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Glorious Gardens for Groups at Blenheim

Group visitors can enjoy a day out at Blenheim Palace and discover over 2,000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens.

Blenheim Palace was one of ‘Capability’ Brown’s most significant landscape projects. Commissioned by the 4th Duke of Marlborough in 1763, he spent a total of 11 years transforming the Palace’s landscaped parkland which, although appearing quite natural, is ‘contrived to pleasing effect’.


Blenheim Palace’s Great Lake, situated in front of the Palace is a manmade body of water. This has been declared Brown’s most magnificent piece of work. Brown built a lake on the west side of the Vanbrugh Bridge, submerging the canals and the cascades which the 1st Duchess had built under the bridge originally. He united his lake with the one built by the 1st Duchess creating ‘The Finest View in England’.


Alongside the 2,000 acres of Parkland, Blenheim Palace has 10 Formal Gardens to be enjoyed throughout the year; including The Rose Garden, Secret Garden, Water Terraces and Italian Garden.


Groups can book ahead to enjoy a new themed talk for 2020, Shaping the Landscape, which will give visitors an insight into the development of the gardens from their initial conception to Brown’s influence and the design of the Water Terraces by Achille Duchêne.*


Perfect for Group visitors, dates are confirmed for the eighth annual Blenheim Palace Flower Show as Friday 26th – Sunday 28th June 2020.


More than 24,000 people attended the seventh annual show, which was opened by TV presenter George Clarke who also took part in Garden Talks and Q&As during the event.


In 2020, visitors will be able to explore over 300 exhibitor stands located around a Grand Floral Pavilion as well as Garden Talks with experts and enthusiasts, fabulous food and drink, an outdoor Plant Village plus live entertainment throughout the weekend.


For further information on talks, exhibitions and events for groups in 2020 please contact or telephone 01993 815600.