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Location and travel

Information about where the Blenheim Palace Festival of Literature Film & Music is taking place and how you can get there.

The festival takes place at Blenheim Palace and in a variety of venues in the town centre of Woodstock. The town is eight miles north-west of Oxford on the A44 Evesham Road and approximately an hour’s drive from both London and Birmingham.

By road: From the south, leave the M40 at junction 8 and take the A40. After approximately nine miles, at the Pear Tree interchange, take the A44, signposted Evesham and Woodstock. From the north, leave the M40 at junction 9 and follow the A34 towards Oxford for approximately five miles. At the Pear Tree interchange, take the A44, signposted Evesham and Woodstock. To reach central Woodstock, use postcode OX20 1SL for internet searches or satellite navigation.

Parking: There is a public car park in Hensington Road. Parking is also available at Blenheim Palace during the festival (£3). However, parking is free for ticket holders to main Blenheim Palace festival talks on the day they take place. Access to the Blenheim Palace car park is through the Hensington Gate entrance on the A44. Parking is available from 9am to 5.30pm. (Please note: cars must leave Blenheim by 5.30pm). There is later parking for Palace ticket holders at evening events.

By rail: The nearest main line station is Oxford. Alternatively, Hanborough station is on the Cotswold Line with regular high-speed services from London Paddington and from Hereford and Worcester, and Oxford Parkway is on the Chiltern Line with regular services from London Marylebone. Taxis for connections between Hanborough/Oxford Parkway stations and Woodstock should be booked in advance.

By bus: The number S3 bus runs from the Oxford Bus Station to Woodstock at approximately 30-minute intervals. For details of times see website: