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Tours to Blenheim Palace

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Day Trips to Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. It is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, and the only non-royal, non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace, one of England’s largest houses, was built between 1705 and 1722, and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

The palace is named for the 1704 Battle of Blenheim, and thus ultimately after Blindheim (also known as Blenheim) in Bavaria. It was originally intended to be a reward to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough for his military triumphs against the French and Bavarians in the War of the Spanish Succession, culminating in the Battle of Blenheim. The land was given as a gift, and construction began in 1705, with some financial support from Queen Anne. The project soon became the subject of political infighting, with the Crown cancelling further financial support in 1712, Marlborough’s three-year voluntary exile to the Continent, the fall from influence of his duchy and lasting damage to the reputation of the architect Sir John Vanbrugh.

It is unique in its combined use as a family home, mausoleum and national monument. The palace is notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill.

Following the palace’s completion, it became the home of the Churchill (later Spencer-Churchill) family for the next 300 years, and various members of the family have wrought changes to the interiors, park and gardens. At the end of the 19th century, the palace was saved from ruin by funds gained from the 9th Duke of Marlborough‘s marriage to American railroad heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt.

Day Trip information

This Day trip charge is for the coach transfers & admission into the staterooms, & Gardens.

Any Food, drink & extra activities not included in the admission cost is at the passenger own expense.

In many cases extra activities not included in the admission charge can be booked independently & in advance through the Attractions website, please ensure your extra activities booking allows you enough visit duration time to keep within the Coach trip time schedule.

Travel Itinerary

09:00 Reading road, Woodley – 09:20 Bracknell Ice rink – 09:50 Sava Centre Bus stop, Calcot, Reading

Approximate Arrival at Blenheim Palace 11:00 – 11:15 am

The Coach will DEPART Blenheim Palace at 16:00 hrs for return journey.

Day Trip Covid 19 information

Family, couples & Bubble groups may sit together, please allow one seat distance between next passenger group, when entering the coach please use the hand sanitiser provided.

All passengers above the age of 9 will be required to wear a face mask while on board the coach & inside any Public building or store.

Small PPE kits are available from your driver at a cost of £1.75 (1x 50ml Hand Sanitiser & 2 x face masks).

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