Blenheim Palace was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1987 based on its architectural importance, both of the palace itself and the landscapes park designed by the famous ‘Capability’ Brown. The palace is home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough and was birthplace of Winston Churchill. Designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and built between 1705 and 1722 in the short lived English baroque style, Blenheim is one of the largest houses in the England today.
In 1704 The 1st Duke of Marlborough defeated the French at the Battle of Blenheim, and following this Queen Anne gave him the manor of Woodstock and Blenheim palace was built as a gift of gratitude.
The palace does not permit photography inside the buildings, however the BBC has produced a great tour of the palace, here, for those who wish to view the interior.Both the palace and grounds are magnificent, and over 2100 acres there is a great deal to explore.
- You can find out more about this heritage site on the UNESCO website here.
- You can view more images from my trip to Blenheim Palace on Flickr here.
The remainder of this post will show you some of the highlights from my trip to Blenheim.