Blenheim Palace near Oxford is much touted as a 'stunning place to visit' and a 'must see location' for all tourists to the area, with visitors going out of their way to see the birthplace of Winston Churchill and the only palace in the country which is not owned by the royals. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the palace receives nearly one million visitors a year, is often used as a filming location and hosts countless weddings. With a ticket costing nearly £30 per person, is it worth spending the money to visit?
The short answer is no, absolutely not.
As a lover of and regular visitor to countless stately homes, I can categorically confirm that it is not worth £30 per person. I visited yesterday, in September 2021 - and really wish I had saved my money and time. Here's my reasons why...
1. The tickets are far too expensive.
The £30 per ticket only gives you entry to the major rooms on the ground floor - I think there were about 11 of them, one of which was completely boarded up. If you want to see the state bedrooms, you need to pay an extra £5 to go on a guided tour. If you want to see the servants quarters 'below stairs', you have to pay an extra £5 to go on a guided tour. So, an extra £10 to see what you would normally see in any other property as part of the main ticket price. £40 to see a stately home? The palace would have to be beyond incredible to pay that much, and it is not.