Thursday, 8 September 2016

Blenheim Palace



Blenheim Palace has been on our places to visit wishlist, so yesterday we spent the day there.




It was built to honour John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough after he led an allied victory against the french in 1704. Two hundred years later the stately home served as the birthplace for Britain's greatest wartime leader Winston Churchill.


It is only just over an hours drive from where we live.
The best thing about it is you pay once and can have a free annual pass. So we will go back a few more times over the coming months to take advantage of that.


Here are some pictures of our day.
































We got lost in the maze.



This little duck took a liking to my toe.







The finches who lived in the butterfly house were so friendly.





















It was a wonderful day out, we didn't have time to do it all, but at least we can go back again for a free day out.

25 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place.
    I would have to pass on the butterfly house though as I am terrified of things flapping round my head.
    Love the big cabinet full of china-x-

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    1. I used to be like that, I don' mind butterflies though x

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  2. What a wonderful day out indeed! Has the NT relaxed their rules on taking photos inside properties? I'm a tad out of touch now. Great photographs and look forward to your return visit. Pretty toe nail colour ~~~Deb

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    1. We were told we could take photos but not use the flash, can't wait to go again x

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    2. They've relaxed their rules then. Good! Also, forgot to say, I do think that coffee and snack cart is a bit out of place! Is that the only place at Blenheim for refreshments?

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    3. Sorry, getting Blenheim mixed up with Chartwell about the photography issue ~ ignore me!

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    4. Hi Deborah, I know what you mean there are a couple of cafes and a very posh restaurant, we had a coffee in the café and took a picnic for lunch, xx

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  3. Fantastic photos as usual Marlene. Love the quotes by Churchill. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Thankyou Tania, yes I love the wife quote x

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  4. You have such a lovely eye for photography!
    X x

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  5. Plenty to see and do and what a great idea to just pay once and then be able to return.
    xx

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    1. Yes we shall have to find some more pay once places xx

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  6. Lots of us locals have yearly passes. A great place for a Sunday stroll or picnic. Your photos are lovely :)

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    1. It is a great place for us to pop over to isn't it, thankyou x

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  7. The photos of Blenheim are beautiful but what I really love are your photos of the birds and flowers.

    I am in America and visited Blenheim Palace 30 years ago so your photos brought back memories. I remember the nearby town of Woodstock as being very cute. And the small church where Winston Churchill is buried (I believe) was a nice walk from the palace.

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    1. Me too Barbara , I just adore birds and love flowers, I could have stayed with the birds for ages, but they lived in the butterly house and it was rather warm in there, I am glad this brought back some lovely memories, we will have a stroll around Woodstock next time.

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  8. what a beautiful place, and beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing xx

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    1. It was and thankyou, I just love days out xx

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  9. What an interesting place and the gardens look beautiful. Isn't it great when you get a pass that allows you back as often as you like xx

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    1. Hi Cheryl, I love going to places and having a history lesson, and such good value to get back in for free for the rest of the year xx

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  10. I love Bleinhem Palace and your beautiful photos really do it justice !x

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  11. I have never visited there, but it looks wonderful. I know something of its history, and of course the Churchill 'connection' ... what a magnificent house it is, totally baroque and over the top, but if you've got it, flaunt it!
    Margaret P

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    1. It was wonderful we are planning to go back in a few months, I just love grand houses and gardens.

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