One of the most popular destinations in the Cotswolds is Blenheim Palace, often crowned as one of Britain’s most beautiful and unusual buildings. This vast, English Baroque style building was erected in 1705 by the Duke of Marlborough and became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. Set in 2,000 acres of glorious gardens designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown, Blenheim Palace is a must-visit in any weather.
The palace itself is lavishly decorated, and visitors are welcome to explore the palatial rooms or have a guided tour of the state rooms. Blenheim is most famous for being the birthplace and home of Winston Churchill, and a permanent exhibition and special guided tours about Churchill’s life in the palace will tell you everything you wanted to know about the great man’s connection to Blenheim.
There is enough to do at Blenheim for a whole day out, and children’s activities are held during the school holidays. The huge grounds regularly hold exclusive events, such as jousting tournaments, antiques fairs, flower shows, jazz concerts and motor enthusiast shows.
Blenheim palaces’ beautiful grounds are the perfect spot for a family picnic, but there’s also plenty of choice of bites to eat on-site, from light bite cafes to full dining experiences. The palace even has a champagne bar if you’re in the mood to celebrate.
The palace is surrounded by formal gardens and woods, lakes and rivers further afield for those who like to explore the outdoors. Coarse fishing is also available on the lake for a truly unique fishing experience.
Blenheim Palace also includes one of the UKs biggest mazes, a butterfly house, a lavender garden and plenty of interesting exhibitions about the palace and its colourful history. Most of these are accessed through a ‘miniature railway’ that runs around the grounds, which is a huge hit with children.
The palace is also a popular location for film and television, having been recently featured in Gulliver’s Travels and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Tours about the palaces’ history in film in television history are available.
Blenheim Palace is a perfect day out, with plenty to see and do indoors and outdoors. Check their events calendar to see what is happening around your visit to the Cotswolds