The 4th Duke brought Capability Brown and William Chambers to make major changes to Palace Park and Gardens. The 5th Duke who was a horticulturalist of international standing developed extensive gardens. These are now sadly lost except for the Rose Garden recently restored by the present Duke.
The greatest impact on Blenheim was made by the 9th Duke. He created the formal gardens to east and west of the Palace, he restored of the Great Court and he replanted the entrance avenue and the Grand Avenue. In total he had half million trees planted in the Park. Inside the house the 9th Duke was responsible for a complete redecoration of the State Rooms. He also added extensively to the collection at Blenheim particularly the furniture. In the twentieth century during the both World Wars the dukes allowed Blenheim to be used in various ways for the war effort. The most famous member of the family was Sir Winston Churchill who was born at Blenheim and spent a considerable amount of time at the Palace. Winston was the grandson of the 7th duke. He was a close friend of the 9th Duke and Duchess.
The 11th Duke committed his life to the preservation of this great house, and it was during his time that the Palace became a World Heritage Site (1987).
Surrounding the Palace are over 2000 acres of beautiful Capability Brown parkland, lakes, fountains and formal gardens including the recently restored Secret Garden, the Italian Garden, the Water Terraces, Rose Garden and Grand Cascade. A miniature train, a great favourite with all ages, connects the Palace to the Pleasure Gardens where a range of fun activities for children are located including the Marlborough Maze, the Butterfly House, the Lavender Garden, Adventure Playground and Blenheim Bygones exhibition
Blenheim Palace is home to the oldest woodland in Europe, with ancient Oaks dating back to the 12th Century.
Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England, OX20 1PP
Park & Gardens: Open daily from 09.00 - 18.30 or dusk if earlier. Palace: Open daily from 10.30 - 16.30, last entry 15.45. Please note: we are closed on Christmas Day.