Blenheim Palace

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Blenheim Palace Reviews

joseph98 joseph98
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English Country Estate at its very best! Jun 25, 2017
Grand, stately Blenheim Palace stands out as one of the very best of its kind, in a country renowned the world over for its grand, stately, manors, mansions and, yes, palaces. An opulent, baroque masterpiece, it is the only non-royal, non-episcopal residence in the land (a Duke resides here, not a King, Queen or Bishop) bestowed with a palatial moniker. Fitting, then, that it can also boast UNESCO World Heritage status.

Originally intended as a gift for the Duke of Marlborough, as reward for his victory in the significant 1704 Battle of Blenheim of the Spanish War of Succession, the palace has survived fluctuating fortunes to be the major draw it is today. Now on to its 12th Duke as its lord and master, Blenheim Palace fulfils every Downton-esque fantasy you may have. However, even if that’s not normally your bag, it’s definitely worth a visit for the sheer abundance of cultural riches that are on offer here.

The grandeur of the edifice is impressive enough, and there are plenty of photogenic views both within the grounds of the palace and in the extensive gardens around (more on these later). However, don’t opt to skimp on the admittedly very expensive ticket that gains you access to the inside of the palace, as the unrestrained extravagance of the palace interiors are a definite highlight.

The lavish decoration of the ground floor rooms scream luxury, with a series of magnificently furnished rooms all given over to a different, dominant colour scheme. A central chamber covered with a litany of artwork and frescoes then leads on to the red-carpeted long room, where a magnificent statue of Queen Anne oversees an extensive library, complete with museum pieces such as authentic period robes, whilst a grand organ faces her down from the other end. Also on the ground floor is a mini-exhibit given over to the life of one Winston Churchill, who was famously born at the palace in the late 19th Century.

Less successful and impressive is the slightly cheesy ‘virtual tour’ on the first floor, in which the lady in waiting of the first Duchess takes you on a journey through the history of Blenheim Palace, from its origins to the present day. It’s a bit tacky because she plays the role of a befuddled time traveller as she meets various historical figures; I’m guessing this was done to make it more accessible for kids. Still, it is just about worth doing as interesting tidbits and trivia – such as how the Duchess in residence at the time of World War II actually worked as a subordinate to the Palace Butler in a factory – are on hand. There’s also an excellent room you can go through at your own pace with touch screens on the Battle of Blenheim itself.

The palace in itself is great to visit, but the Gardens – primarily sculpted by the legendary landscape artist ‘Capability’ Brown – definitely help further elevate this place as an attraction. The formal gardens - with their well-manicured hedge arrangements, classical-influenced statues and spouting water fountains – are just the start, as there are extensive, leafy, lush acres of land to explore. Do be sure to check out the Column of Victory, a Nelson’s Column-style statue of the Duke, and the clearest tribute on site of his military success. The tiny writing scrawled around all sides of the base of the plinth is something I don’t recommend you read though!

Blenheim Palace is undoubtedly pricey (£24.90 for an adult for the palace and grounds at the time of writing), but it is very much worth a visit. It is easy to visit it from Oxford, with a bus dropping you outside the gates after an approximately 30 minutes journey. Just be sure to give it at least several hours, as you won’t be short of things to see and do here!
Exterior from garden
Exterior from the grounds
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six74 six74
19 reviews
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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41 reviews
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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