An impressive, monumental country house in Woodstock, near Oxford, Blenheim has been home to the Dukes of Marlborough for 300 years.
A gift from Queen Ann and a grateful nation to the heroic John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough and commander-in-chief during the War of Spanish Succession, his victories changed the political axis of Europe. Reminders of his victorious battles are depicted in the Flemish tapestries which hang in the state rooms. Each room is filled with splendid treasures and the visitor can discover the life of the Palace through the new hi-tech “Untold Story”.
Blenheim Palace was also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The exhibition which bears his name honours his life and achievements.
Today Blenheim Palace is a World Heritage Site. Its 18th century architect was Sir John Vanbrugh and the gardens and lake of the 2,500 acre estate, which annually is the setting for a variety of events, were designed by “Capability” Brown.