Blen­heim Palace — A Trea­sured Des­ti­na­tion

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Recog­nised as a World Her­itage Site, with more than 300 years of his­tory, Blen­heim Palace in the Ox­ford­shire vil­lage of Wood­stock is one of Eng­land’s most im­pres­sive trea­sure houses as well as the birth­place of the coun­try’s great­est prime min­is­ter, Sir Win­ston Churchill.

The palace, which was de­signed for the 1st Duke of Marl­bor­ough by Sir John Van­brugh, was built to cel­e­brate the Al­lied vic­tory over the French and Bavar­i­ans at the Bat­tle of Blen­heim in 1704. It is a supreme ex­am­ple of Baroque ar­chi­tec­ture and is sur­rounded by a 2,000-acre park­land de­signed by Ca­pa­bil­ity Brown.

A visit to Blen­heim is a fas­ci­nat­ing jour­ney through three cen­turies of his­tory. In­side there is the chance to dis­cover ex­cit­ing con­tem­po­rary art­works, ta­pes­tries and learn all about the life of the fam­ily, the staff and the his­tory of the Palace to­gether with the mil­i­tary vic­tory which led to its con­struc­tion.

In the Long Li­brary vis­i­tors will see more than 10,000 books in­clud­ing many first edi­tions and rare finds. At 183 feet long, the li­brary is the se­cond long­est room in a pri­vate house in the coun­try.

The spe­cial Win­ston Churchill Ex­hi­bi­tion be­gins in the very room in which the fu­ture prime min­is­ter was born and in­cludes many pho­to­graphs, letters, arte­facts and treasures pro­vid­ing a de­tailed and im­mer­sive look at the great Bri­ton’s life.

To find out open­ing times and vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion go to: www.blenheim­ .

Blen­heim Palace is a mem­ber of the Trea­sure Houses of Eng­land, 10 of the most mag­nif­i­cent palaces, stately homes and cas­tles in Eng­land. More de­tails about the other sites can be found at: www.trea­sure­ .

The mag­nif­i­cent Saloon, with its op­u­lent walls and ceil­ing, at Blen­heim Palace in Ox­ford­shire. The an­ces­tral home of the Dukes of Marl­bor­ough is a World Her­itage Site and well worth a visit.

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