Blenheim Palace began as a gift from a grateful monarch, Queen Anne, to John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, in honor of his defeat of the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704.
By the time the flamboyant palace was completed, some of the greatest architects, designers, landscape gardeners, painters, carvers and sculptors of the 18th century had taken part in its creation but the Duchess had fallen out with everyone - including the Queen of England.
About two hours from central London by car (less by train and local bus), Blenheim Palace makes an easy day trip from London and a "must" on any tour of the Southeast or the Cotswolds. Take his pictorial tour, then:
|Autumn at Blenheim Palace||The Clock Tower at Blenheim Palace||The Great Hall at Blenheim Palace||The Green Writing Room at Blenheim Palace|
|The Saloon||The First State Room at Blenheim Palace||The Long Library at Blenheim Palace|
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