Adventures in the UK Day 5 – Blenheim Palace
Today we enjoyed another trip back in time.
In all the years I’ve been visiting England, I never visited this one, so I made sure to put it on our itinerary for this summer. Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Winston Churchill and the home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough.
First impressions: This place is massive! And beautiful. Look at that courtyard and entrance!
When you first go inside the main entrance you can do a self tour and wander around or follow a 40-minute or so structured tour. I recommend the structured tour first because it gives you a lot of interesting history from the 1st Duke of Marlborough up to the present through the use of video, recordings, and life-size animatronic figures.
Once you’re done with that, then walk around the rest of the house on your own. Having been on the tour, we felt we knew a lot more about what we were looking at as we wandered the house. Most impressive: the huge dining room where the present duke celebrates Christmas dinner. It can seat up to 40!
As part of the self-guided part, there is a specialized exhibit dedicated to Winston Churchill. Very informative. Don’t miss it.
We only had time to see a few garden features before our feet said, “Please, no more walking!” but what we did see was fabulous. Below is shot of the fountains next to the on-site cafe where we had lunch.