Blenheim Palace is a classic example of the Baroque style of architecture.
It was the birthplace of Winston Churchill and is currently the home of the 11th Duke of Marlborough. The Blenheim Palace is built on a 2100-acre estate. The grounds are created parkland. The Blenheim Palace grounds contain formal gardens, large broad lawns, and even a lake.
History Of Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace was created in order to celebrate the British victory over France during the Spanish Succession wars. It was a gift to the Duke of Marlborough. Building was fraught with problems and John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, a great military leader during the 1700’s finished construction on his own dispute the palace being a gift from the crown. The style was typical of the times, grand and a sign of status.
The fourth Duke created the changes to the Park and Gardens along with the fifth Duke. Unfortunately, of these great changes only the rose garden remains. Blenheim Palace saw its greatest changes with the ninth Duke who created the formal gardens that are seen today. Restoration of the Great Court, entrance avenue and Grand Avenue as well as redecoration of the Staterooms were also his additions. Of all the Marlborough line however the most famously known is perhaps Sir Winston Churchill, Grandson of the seventh Duke. The 11th Duke who currently holds the title has ensured the restoration of the estate and gained the Blenheim Palace status as a world heritage site.
What To Do At Blenheim Palace
When visiting the Palace there are plenty of things to look at and do while you are there. The Palace has four shops. The first is the Flagstaff Gift shop, This shop includes a variety of gifts along with being situated in the old dairy for the estate. It even features the butter cooler.
The Ice Cream Parlour is located right next to the Gift shop. The shop has wine, ice cream, hot and cold beverages along with award winning foods. The Palace Chapel Book Shop is located next to the Chapel situated near the Great Court. There are a number of titles available and of course many relating to both the palace and the Spencer-Churchill family. The Pleasure Garden Shop offers gifts inspired by the beautiful park, gifts for children are included and it is located next to the Butterfly house. There are also wedding gifts, corporate gifts, and mail order service and gift baskets available as well.
Walk into the Palace and enjoy the awe of the Great Hall. The rooms are full of detail, there are awe-inspiring pieces mixed with truly delicate works. In addition to a number of furnished rooms, there are stonework, portraits, and other types of artwork. There are also porcelain and tapestry examples to be seen. There is also a Churchill exhibit on the estate.
The formal gardens consist of the Water Terraces, Rose Garden, Arboretum, Cascades and the Secret Garden. The Park and Walk contains the Grand Bridge, The Column of Victory. there is also a dry stonewall which is said to be the first park wall in England. There are Walks around the Palace as well as the entire Park, the Queen Pool, The lack and cascade, the Duke’s Gardens. There are also the Pleasure Gardens, which consist of the Maze and the butterfly house. There is also a playground and the area contains both a car park or it can be reached by train.
Tours are approximately every twenty minutes around the Palace itself. This varies and guided tours may not be available some days. There are usually guides however available in each room if tours are not available to assist. The Train runs every half hour.