A magnificent stately home

Capability Brown, Sir Winston Churchill and Peter Pan are all in evidence at Blenheim Palace, which is surely one of Britain’s most photographed homes.

 

It’s probably also fair to say that Blenheim Palace is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. On the weekend we visited it was thronged with people from the United States, Japan, China and Europe, all enjoying the sun and history that the house has to offer.  There was even a game of cricket taking place on the lawn – how typically English!

There are many highlights of course and one is certainly the the breathtaking gardens and landscaping, which gives us the Capability Brown link. Unfortunately, we just missed a special expedition highlighting his work, it having finished a few days before we visited.

There is however, still plenty to see and learn about Sir Winston Churchill who was born at Blenheim when his mother went into labour early. His links to the house where his grandparents lived feature strongly.

Churchill is also buried close by in the village of Bladon. We took a walk up to St Martin’s church to see his monument in the churchyard.  It was nice to see that people still come from around the world to pay their respects.

There’s enough to keep you going at Blenheim Palace for at least a couple of days. On this visit we also discovered the children’s play area, complete with Peter Pan statue, a butterfly house and a maze. We didn’t attempt the maze this time but I’m sure we will return again, especially as the price of admission can be upgraded to a yearly pass free of charge.

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