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Monday, December 6, 2010

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built between 1705 and 1724. The palace was originally conceived as a gift from a grateful nation to John Churchill, the first Duke Of Marlborough, for his victory over the French and Bavarians at the Battle of Blenheim.

The palace is also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Blenheim Palace was constructed in the short-lived English Baroque style. The palace is surrounded by 2100 acres of parkland.

Blenheim Palace
The formal gardens at Blenheim Palace include the lovely water garden seen below. Other gardens include The Italian Garden (no access), The Secret Garden, The Rose Gardens and The Pleasure Gardens.

Blenheim Palace
Visitors to Blenheim Palace can use the free train service (see below) to move between the main entrance to the palace and The Pleasure Gardens.

Blenheim Palace
One element of The Pleasure Gardens is a butterfly house where the visitor may have a close encounter with the inhabitants.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is located just off the A44 in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. The palace is open daily until 31 Oct. and then from Wednesday to Sunday between 3 Nov. and 12 Dec. in 2010. Visitors to Blenheim Palace may also want to visit nearby Burford, Christ Church College or Christ Church Cathedral.

Blenheim Palace map
Blenheim Palace
Woodstock, Oxfordshire
OX20 1PX
Tel: 01993 811091

© 2010 John Westby

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