A visit to Blenheim Palace’s stunning Butterfly House should be on anyone’s to-do list before the end of autumn.

The ever-popular attraction underwent a huge transformation at the beginning of the year; alongside new technology to help monitor temperature, humidity and butterfly hatch rates, the Butterfly House has recently welcomed 38 new species of tropical butterflies. With new residents such as ‘Red Lacewing’, ‘Emerald Peacock’ and the stunning ‘Blue Wave’, the Butterfly House is filled with a myriad of bright and beautiful creatures.

The Butterfly House will close its doors for the 2023 season at the end of the October half term, and will open again in spring 2024. 

Surrounded by the Potager Garden and next to the Walled Garden and Adventure Play, it’s a must-see on a visit to ‘Britain’s Greatest Palace’.

To book tickets for Blenheim Palace and Gardens, including The Butterfly House, visit

About Blenheim Palace

Home to the Dukes of Marlborough since 1705, Blenheim Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987. 

Set in over 2,000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland and designed by

Vanbrugh in the Baroque style, it was financed by Queen Anne, on behalf of a grateful nation, following the first Duke of Marlborough’s triumph over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession.

Today it houses one of the most important and extensive collections in Europe, which includes portraits, furniture, sculpture and tapestries.

Blenheim Palace is also the birthplace of one of Britain’s most famous leaders, Sir Winston Churchill, and it was his father who described the vista on entering the Estate from the village of Woodstock as the ‘finest view in England’.

Blenheim Palace Gardens

  • Blenheim Palace’s Formal Gardens offer a treat for all the senses. Designed to delight throughout the centuries, they offer soothing seasonal sights, sounds, scents and sensations all year round and are spectacular in the summer.  
  • The Gardens are in a continuous state of change, now being finely curated by visionary new head gardener Andy Mills who is drawing on the Garden’s extensive heritage to bring rediscovered treasures to the fore for visitors. 
  • Created over the centuries by esteemed garden designers such as Henry Wise and Achille Duchêne, Blenheim Palace’s Formal Gardens capture different horticultural styles from across the ages. 
  • You can experience an extensive variety of features as you wander through the Gardens, including the magnificent and calming Water Terraces, the Duke’s Private Italian Garden, the tranquil Secret Garden with all of its hidden treasures, the Churchill Memorial Garden and the beautifully delicate Rose Garden, at its peak in the summer months.
  • There is also an accessible path down to the Formal Gardens from our West Courtyard, so that everyone can enjoy the stunning views across the gardens and lake. 
  • A Formal Gardens Audio Tour is the perfect way to learn more about the gardens as you explore them at your own pace.
  • The Gardens are open daily from 10am to 5.45pm
  • Tickets are £22.50 for the park and gardens, or for £35 you can buy a pass to the palace, park and gardens that is valid for a whole year, enabling return visits to fully immerse yourself in the gardens as they transform throughout the year.

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