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Blenheim palace

Blenheim Palace is the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. This National Treasure houses some of the finest antique collections in Europe and boasts over 300 years of history to discover.

Blenheim Palace is the only non-royal non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace, one of England’s largest houses, was built between 1705 and circa 1722. It is a truly remarkable venue and should provide the perfect backdrop to BBC Countryfile Live.

Blenheim Palace was built in the early 18th Century to celebrate a magnificent victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession.

It was specifically built as a gift to the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, the military commander who led the Allied forces in the Battle of Blenheim on 13th August 1704. Following the battle, Marlborough himself received the surrender from Marshal Tallard, leader of the French forces, following the battle.

To honour the Duke’s heroic victories, Queen Anne granted him the ruined Royal Manor of Woodstock, along with £240,000 with which to build a house to commemorate his achievements…

How do I get to Blenheim Palace?

Full details on best travel arrangements can be viewed at Blenheim Palace’s website here.

Venue access information

Blenheim Palace and its parks and gardens are all fully accessible; however, because this is natural site with uneven ground, a variety of ground surfaces, slopes and a large event area, we strongly recommend that an able-bodied personal assistant accompany those who require assistance.