Blenheim Palace

Surrounded by a plethora of lush greenery, woodland and enchanting lakes, Blenheim Palace is one of Britain’s most spectacular World Heritage sites. Treat yourself to an opulent afternoon tea, or take a stroll through the beautiful landscape gardens, before venturing into the palace itself to take in the incredible art and furnishings that line the palace rooms.

Explore the grandiose of Blenheim Palace

Our bed and breakfast accommodation has received a prestigious four gold star rating from The AA. Nestled in a peaceful courtyard adorned with blooming roses, our six rooms offer a true sense of home away from home. They are thoughtfully designed with vintage furnishings, feature vegan and environmentally conscious British bath and body products, boast either rain showers or elegant claw-foot tubs, and provide spacious double or kingsize beds.

Emphasizing the use of the finest local ingredients, especially the abundant fish and seafood from our local sources, The Trout Inn’s menus showcase seasonal dishes and innovative twists on traditional pub favourites.


Blenheim Palace is a magnificent stately home located in Woodstock. It’s renowned for its stunning architecture, historical significance, and beautiful landscaped gardens.

Blenheim Palace was built in the early 18th century as a gift to John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, from Queen Anne and the British government. It was constructed to honour his military victories, particularly the Battle of Blenheim in 1704, hence the name.

The palace is a prime example of English Baroque architecture and was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, a notable architect of the time. It features grandiose elements such as a central dome, imposing columns, and intricate detailing.

And let’s not forget about the vast grounds. Blenheim Palace is set within a vast parkland and boasts beautifully landscaped gardens designed by Capability Brown, one of England’s most famous landscape architects. The gardens include a serene lake, ornamental gardens, and numerous sculptures.

The Magnificent State Rooms

When you visit Blenheim Palace, the State Rooms will undoubtedly capture your attention. These opulent chambers are a quintessential representation of the grandeur one might envision in a stately home. With lavish carpets, gilded furniture, magnificent paintings, and rare artifacts, every corner exudes sheer opulence. Guided tours are available for exploring both the ground floor and the second floor of the palace.

Winston Churchill's Birthplace

On November 30th, 1874, Lady Randolph Churchill gave birth to her son in a small bedroom at Blenheim Palace, naming him Winston. While there are conflicting accounts of his birthplace, the widely accepted belief is that Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born prematurely at the palace, as the intended location was a rented house on Charles Street in Mayfair. Regardless of the debate, it is indisputable that he was born at Blenheim Palace. The birth room is open for visitors, and you can admire Churchill’s painting, “The Atlas Mountains from Marrakech.”

Choose Your Palace Experience

When touring Blenheim Palace, you have the choice of two distinct tours, each offering a unique perspective on life within the palace.

Upstairs Tour

Embark on the “Upstairs Tour” to explore the main rooms used by the Marlborough family, spanning from the 1st Duke to the present day. Discover the nursery where young Lords and Ladies were cared for, even as recently as the 1990s. Admire exquisite paintings by renowned artists like Reynolds, Kneller, Sargent, and Stubbs.

Downstairs Tour

The “Downstairs Tour” provides insights into the lives of palace staff over the past three centuries. Wander through various corridors, witness the iconic bell system, and peek into areas still in use by the current palace staff.

The Enchanting Formal Gardens

The surrounding Formal Gardens at Blenheim Palace serve as living testaments to various historical periods, brought to life by renowned designers like Henry Wise and Achille Duchêne. As you wander these grounds, you’ll encounter the majestic Water Terraces, the Duke’s Private Italian Garden, the serene Secret Garden, the Churchill Memorial Garden, and the exquisitely delicate Rose Garden. The pathway leading to the Formal Gardens from the West Courtyard offers breathtaking views of the gardens and the lake.

Family-Friendly Walled Garden

For a family-friendly experience at Blenheim Palace, head to the Walled Garden. You can reach this delightful spot by taking an exciting ride on the miniature railway—a treat for the little ones. While the kids enjoy the small play area, you can relax and savour a snack or a refreshing drink at the Pizza Cafe.

Blenheim Palace Walks

Explore the beauty of Blenheim Palace through a variety of walks, with some of the most popular options being:

The Lake Walk: This picturesque stroll is just under one mile in length. Note that wheelchair and buggy/pram users are recommended to return to the palace via the Rose Garden after reaching the cascade.

The Queen Pool Walk: A dog-friendly walk of approximately two miles, forming a circular route suitable for wheelchair and buggy users.

The Park Perimeter: The longest walk at Blenheim Palace, spanning close to five miles. It is also wheelchair and buggy-friendly but includes some steep slopes.


The Trout Inn is approximately 31 minutes from Blenheim Palace. Here’s how you get to us:

Head south-east on Oxford Rd/A44 towards Cadogan Park

At Bladon Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Bladon Rd/A4095
Continue to follow A4095 for about two miles

Turn left onto Lower Road and follow for approximately three miles

At Eynsham Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A40 for seven miles

At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Downs Road

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Downs Rd

Turn left onto Main Road

Turn right onto Well Lane

Turn right onto Bampton Road/A4095
Continue to follow A4095 for four miles

At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto High St/B4449

Continue onto Buckland Road for two miles and the Trout Inn will be on your left just before the bridge.