Blenheim Palace

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Oxfordshire, Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom

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Oxfordshire site of historical and popular culture interest Jul 09, 2012
Blenheim Palace is a surprisingly beautiful and interesting day trip from Oxford. It is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, and the birthplace of Winston Churchill. It was also the shooting location for a number of films, including Kubrick's Barry Lyndon and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. In 1989 it was dressed convincingly as the Berlin site of a Nazi book burning rally in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Entrance to the Palace and gardens is quite expensive, but the ticket can be used as many times as you like in a year - which is only useful if you live reasonably close and are not visiting from another country.

Unfortunately, taking photos inside the palace is forbidden (got to sell those gift shop postcards!). There are 2,000 acres of parkland surrounding the palace. If you decide to go for a wander, I recommend taking an umbrella. I also recommend the clotted cream fudge. You can find it in the gift shop.
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They spent a lot of money to set this up. Apr 12, 2011
A quick bus from Oxford brings you to the current Duke of Marlborough's residence. If you do take the bus there is a rather long walk to get to the Palace itself, or if you drive you drive 3/4 of the way up the drive and can take a miniature train the rest of the way.

When I went in July 2010 the cost was 18 pounds; a little steep for my taste, but the guided tour was quite good. And you may go through the palace with a tour or by yourself as many times as you want.

For the history buff, Winston Churchill was born here and several rooms are dedicated to his life. The rooms are entirely furnished and I would guess the tour allows you to cover about 2/3rds of the building. My favorite was the Vanderbilt heiress who was forced to marry into this family and referred to her to sons as the Heir and the Spare.

Yet another section of the house contained a half hour Walt Disney feeling robotics display telling some of the more sordid family secrets. And for those who got super jealous of Beauty and the Beast's library, you are in for a great experience at the end of the tour!

In addition to the Palace itself, the grounds are extensive. In addition to several great walk, a rose garden, a secret garden, and a lake, there is a children's section with several games and a hedge maze for the children at heart.

All in all, if you've got a little spare cash, I would recommend Blenheim Palace and the nearby city of Woodstock.
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Blenheim Palace - Sir Winston Churchill's birthplace Jun 13, 2005
Blenheim Palace and its 2100 acres is home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough and also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. With over three hundred years of history it contains some amazing artistic works and furniture as well as treasures and examples of superb craftsmanship.

Like so many other Palaces and Castles, photographs are not allowed inside. The gift shop does give you a chance to purchase a nice book that includes interior photos.

This is one fine example of wonderful Palace, and the fountains and gardens are magnificent. Sprawling over such a large area, well maintained and crisply cut and cleaned daily this is the way English gardens should look.

And the whole way through I kept thinking that if only I had been born as the Duke’s son this would all be mine. :)

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