• The Upstairs Tour @ Blenheim Palace
  • Downstairs Tour
  • Lights, Camera, Action

A unique look at 21st-century life in an 18th-century palace, in the main rooms used by the Marlborough family, from the 1st Duke to today. See the Nursery where Nanny lived and cared for the young Lords and Ladies right up until the 1990s, and beautiful paintings by artists such as Reynolds, Kneller, Sargent and Stubbs.

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a guest at Blenheim Palace? From after dinner etiquette to secret corridors, gain an insight into the routine of visitors both past and present, including Charlie Chaplin, Bill Clinton and Sylvester Stallone. 

There is a climb of the spiral staircase with 75 steps involved, therefore this tour is not accessible for wheelchair users and others who may find difficulty in this.

There is a capacity of 6 people per tour to ensure everyone enjoys a safe tour
  • Tickets required
    Palace, Park & Gardens
  • Date Daily
  • Time On the hour, every hour – 11.00 - 16.00
  • Price Additional fee of £5.00 per adult or £4.50 per child

The ‘Downstairs’ Tour gives visitors a glimpse into the lives of Palace staff over the centuries.

Household staff were essential to the aristocratic way of life. Visitors can wander through the network of corridors, see the iconic bell system as well as some areas which are still in use by Palace staff today, including the kitchen. Along the way, hear about the gossip and perks of the job from the staff’s point of view.

Palace, Park and Gardens admission or a valid Annual Pass, plus a small fee of £5.00 per adult or £4.50 per concession/child (including under 5s) is required to take this tour.

Blenheim Palace, Park and Gardens have been used as a location for many exciting feature films and television programmes.

The Palace’s impressive architecture and incredible scenery have provided a stunning setting for classic period dramas and modern feature films. Some productions place the Palace centre stage, but others feature small aspects you might not recognise at a first glance, such as part of a staircase or a glimpse of our maze.

Discover the many film locations across the Palace, Park and Gardens and follow in the footsteps of the stars with this dedicated trail.