Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is a stately country house in Oxfordshire and is famous for the being the birth place of Winston Churchill.  I had been longing to visit for years, ever since I briefly studied architecture history at university, and so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stop in when we where driving by. 

The palace is open year-round and from 10:30am to 5:30pm and is a great family day out.  There is ample parking and this is included in the ticket price.  We arrived about 4:00pm and this allowed us time to wander around the house and gardens with enough time for snapping some pictures, but not much time for reading the notices inside.  If this is of interest to you I would allow additional time. 

The rooms are not as elaborate as Versailles but they certainly are impressive. 

My favourite was the library and the gorgeous hall complete with organ. 

As well as the house there are beautiful gardens to wander about.  Here is where, in my opinion, Blenheim Palace surpasses Versailles as I was mildly disappointed by the gardens there. 

The grounds are large but if you have time it is worthwhile wandering to the rose garden.  The smell as you approach is unbelievable and reminds me of when I was a child and would try to make rose perfume by soaking rose petals in water. 

Further details can be found on the official website. 

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