Blenheim Palace, the home of the Duke of Marlborough, is one of the largest and most splendid houses in the country. It was built in the early 18th century as a reward from Queen Anne to the first Duke of Marlborough for his victories in Europe over the forces of Louis XIV of France.
Blenheim was built in the baroque style by Sir John Vanburgh and is considered his masterpiece. The marvellous interior includes a lofty Great Hall, the majestic library and gilded staterooms. The superb collection includes fine paintings and furniture, bronzes and the famous Marlborough Victories tapestries.
Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim and the five room Churchill Exhibition includes his birth room. His simple grave in the churchyard at Bladon is just one mile away.
The palace grounds were superbly landscaped by Capability Brown, dating from 1864.
The Pleasure Gardens complex has recently been developed and includes a maze, herb gardens, the Butterfly House, Putting Greens and an Adventure Playground. A miniature railway connects the Palace to the Pleasure Gardens.