Located in Oxfordshire, Blenheim Palace is often referred to as ‘Britain’s Greatest Palace’ because of its sheer grandeur and the astoundingly beautiful gardens it is based within.
A world-famous statesman, Winston Churchill led Britain as a wartime Prime Minister through the Second World War. He was known for the speeches he delivered, and his success in winning two elections during a turbulent time in British political history. This is perhaps the reason which Blenheim Palace has become quite so famous, as it was also the place he was born in 1874.
Perhaps the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace and the surrounding countryside impacted Churchill in later life, as he became well-known for spending time outside and in his country home when making his world changing decisions.
The Palace is surrounded by over 2000 acres of parkland, and of formal gardens. They were most famously landscaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown during his time at the house. It took ten years for him to build the Great Lake and plant the thousands of trees and plants in the surrounding areas. His inspiring landscaping has been well-maintained over the years by all future gardeners, keeping the original spirit of the Blenheim Palace Gardens fully intact.
Adults and children alike love to get lost in the Marlborough Maze on a visit to the palace. It is the world’s second largest symbolic maze and made up of just over 3000 hedges – so prepare yourself for a challenge! The maze is designed to reflect the history of Blenheim Palace itself, and you can get a fairly good overhead view by using the wooden bridges inside the maze as you plan your path. This means you can admire the skill in crafting such a detailed and intricate maze to honour the home that was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.