Adventures in the UK Day 5 – Blenheim Palace

Today we enjoyed another trip back in time.

Blenheim Palace

In all the years I’ve been visiting England, I never visited this one, so I made sure to put it on our itinerary for this summer. Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Winston Churchill and the home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough.

First impressions: This place is massive! And beautiful. Look at that courtyard and entrance!

Blenhim PalaceIt’s impossible to capture it all in one photo.

Blenheim PalaceWhen you first go inside the main entrance you can do a self tour and wander around or follow a 40-minute or so structured tour. I recommend the structured tour first because it gives you a lot of interesting history from the 1st Duke of Marlborough up to the present through the use of video, recordings, and life-size animatronic figures.

Once you’re done with that, then walk around the rest of the house on your own. Having been on the tour, we felt we knew a lot more about what we were looking at as we wandered the house. Most impressive: the huge dining room where the present duke celebrates Christmas dinner. It can seat up to 40!

As part of the self-guided part, there is a specialized exhibit dedicated to Winston Churchill. Very informative. Don’t miss it.

Family Crests for Churchill and SpencerOutside the palace the grounds are extensive.

We only had time to see a few garden features before our feet said, “Please, no more walking!” but what we did see was fabulous. Below is shot of the fountains next to the on-site cafe where we had lunch.

Fountains outside Blenheiim palaceAfter lunch we walked to the maze. It’s a small maze so took us only about 15 minutes to find our way out, but it was fun.

Near the maze was a pretty little garden that contained a butterfly house. It was as hot and humid as the tropics inside the house, but the butterflies and flowers were plentiful.

Brown and White Butterfly on a flowerHibiscus Flower inside the butterfly houseTomorrow we’re off to one of the most well-known English landmarks. Can you guess which one it is?

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