Castles and palaces are excellent tourist attractions anywhere in the world, and if they are also located in exceptional landscapes such as those you can find in the United Kingdom, the combination is perfect. Today I would like to recommend a visit to Blenheim Palace, which is 5 kilometers from Oxford, In England.
Located opposite a romantic park, the palace was a gift from Queen Anne to the duke of marlborough as a reward for military victories against France, especially for the Battle of Blenheim. It is an eclectic style palace, undoubtedly the most characteristic of its architecture, and is the perfect example of what was a real house in the XVIII century. In 1987 it was declared a World Heritage Site thanks to its architectural importance and the landscape in which it is integrated.
The main interest of this palace is the authenticity of its character, purely national and which highlights the triumphs of the English armies over the French, something that undoubtedly marked the history of that country. Depending on how much or little you like the architecture and the landscape, you can see it in an hour or be there all day long as there are several routes so as not to miss the most interesting detail and that you can choose what you most want to discover.
Inside you can highlight the State Halls, in which you can see a great variety of portraits, tapestries, porcelains, furniture and decorative elements from that time. There is an exhibition about Winston Churchill, who was born in that castle and whose history is reviewed in the room in which he came into the world. Outside, you can also take a tour of the gardens to end the day in a relaxed way and enjoy the good weather on one of its terraces.
A Walk Through Blenheim Palace (September 2020)
- Oxford, Palaces