combined use as a family home, mausoleum and national monument. The palace is particularly well known as the birthplace and ancestral home of Winston Churchill.
So how do you get there?
In the shadow of Blenheim Palace sits the quaint Cotswolds village of Woodstock. It is connected to central Oxford by a series of bus routes, which provide regular access to the area.
From central Oxford, you need to use the C3 Bus Stop on Magdalen Street. The following bus services will take you to Blenheim Palace’s entrance in around 40 minutes:
Driving is made very easy thanks to the vast car park that the Palace offers. Surrounding Blenheim are a number of other beautiful Cotswolds Villages such as Burford, Bourton on the Water and Bibury. Travelling between these villages is made rather difficult without access to a vehicle.
If you do not have access to your own vehicle, you could consider booking a taxi. Rates are negotiable, and it makes visiting the sparsely-populated Cotswolds much more convenient. We recommend the following companies:0