Arts & Culture

Explore the Hidden Side of Blenheim Palace

By Sarah Edwards at

Blenheim Palace is inviting visitors to take a privileged peek into the Private Apartments which have been lived in by the Dukes and Duchesses of Marlborough for 300 years.

The behind the scenes guided tours of some of the Palace’s most opulent and luxurious rooms provide an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ look at life in the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The rooms, which are normally off-limits to visitors, provide a fascinating insight into family life at the Palace with their mix of precious antiques, tapestries and artworks amongst modern living items and family photos.

The intimate tour begins with climbing the Main Stairs and peeking into the Dressing Room and through the Duke’s Corridor taking visitors on a tour of family life, with views into the Master Bedroom and Dining Room. The tour also takes in the Sitting Room where His Grace and family relax and mixes priceless heirlooms with modern technology.

25/01/18. The private apartments at Blenheim Palace. The Tower Bedroom.
Picture: John Lawrence 07850 429934

Walking through the ornate corridors, visitors will be led to the Smoking Room which contains full size tapestries from the Alexandra the Great series which were commissioned by the 1st Duke.

The Smoking Room is also home to the famous Stubbs Tiger painting, which is based on a real tiger which lived at Blenheim Palace from 1763 and was gifted to the 4th Duke by Lord Clive, Governor of Bengal.

Visitors will also be taken around the Grand Cabinet*, a room full of unique historical artefacts and family heirlooms. The Visitor’s Book will also be on display, and visitors can see the list of illustrious guests who have stayed at the Palace, from royalty to celebrities.

Amongst many rare and incredible historical artefacts, visitors will be able to see His Grace’s Dining Room laid with Winston Churchill’s own private china set. Churchill, who was born at Blenheim Palace in the West Wing, regularly used the Spode Copeland and Spode Maritime Rose, set which dates from 1891 to 1900.

25/01/18. The private apartments at Blenheim Palace. View of the China Room.
Picture: John Lawrence 07850 429934

Guests must book in advance online or at the Welcome Desk or Great Hall on the day; Palace, Park and Gardens ticket is also required.

WHAT: WHEN: WHY VISIT:

Private Apartment Tours at Blenheim Palace From 10th February

See the East Wing of Blenheim Palace, learn about the 300 years of history in the

rooms.
GENERAL ADMISSION: Tour £5.00 + Palace, Park & Gardens Ticket: Adult £26.00

Concession £23.00 Child £14.50 Under 5s free

WEBSITE: blenheimpalace.com