I’m still catching up on photo shoots from 2012 that I didn’t get round to posting at the time.
For those of you that have been following my blog you will know that we visited Oxford for a few days back in September. On the way home we took the opportunity to call in at Blenheim Palace, just a few miles north of Oxford in the quaint village of Woodstock.
Blenheim markets itself as “Britain’s Greatest Palace” and it is easy to see why. The palace was a gift from Queen Anne to the 1st Duke of Marlborough following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. It is a masterpiece of the English Baroque style of architecture with parkland landscaped by the world-renowned “Capability” Brown. Winston Churchill, cousin of the 9th Duke, was born at Blenheim in 1874 and it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
As you can see from the images above, the day we visited was a perfect Summer day and as I’ve said before good weather is often the deciding factor for a successful day-trip in the UK. However Blenheim Palace is a truly magnificent stately home and I suspect would be well worth a visit whatever the weather.
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