Nocturne Live takes place at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP.
BUSES AROUND OXFORD
The local bus service is the most sustainable way to reach Blenheim Palace from the Oxford and Kidlington areas.
Arrival / Return Tickets
To get to Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace there are two Stagecoach services, each operating up to every 30 minutes to the Blenheim Gates, hop on when you want to:
- From Oxford Rail Station – catch the Stagecoach S3 from Stand R5 (45 mins journey time)
- From Oxford City Centre – catch the Stagecoach S3 from Magdalen Street, Stand C4 (33 mins journey time) OR
- Stagecoach 7 from Magdalen Street, Stand C4 (42 mins journey time)
- From Oxford Parkway Station - catch the Stagecoach S3 from Stand E (24 mins journey time)
You can buy return tickets in advance in the "extras" section of the ticket page for the show you are attending (£13 return plus transaction fee), or on the day from the driver (£15 return)
Event Shuttle After Concert
After the concert you will be able to get the Nocturne Shuttle back to Kidlington, Oxford Parkway, Pear Tree Park and Ride, Summertown Shops, Oxford City Centre or Oxford Rail Station. The last bus will depart 30 mins after the concert finishes.
If you don’t have a pre-paid return ticket you can also take the Event Shuttle Service from the Blenheim grounds at the end of the evening.
Tickets will be available to buy on the bus (£10 single).
After the concert, each bus will leave as soon they are full. The last bus will depart 30 mins after the concert finishes. The shuttle will stop at Kidlington, Oxford Parkway, Pear Tree Park and Ride, Summertown Shops, Oxford City Centre and Oxford Rail Station.
All buses are wheelchair accessible.
The nearest train stations are Oxford and Oxford Parkway. Trains run regularly to Oxford Station from London Paddington, and to Oxford Parkway from Marylebone.
Trains from Oxford station to London run at 23:16, 00:11, 00:45 on weekdays and 22:36, 23:05 and 23:10 on Saturdays (please check with train provider before travelling).
The Stagecoach Nocturne Shuttle ticket will be running to and from Oxford and Oxford Parkway Stations, details of which can be found above.
We recommend that you consider all travel options before making your plans for getting to Blenheim Palace. We work closely with local bus operators to offer alternatives to driving.
Blenheim Palace is located eight miles north-west of Oxford and is signposted from junction 9 of the M40. As soon as you see Nocturne Live directional road signs, switch off your Sat Nav and follow the relevant signage.
If you are arriving from north of Blenheim Palace you should arrive via B4437 / Stonefield Straight, OX20 1HD.
If you are arriving from Oxford and south of Blenheim Palace you should arrive via A44 / Oxford Street, OX20 1PP.
Once you have entered the palace grounds, a 20 mph speed limit applies in all parts of the estate.
Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage site and its infrastructure was not designed for a large number of cars to depart simultaneously at the end of a concert. There are three main exit roads that lead to a common main road which, despite our best efforts, can become congested at peak times. Therefore, we ask for your patience when leaving the site.
Onsite parking is available. Advance parking tickets are available in the "extras" section of the ticket page for the show you are attending for £9 plus a transaction fee. If you don't purchase parking in advance in advance, you can pay £11 (card only) when you arrive.
The Green car park, which is accessible via B4437 / Stonefield Straight, OX20 1HD (this is an alternative event-only entrance to the palace grounds and not the main entrance to Blenheim Palace). The Green carpark is only a short walk from the Nocturne Live Concert Area, passing location of the iconic Harry Potter tree at Blenheim Palace.
The Yellow car park is accessed from the main entrance of Blenheim Palace on the A44 / Oxford Street, OX20 1PP.
Yellow car park tends to be busier and you may wish to park in Green Car Park for a speedier exit.
If you are travelling from the south, carry on past Woodstock and follow signage to the Green car park.
Please note, there is strictly no overnight parking in either car park.
We provide an area for cyclists to lock up their bikes at the entrance to the Palace. Please note, these are left at your own risk.
If you require a taxi, we recommend you pre-book with Royal Cars (01865 777 333) to get you to and from Blenheim Palace.
PICK-UP & DROP OFF
If you are being dropped off before the concert or picked up after, please tell the driver to follow signs to the Pick Up/Drop Off area. This will be clearly signposted and is situated a short walk from the South Carpark Entrance.