Days Out: Blenheim Palace


Fellow Londoners, I think I discovered the perfect day out if you love history, fresh air, rolling green fields and tranquil lakes. I personally feel like I need to get away from London every few weeks or so just to get off the treadmill every once in a while.

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Located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire (a short drive from Oxford) Blenheim Palace has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987. It is home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, evidence of which can be seen in the Churchill exhibition located inside the palace.

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Set across 2000 acres of landscaped parkland, it’s most important claim to history however is that it was a gift from Queen Anne and her grateful nation to the 1st Duke following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. The Palace interiors are amazing. I’m not extremely fond of looking through rooms just because they are stately or historical, but these ones were just the right mix of awe-inspiring and accessible.

 

BP9 BP8 BP10 The grounds are also the perfect place for various stages of romance…

The Temple of Diana

The Temple of Diana

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Winston Churchill proposed to Clementine Hozier in this temple on the 11th of August 1908, the plaque informs

Romance Blenheim

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But it is the Splendour and tranquility of the 2000 acres of greenery and the formal gardens that will keep me going back time after time.

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Luckily, you get 12 months free (an annual pass) if you buy a day pass.

PS: Not a fan of the various dances on offer.

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Comments

  1. I feel the same, Cynthia. Sometimes you just need to get away from the chaos of the Big Smoke. Blenheim sounds like a super suggestion – thanks.

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