Clouds Over Blenheim

Some weekends are meant for fleeing London and seeking out Saturday Sights in the British countryside…

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Less than two hours outside of London you’ll find a sight that’s very familiar if you’re a fan of historical movies…or James Bond.

Blenheim Palace has graced the silver screen in movies including The Duchess, Spectre, Mission: Impossible – Rogue NationThe Young Victoria, Cinderella and it stands in as Buckingham Palace in TV show The Royals.

What the palace is most famous for, however, is the fact that it was the birthplace of one Mr Winston Churchill.

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Built in the early 18th century, the palace was meant as a symbol of celebration to mark victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession. It was gifted to the 1st Duke of Marlborough (John Churchill) by Queen Anne to honour his heroic victories in the conflict.

 

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Its scale and grandeur immediately reminded me of Versailles and it was fun to explore a British equivalent of the famous Chateau.

The current Duke of Marlborough (the 12th) lives in the palace with his family but large parts are open for public viewing. Touring the interior is a memorable experience…primarily because it’s led by a series of voice recordings and animated wax figures which guide you through the rooms. Odd and fascinating in equal measure!

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There are also extensive grounds to explore which mean you could easily turn the visit into a full-day event.

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A walk around the park perimeter is a must (and will take you less than two hours overall) and will allow you the opportunity to meet some of Blenheim’s friendly, furry residents!

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If you’re hungry or thirsty after skipping through the hills and chasing sheep for selfies, you’ll want to head back to the palace to sit down in one of their many cafes or grab something to go in their fully-stocked gift shop.

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Even under dull, grey skies the palace is beautiful and well worth a visit.

But then, as the Blonde in Grey, I see nothing but beauty in these kinds of conditions so might be a bit biased 😉

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