A world heritage site often referred to as Britain’s greatest palace, Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. Yet this grand 18th century building, with its opulent state rooms and artworks, is far from stuffy.
Surrounded by pleasure gardens, rambling tracks, miniature trains and picnic sites, it’s a great place for a family outing. Children can follow the ghostly figure of Grace the housemaid, as she wends her way through the Palace on a virtual tour, revealing true family stories and secrets. Touch screens and talking portraits bring these little-known dramas to vivid life.
The 2,000 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parklands hold a stunningly beautiful lake and formal gardens. A narrow-gauge railway links the Palace with its Pleasure Gardens, where children will delight in the hedge maze, tropical butterfly house and adventure playground. The train is named after Sir Winston Churchill, the famous wartime Prime Minister born at Blenheim Palace.
”At Blenheim I took two very important decisions; to be born and to marry. I am content with the decision I took on both occasions.”
Sir Winston Churchill
Discover the huge, elderly Cedar tree beside the lake, now known as the Harry Potter Tree. This featured in the flashback scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and is part of the Blenheim Palace Tree Trail.
Whatever the time of year, you will find fun events – craft fairs, concerts, marathons, food and literary festivals, Battle Proms, horse trials and jousting, to name but a few.