COVID-19: Update from Blenheim Palace

  • 20 Mar 2020
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A message from our Chief Executive

Spring has arrived at this beautiful place and, as always, Blenheim Palace does not disappoint with the trees coming into bloom and of course England’s finest view looking as resplendent as ever. However, this Spring is somewhat different with the Coronavirus (Covid-19) taking hold in the UK...

We have taken the very difficult decision to close the Palace, Formal Gardens and Pleasure Gardens as from Monday 23rd March until further notice; while laws and Government advice allow, Blenheim Park will remain open from 10.00 - 16.00 each day for you to enjoy. Our shop, cafés and all toilet facilities will be closed at this time.  

This will be free for everyone to enjoy; with everything that is happening in the world right now, we want to try and ensure that we give people a place where they can come, be surrounded by nature and a beautiful landscape and feel connected - whilst we are socially distancing ourselves. That last bit is important; while you are here, please respect people’s social distance and share smiles and kind words only... and please share those a lot. 

Our teams have been working hard to put into place procedures to minimise any risks, we have issued our guidelines on our website. We also ask that you help us to ensure that we can stay open and limit any risks by not coming if you have signs of any illness or should be in isolation - please come another day.   

This year we are celebrating being open to Visitors for 70 years, and we want to make sure that we continue to be a safe environment for families to come and visit and, although these are very difficult times, they will become part of our shared history.  We will be regularly posting on social media sites stories from Blenheim Palace, its past, present and future so please do stay in touch with us at this time using hashtags #stayconnected / #blenheimpalace.

Please see our website for all our event information, we will be issuing refunds for any that are Blenheim Palace ticketed, and you will be directed to third party event partners through our event pages, for additional information.

I want to personally assure you that we have made these decisions with the interests of our visitors and staff at the heart of them.

On behalf of myself and the team at Blenheim Palace I wish you safe health. Take care of yourselves – we don’t care if you never spend money with us again, we just want to know that you and your loved ones are safe.

With kind regards,

Dominic Hare

Chief Executive, Blenheim


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