A magnificent Baroque palace built for John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, Blenheim Palace features gilded state rooms filled with family portraits, tapestries, sculptures and beautiful furniture. The 2,100 acres of surrounding parkland were landscaped by Capability Brown and contain an Italian water garden, water terraces, a rose garden, arboretum, grand cascade and the Blenheim Lake. There are also pleasure gardens with attractions to suit all ages, including a butterfly house, a large adventure play area and the huge Marlborough Maze.
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|Opening hours:||By car eight miles north-west of Oxford on the A44 or 12 miles from junction 9 of the M40. Daily (except Dec 25): park 9am-6pm, palace 10.30am-5:30pm, gardens 10am-6pm|
|Transport:||Rail: Oxford rail|