Blenheim Park for Free
COVID-19 Update: Blenheim Park is open and free to enter via the footpaths. The palace and formal gardens are open and from July 19 pre-booking is no longer required. Face masks must still be worn inside.
Blenheim Palace & Park is one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations. The ancestral home of the Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim is a standard feature of any itinerary that includes London, Oxford, Stratford upon Avon and, more recently, Bicester Village. In addition, it is a popular destination for families wishing to spend the day in the safe, open environment of the park and grounds.
As it is a private estate entry to the Blenheim can be expensive, but a little known secret is that a number of public footpaths cross the park, so it’s possible to enter without needing to buy a ticket, absolutely free.
Follow the links below to find out how!
Palace, Gardens & Park
If you plan on looking round the palace itself or visiting the formal gardens then you have no choice but to buy a ticket, as the public footpaths do not give you access to these. If, however, you just want to see the park and the lake, or you only have a couple hours to spend, using the footpaths to access the park will allow you to enjoy the magnificent views without needing to spend a thing on tickets. In addition, by using the instructions on this website you will also get to enjoy a walk through the historic town of Woodstock, something it's easy to miss if you are just spending time in Blenheim.