Blenheim Palace Guided Tour
Start your morning in Oxford exploring the beautiful countryside as we weave our way to the nearby town of Woodstock where we visit the home of Churchill’s family & one of England’s finest stately homes & gardens – world renowned Blenheim Palace.
Our friendly guides will take you on a scenic cycling tour to and from the Palace and ensure you get the most out of your visit to Blenheim Palace. We also arrange your tickets to the palace making sure you avoid the queues.Read More…
This circular tour provides a safe, fun and easy route to the nearby town of Woodstock, where the world famous Blenheim Palace is situated and the famous prime minister Winston Churchill was born.
This is a circular route that leaves the lively city of Oxford and heads through a large area of common land given to the freemen of the city by Alfred the Great, Port Meadow and which has the River Thames flowing through it.
The route joins the waterway path and you ride along the path where Lewis Carrol first began to spin the tale of Alice in Wonderland. After joining the Sustrans approved cycle paths you head onto a traffic free route towards the town of Woodstock, here the world-renowned Blenheim Palace is situated.
The return journey leaves Woodstock behind and joins the Oxford Canalpath providing a relaxing route all the way back into the city.Show Less
Tour Length – 16 miles / 26 km
Difficulty – Easy
Tour Duration – 6 hours (2 hours cycling at leisurely pace)
Suitability – Family Friendly
Bikes – All bikes, child seats and trailers available
Children (15 and under) £75
Infant (child seat and trailer) £10
Minimum of 2 people to run tour
Price includes entrance to Blenheim Palace palace and grounds and time allows for exploring both Palace, grounds and having lunch (food not included)
To view a full route description and itinerary please download our brochure.
- Meeting Point
- Port Meadow
- River Thames
- Alice In Wonderland
- Treacle Well
- Godstow Nunnery Ruins
- The Oxford Canal
- Historic Woodstock Town
- Explore 300 years of history and art
- The Churchill Exhibition
- The Palace State Rooms
- The Stables Exhibitions
- Sir Winston Churchill’s birth room
- Explore Blenheim Palace Gardens and Grounds
Blenheim Palace gardens
- Formal gardens
- The Walled garden
- The Marlborough maze!
- The Butterfly house
When days and times do the tours run?
There are no scheduled times for our Blenheim Palace tour, this experience is arranged specifically for you at a time that best suits you and guide availability. Complete the Book Now form with your desired date and time and we will be in touch to finalise payment and confirm booking.
What is included with the tour?
Our guide will take you on a scenic safe cycling route to and from Blenheim Palace. Once at the Palace you will have free time to explore the grounds and Palace. Our guide will provide you with recommendations of places to visit to help ensure you get the most from your tour and we will have your entrance tickets to help beat the queues.
Can I bring my Dog?
Yes, no problem but let us know so we can book a dog trailer for you. There are also parts of the tour off road where your doggie can roam free. Dogs are not permitted inside the Palace but are allowed in the grounds on a lead – there are plenty of places to walk your dog at Blenheim Palace.
Can I bring a bag with me?
Yes, you can either carry your bag or some bikes do have baskets you can fit it in. If you have luggage or bulky bags we can make arrangements for you to leave these at our shop.
What do I need to bring with me?
Mostly nothing except yourself! But here are a few ideas to help keep you comfortable (depending on time of year)
Suitable clothing for the time of year
Bottle of water
Are the tours conducted in English?
Our tours are in English, our guides speak various languages and if you would like a tour in another language please contact us to arrange.
Do I need to book tours?
Yes, please email us before you come. If we have no guided tours running on your desired date we offer bike hire and self-guided maps for the tour.
What happens if it rains?
We don’t want you to have a miserable time if the heavens are falling down we always give the option to cancel or change your date. However rain doesn’t stop us and we recommend bringing your waterproofs if there is a chance of rain.
Do we go inside the museums, monuments and colleges?
Not as standard but it is always possible to pop into a college if the group wants to, some colleges charge small entrance fees which would not be included in the price. When booking your tour let us know and we can make suitable arrangements
What are the safety issues?
We follow carefully planned routes on our tours, which will keep you away from busy traffic and were possible using pedestrian crossings. Our hire bikes are regular maintained by qualified mechanics.
Parents are politely reminded that they are responsible for their children.
How big do the tour groups get?
Normally no more than 10 but this may be bigger if there are families with children. We cater for larger groups of up to 100 but these are pre-arranged, contact us for more details if you have a large group.
Are these tours appropriate for children?
Our day tours are very much so. We have child seats, trailers and trailer bikes. If your children can cycle let us know their age and we can reserve a children’s bike for them. Holiday tours may not be suitable, please contact us to discuss in more detail.
After a tour can we hang onto the bikes a bit longer would that be possible?
If you have been on one of our tours you can keep the bike until the shop closes or the following morning for a small rental fee, we would require a deposit so let us know you beforehand.
How fit do we need to be for a tour?
The group will always go as fast as the slowest rider, it is not a challenging ride anyway as you are always stopping to get information from the guide about history. You will not even get out of breath it is designed for all abilities.
How often can we go to restroom?
We have a toilet when you arrive and there are public conveniences on route, close to where our guides stop. If you are worried and think you may need to stop outside these breaks tell your guide beforehand and they will point out all facilities along the way. It is very relaxed and in no way a regimented tour, we always stop whenever anyone needs to.
Do you provide helmets?
We do keep some helmets in the shop we can lend you but cannot guarantee their safety
For safety and hygienic reasons Bainton Bikes do not hire out helmets. Apart from no legal constraints compelling a rider to wear one we also believe we cannot guarantee the hygiene of the prior user or the care given to the helmet. A helmet’s safety is deemed compromised if it has been dropped to the ground as the inner shell must be intact, the only way to know this is through thorough examination using x-ray which we are unable to do after every hire. Please bring your own helmet if you are worried, alternatively we do also sell helmets in our shop.