Of England’s many superb castles and country estates, Blenheim Palace ranks near the top of most lists.
Nestled into the Oxfordshire countryside just a few miles from Oxford, this 18th century baroque
mansion welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Most spend at least a half day wandering through
the palace and exploring the extensive grounds prepared in the classic English landscape style, replete
with rose gardens, ponds and extensive pathways through undulating forests.
A major attraction is the Churchill family connection. The grounds upon which the estate was built were
awarded by the English Crown to John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, as a reward for his military
prowess during the War of Spanish Succession, including the Battle of Blenheim (1704) fought near the
village of Blindheim in Bavaria. Three centuries later Sir Winston was indeed born here, and his life is
commemorated through an extensive exhibit inside the Palace.
Blenheim (pronounced “Blen’m”) is conveniently reached by bus from the central station in Oxford.
Extensive parking is available at the site. Tearooms in the charming village of Woodstock nearby present
an excellent occasion for late afternoon snacks after several hours of walking around the estate.
For more information about things to do in Oxfordshire, contact: www.experience.oxfordshire.org
Experience Oxfordshire is a Destination Management Organisation (DMO) committed to the promotion,
management and development of Oxfordshire. The not-for-profit partnership includes businesses from
all parts of the visitor economy including tourism, culture and business.
Report by Jerry Nemanic, Jetsetters Magazine Leisure Editor. Photos by Todd Nemanic.