Blenheim Palace 10th November 2016
When you first see the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and the home of the current (12th) Duke of Marlborough you may be forgiven for thinking you have walked into the pages of Jane Austen novel. Blenheim Palace stands majestically square and tall, like a soldier, against the horizon. Surrounded on all sides by fabulous gardens and grounds that you could spend days exploring before even stepping foot inside the ornate English Baroque palace.
We had a great time at Blenheim Palace strolling, running and even playing in the large grounds and taking in the autumn colours of the trees and plants. There was just so much to see that we couldn’t see it all but luckily we discovered that your entry ticket can be turned into an annual pass and what’s even better, for free!
Inside the Palace it was a just as expected. Regal and almost imposing as we moved through the grand spaces taking in vivid frescos and antique furniture. On hand in each room was a knowledgeable and very well spoken guide to tell you some of this history and what was happening in the Palace.
The Marlborough family and team at Blenheim like to offer support to the arts and during this trip we were treated to some interesting and conversational art works, from Michelangelo Pistoletto, throughout the grand palace and grounds. This included statues buried in washing, a hall of photo adorned mirrors and a gold car sunk in the water terraces.
Just outside the house you can take a miniature train ride, always popular with Champ, over to the pleasure gardens. A special area designed with the young in mind including a hedge maze, two play parks, a butterfly farm and a miniature village. The kids loved this space and we had fun too running around with them and laughing loudly.