UNESCO World Heritage site
The Blenheim Palace, built in the early 1700s, is a splendid example of Baroque architecture and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Thanks to its unique identity as a monument, a grand family home to the Dukes of Marlborough for over 300 years and as a museum.
The Palace and its grounds
The Palace is set within a sprawling 2000 acres which boasts immaculately manicured gardens, cascading streams, ancient oak trees, a Column of Victory and the 300-year old Grand Bridge. The Palace’s formal gardens are astonishingly beautiful including the Water Terraces, the Italian Garden, the Secret Garden, the Rose Garden, the Churchill Memorial Garden and even has the magical Roundel, a fountain surrounded by tranquil greenery.
A miniature train takes visitors round the Palace’s Pleasure Gardens – the Hedge Maze, Butterfly House, Adventure Playground and the Lavender Garden.
Fans of art and culture will find several historic and artistic treasures within the Palace walls. Visitors can choose to go on guided tours of the Palace State Rooms and visit the Churchill Exhibition. Buggy Tours are also available of the Palace grounds including the Queen Pool and other key highlights.
And yes, the Orangery Restaurant serves a fabulous classic Afternoon Tea to round off your charming day at the English countryside.