A large, stately home in Oxfordshire, Blenheim Palace has an illustrious history. The seat of the Duke of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace is one of England’s largest houses. It is often touted as England’s Versailles. It is particularly unique because of its intersection as a family home, national monument, and mausoleum. The Duke of Marlborough’s family still resides here for part of the year, lending a truly intimate feel to this imposing palace.

Once you enter the house, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, take a guided tour to explore one of England’s greatest treasures. Admire the intricate carvings that occupy the house, as well as the tapestries and paintings that are displayed throughout. Make sure to glance up during your visit and admire the hand-painted ceilings in many of the rooms.

Enjoy the Churchill Exhibition, which gives insight into the ‘Greatest Briton’ that ever lived. The exhibition includes photographs and personal letters, and is made all the more personal by the fact that Blenheim was Winston Churchill’s birthplace. The house tells a story of two great leaders – Winston Churchill, and his idol, the 1st Duke of Marlborough.
When you walk through the gates to Blenheim, take a moment to admire the grounds. With far-reaching lawns and award-winning formal gardens, the surrounding greenery is nearly as impressive as Blenheim itself. Tease your senses in the lavender gardens and the orangery. Children will enjoy the playground with a miniature train in the Pleasure Gardens, while adults can explore the grand Marlborough Hedge Maze and the Butterfly House.

 

A44 – Evesham Road, OX20 1PX
Tel: 01993 811091
Times: early February to early November, open daily
mid-November to mid-December, open Wednesday – Sunday