Blenheim Palace

A quintessential British landmark and an architectural marvel with a wealth of spaces for unforgettable events

Overview

This astounding landmark is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. It is an awe-inspiring venue for events with over 300 years of fascinating history. This magnificent Palace is a designated UNESCO world heritage site, surrounded by over 90 acres of formal gardens. Commissioned by Queen Anne, birthplace to Sir Winston Churchill, and now home to one of the most important art collections in Europe, Blenheim Palace is a venue with past and present significance. It is a dream venue for weddings and private celebrations as well as an exclusive destination for world-class corporate events.

Capacity

2000
MAX CAPACITY


Dinner Venue, Set-up For Dinner

1000DINNER

Reception Venue, Poseur Tables, Reception Style Set-up

2000RECEPTION

Conference Venue, Theatre Style Set-up

1500THEATRE

Review

The Blenheim Palace event spaces are exceptional and offer a great diversity of options for outstanding events. This venue offers a wealth of stunning locations to host everything from receptions and gala dinners, to car launches and fashion shows. The Palace is surrounded by over 90 acres of formal gardens, including the Water Terraces, the Rose Garden and the Italian garden. This unique venue is truly an awe-inspiring setting for any event and boasts more than six party venues that can host up to 500 guests. The gardens can also be used to accommodate marquees for up to 2,000 guests.

Unique and inspiring, the Blenheim Palace event spaces regularly host meetings, product launches, presentations and away days. The Great Hall is a magnificent entrance room that rises 67 feet to the decorative ceiling, painted by James Thornhill. This space is perfect for a grand dinner or drinks reception and can be used with the Saloon. The Saloon is the State Dining Room, with walls and ceilings painted by French decorative artist Louis Laguerre. This event space is perfect for a smaller dinner or a drinks reception. When the Saloon and Great Hall are used in combination, they can host 250 guests for a drinks reception or a dinner for up to 150 guests.

The Long Library is home to over 10,000 books and the magnificent Willis Organ. With spectacular views over the Water Terraces, this event space is perfect for enjoying an unforgettable dinner following pre-dinner drinks in the Great Hall. The Marlborough Room features a double-vaulted ceiling, two stunning chandeliers and a vast fireplace. The Oudenarde and Malplaquet rooms are perfect options for more intimate meetings and dinners. In addition, the Orangery is a truly elegant room with great arched windows, high ceilings, and a glass paneled roof.

The Blenheim Palace event spaces make the perfect setting for product launches, showcases and exhibitions. With indoor facilities for up to 300 guests, seven acres of courtyards and over 2,000 acres of Parkland, the possibilities are well and truly endless. For away days, Blenheim Palace offers a large number of experiences that can be added to seminars, meetings, workshops or training sessions.

Blenheim is currently home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough but it could also be the perfect place to host your next special event. One thing is certain, memories made here will last a lifetime.

History

Blenheim Palace was built as a gift to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, from Queen Anne in thanks for his victory at the Battle of Blenheim on 13th August 1704. Despite an inscription on the Palace wall stating that it was built between 1705 and 1722, the Chapel (the last part of the Palace to be built) was not consecrated until 1733, 11 years after the death of the 1st Duke.

The Column of Victory was built in 1730 in the northern part of the Park and stands at 134 feet high. It is crowned by a lead statue of the 1st Duke of Marlborough which depicts him dressed as a Roman general. After this, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was commissioned to create a new landscape for the 2000 plus acres of Parkland that surround the Palace. Brown transformed the Parkland between 1764 and 1774.

Sir Winston Churchill was born inside the Palace in November 1874, adding another illustrious page to its rich history.

During 1914 Blenheim Palace was used as a convalescence hospital for wounded soldiers during WWI and as bedrooms and classrooms for 400 Malvern College boys during WWII. In 1957 Blenheim Palace was designated a listed building and in 1987 it was made a UNESCO world heritage site.

Today, the Palace is home to one of the most important and extensive collections in Europe, which includes portraits, furniture, sculpture and tapestries. Amongst the many treasures to be found in the State Rooms are the famous Marlborough tapestries, the ‘Victories Series’ in the Green Writing Room and the first, second and third State rooms. The library, famous for its walls lined by more than 10,000 books, many of them hundreds of years old and of great historic significance.

Above all, Blenheim Palace has an astonishing history and imposing architecture that adds a sense of significance to any event hosted at the venue.

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Blenheim Palace - A quintessential British landmark and an architectural marvel with a wealth of spaces for unforgettable events