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Blenheim Palace, England

In Great Britain, among the historical houses The Blenheim Palace is situated eight miles north west of Oxford, close to Woodstock, within the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. The Palace and Formal Gardens open on 11th February 2006.

In 1705, The Blanheim Palace, conceived by Sir John Vanbrugh and finished in 1722 is a masterpiece of English baroque architecture. From the vastness of the Great Hall to the intricate detailing in the State Rooms, the Palace interiors beautifully balance the delicate with the awe-inspiring. Guided tours run throughout most of the season, with enlightening facts on the people, history and events that shaped the Palace. The walls are decorated with beautiful portraits and a fascinating collection of tapestries commissioned by John Churchill 1st Duke of Marlborough. An exquisite collection of Boulle furniture graces the Third State Room, which leads, in turn, to the timeless sophistication of the Long Library.

Blenheim is also famous as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Visit the rooms where he was born in 1874 and gain a fascinating insight into the life of our most beloved leader.

The finery and harmony of 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland and the Formal Gardens is unrivalled in Britain. From the Secret Garden, Water Terraces and Rose Garden to the Grand Cascade and lake fringed by majestic oaks, maples and chestnuts, the magnificent vista changes with the seasons. Walks of between 45 minutes and 1 ½ hours allow you to fully appreciate the beauty of the beauty of the Palace within its awe-inspiring surroundings.

Blenheim Palace and Park was fashioned as a World Heritage site in 1987. The Blenheim Palace is home to 11th Duke of Marlborough and his family. The palace will be open all year, it celebrates the military achievements of John and Winston Churchill and describes the inspiration that Winston Churchill received from his hero and ancestor.