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To celebrate National Picnic Month (July), Blenheim Palace has revealed its top spots to enjoy a picnic this July. Bring your baskets and blankets and make a beeline for the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Here are just a few Palace picnic spots to whet your appetite…
Where to enjoy a picnic at Blenheim Palace
If it’s a picnic with a side of history, you’ll be spoilt for choice in the formal gardens with the beautiful Water Terraces, not forgetting views of the Great Lake thanks to the accessible path from the West Courtyard.
The Cedar of Lebanon Tree
For a movie moment picnic, the Cedar of Lebanon Tree spot is most famous for its role in the popular 2007 film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the tree stands on the bank of the Great Lake.
For the opportunity to picnic with a view of the Baroque Palace for the very first time you’ve got to head to Clementine’s on the South Lawn available for a limited-time only until the Autumn.
Vanbrugh’s Grand Bridge
The surrounding lawns of this historic Vanbrugh’s Grand Bridge that separates the Great Lake from the Queen Pool has often been described as ‘the finest view in England’ that’ll make a picnic with a difference.
The ultimate place for a picnic with the little ones, enjoy a bite to eat in the Walled Garden surrounded by the Butterfly House and the Marlborough Maze. Picnic top tip: The Pizzeria offers woodfired pizzas, pasta, salads and meatball subs.
Break for a picnic lunch at the Snack Shack during a family trip to the all-new immersive Adventure Play attraction while kids let their imaginations run wild.
Located in the Formal Garden, the Roundel comprises a beautiful water fountain and ornamental pond, often referred to as ‘the roundabout’, which sets the scene for a romantic afternoon picnic affair.
Column of Victory
If it’s a walk followed by a well-deserved picnic break then head on over to admire this listed column. Flanked by lime trees, the Column of Victory was built by Lord Herbert to commemorate the first Duke’s victory at the Battle of Blenheim.
Designed by the famous landscape architect, Capability Brown, in the 1760s, the Cascades is a famous feature near the water and is a charming sight to take in whilst enjoying a bite to eat.
Temple of Flora
Tucking into a picnic near the Temple of Flora, this Grade II listed building will grant you views over the vast Great Lake with a nearby walk to the Rose Garden.
There are several places to enjoy food and drink or to grab your picnic essentials around Blenheim Palace, including The Oxfordshire Pantry, Clementine’s on the Lawn, The Stables Café, The Walled Garden Pizzeria, and the Snack Shack in the all-new Adventure Play attraction. Much of the produce is locally sourced and often features fresh fruit and vegetables from Blenheim Palace’s own kitchen garden.
You will need a valid Annual Pass, Privilege Pass or Park and Gardens ticket and booking in advance is advised. What’s more, when you travel to Blenheim Palace via public transport, bicycle or fully electric car, you are eligible for a 30% discount off your Annual Pass or Palace, Park and Gardens day ticket (this discount is not valid for Privilege Pass or Park and Gardens tickets). Use the code GREEN30 for a discount during online checkout and show your proof of travel by bus, train or bike on arrival.
Plan your picnic and book tickets here, blenheimpalace.com/tickets-booking.