With the huge success of recent films such as The Darkest Hour and Dunkirk, it's not hard to understand why our fascination with British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill has grown exponentially. For any Churchill enthusiasts looking to deepen their knowledge of our former Prime Minister, read on for my three reasons why a visit to Blenheim Palace should be top of your list of 'must see' destinations in the UK.
Where It All Started…
Not only is Blenheim Palace an architectural delight, but it's full to the brim with in-depth secrets of Churchill. A visit to the palace will take you on an incredible journey as you follow in his footsteps, starting with his birth. Whilst visiting the Palace you'll see the room where Winston Churchill was born, which is filled with artefacts and photos (including a lock of his blonde hair!). At Original Travel, we're excited to be able to offer a very special 'behind the scenes' tour, which includes meeting the Earl of Marlborough's butler in the private apartments.
The Estate & Surroundings
Blenheim Palace is ideally located as a day trip from London and can be combined with Bletchley Park, the home of Codebreaking - this makes a wonderful combination for a World War II enthusiast. Another reason to visit Blenheim Palace is to marvel at the creation of the spectacular gardens and the 'Great Cascade' designed and lovingly created by the world famous garden landscaper, Capability Brown.
One can explore these grounds independently or why not tour them with one of our expert guides who will showcase the pristine grounds and magnificent water features from your very own private buggy!
His Love Life and Resting Place
No trip to Blenheim Palace would be complete for a Churchill enthusiast without exploring the Churchill Memorial Garden and visiting the Temple of Diana - where he proposed to his wife of 57 years, his beloved, Clementine Hozier in the summer of 1908.
We recommend you end your private tour with a visit to his final resting place, Bladon Church, only a short walk from the Palace, to end your day and see his life in 'full circle'.