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"Pricey but worth it…"
We called in to Blenheim on our way from Liverpool to Sussex. We only paid for the grounds ticket, but for a family of five that was still enough to make my eyes water.
Still, I have to say it was worth it - we were lucky enough to have a blissfully hot day, perfect for exploring gardens, climbing trees, and staring at the beautiful buildings going 'ooh' and 'aah' - they really don't build 'em like this any more!
The Pleasure Gardens are the obvious first stop with kids - there's a playground, adventure playground, maze, games, a butterfly house, a nice cafe, and even a little train that takes tired little people back to the Big House.
That said, mine also really enjoyed walking round the lake, and rolling scarily down the hill that led to the lake (visions of wet children...). The Palace itself is stunning, as are the formal gardens - and the kids spent ages looking at a display of toy soldiers in cases by the loos!
Take butties to keep the costs down, and you really can spend a whole day there - gorgeous, and lovely Woodstock just a few minutes away, as well as Oxford.Read moreLess
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"So much more than just a Stately Home…"
We are so lucky to have Blenheim Palace on our doorstep. Saying that, I’d only visited once before Monkey arrived, but have certainly made up for it since! Our NCT group made it our weekly Monday meet up, and we had a picnic there pretty much every week from March-October in 2010.
Since then, we have met there regularly and as the children have grown up, we’ve gone from Mummy picnics, to family picnics, trips to the Pleasure Gardens, joined the Easter Egg hunts and visited the Jousting Tournaments.
All have been made affordable trips with the excellent deal that Blenheim Palace has – buy a Park, Palace and Gardens One Day ticket (2013 price £21.00 per adult) and exchange it for an Annual free pass! Children under 5 are free anyway, so we have certainly got a good deal.
Monkey and I decided to spend this morning having a short walk around part of the Queen Pool, we stopped for a snack along the way.
We had a quick drink in the Oxfordshire Pantry and then decided to visit the Pleasure Gardens – there is a great, free train ride that takes you from the front of the Palace down to these gardens, where you can find lots of exciting things for the kids to do and see – as you can see below! Today we went to the Butterfly House and the ‘Blenheim Bygones’ Exhibition before going into the Pleasure Gardens themselves. We looked at the model village and played with the giant board and maze games, and then it was time to catch the train and make our way home for lunch.
We just didn’t have time to go on the various climbing frames or try to find our way around the Marlborough Maze, let alone visit the main gardens and the various walks through the grounds and around the Main Lake. Something to look forward to on another visitRead moreLess
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