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Gravesend, United Kingdom
September 12, 2010
From journal Englands Treasure Houses
Bath, United Kingdom
July 23, 2009
June 21, 2007
From journal Blenheim Palace: The Birthplace of Churchill
October 6, 2001
You begin your tour by going through the actual room where Winston Churchill was born and there are several rooms of personal items dealing with his infancy(they have one of his baby vests) youth (letters to his father from school) and his military career. This is probably the definitive collection of Winston Churchill memorabilia. The original Duke is an ancestor of Winston, Princess Diana, and a distant cousin of the current Duke.
You begin the house tour by passing through china rooms with fabulous collections of Canton china, one case of blue and one of green and white and 17th century Sevres and Meissen.
Since Blenheim was a gift from Queen Anne, in order to keep ownership every year on August 13 the current Duke has to send the rent standard to Windsor Castle. If for some reason it isn't done, the Palace reverts to the Queen. In almost 400 years, no one has forgotten.
You can choose to go around with a tour guide or you can go on your own. The problem is that the rooms are so crowded by the the tour groups and they seem to overlap each other that it is difficult to listen to your guide and even more difficult to move around on your own. This is a VERY popular place. We made the mistake of going on a Sunday and the crowds were terrible. The last time I came here was in March and it was much less busy.
We didn't have time for the gardens but there is a small train that can take you out to them. We did however visit the shops. They have 3 regular gift shops and one that sells wine, food products, jams, jellies, honey etc. There are 3 restaurants. They also rent out the Orangerie for weddings and conferences. This may be a family home but it is also a thriving business.
Blenheim is open mid-March to the end of October 10:30am to 5:30pm. Parking is free. Entrance fee is 9.5 pounds and is covered on the Great British Heritage Pass.
From journal Visits to the Treasure Houses of England