Home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a World Heritage Site.
Blenheim Palace was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Visit the gilded State Rooms, which house one of the finest collections in Europe, and the fascinating visitor experience, ‘Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story’. The Churchill Exhibition includes the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born 1874.
Situated in Woodstock, just 8 miles from Oxford, Blenheim Palace is surrounded by over 2,000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland, the great lake, and beautiful formal gardens, offering an unforgettable day out for all. We look forward to welcoming you to Britain’s Greatest Palace.
Blenheim Palace opens for the new season on 9th February 2013.
Whether you’re here to soak up the culture, join one of our events or simply take some time out, we can help you plan your perfect day.
A series of fascinating talks and tours, covering everything from the art collection and garden design, to the history of the House and the Rothschilds’ wine-making heritage. There are also plenty of activities for the children to enjoy, as well as a selection of shops, cafés and restaurants for you to recharge your batteries.
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
Born in Besançon, France in 1949, Raymond Blanc is acknowledged as one of the finest chefs in the world. His exquisite cooking has received tributes from every national and international guide to culinary excellence. Raymond arrived in England in 1972 to work as a waiter at the Rose Revived Restaurant near Witney. When the chef became ill, he took over and two years later, the restaurant gained entry into the Michelin Guide.
It was in 1984, however, that he fulfilled a personal vision, creating an hotel and restaurant in harmony when he opened Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Great Milton, Oxford. Le Manoir is the only country house hotel in the UK to achieve and sustain two Michelin Stars and the Relais and Chateaux Purple Shield.
Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years.
Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. Still with its ancient University, but home also to a growing hi-tech community.
its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty for both the tourists and residents to do. Whether its visiting one of the many historic buildings, colleges or museums. going out for a drink or a meal, taking in a show or a shopping till you drop, Oxford has it all and oxfordcity.co.uk will help you find it.
An area of autstanding natural beauty
The Chiltern Hills stretch from the River Thames in Oxfordshire to Hitchin in Hertfordshire and are nationally-protected as some of the finest countryside in the UK. They're a fantastic place to explore all year round.
It is best known as the home of the British Grand Prix, which it first hosted in 1948 and which has been held on the circuit every year since 1987. The circuit is also home to the BRDC International Trophy formerly one of the premier non-Championship F1 races in the calendar, today awarded to the winner of a race for historic F1 cars at the annualSilverstone Classic meeting.
Bicester Outlet Village
The Bicester Village outlet shopping centre houses approximately 130 stores, encompassing a wide range of product categories.
Bicester Village is visited annually by more than 3 million customers. It is now established as an international tourist attraction, as well as being the UK's leading designer outlet village. In 2001, it was able to charge stores the highest rental of any comparable outlet shopping centre in the UK.
Cotswold’s Wildlife Park
The Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens exhibits mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates from all around the world. The Park is set in 160 acres (0.65 km2) of landscaped parkland and gardens in Oxfordshire, England. Around 350,000 people visited the park in 2005.
The gardens and grounds are part of the Bradwell Grove estate. The manor house at Bradwell Grove dates from 1804 and many of the mature trees in the park were planted in the 19th century. In 1970 the owner, John Heyworth, opened the gardens to the public with 230 animals from 40 species exhibited.
Legoland Windsor is a child-oriented theme park and resort, themed around the lego toy system. The park opened in 1996 on the former Windsor Safari Park as the second Legoland after Legoland Billund in Denmark. The facilities are mainly targeted at children between three and twelve.