Blenheim Palace — A Treasured Destination
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.blenheimpalace.com .
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.treasurehouses.co.uk .
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.