Things to do during your visit
Some suggestions below
Lots to see and do, both indoors and outdoors, for all the family.
Blenheim Palace is the seat of the Duke of Marlborough and the only non royal, non epescopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace, one of England's largest houses, was built between 1705 and 1722
The palace is named after the 1704 Battle of Blenheim. It was originally intended to be a reward to John Churhill, the first 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 duchess, and lasting damage to the reputation of the architect Sir John Vanburgh.
Designed in the rare, and short-lived, English Baroque style, architectural appreciation of the palace is as divided today as it was in the 1720s. 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.
We are the nearest hostelry to the main gates of this magnificent palace making a visit a must when staying with us
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Bicester Village is just 10 miles, a 20 minute drive away. There's also a great bus and train service from right outside our inn.
Experience everything the Village has to offer in the fresh open air. Enjoy all-day dining and discover more than 150 of your favourite luxury fashion and lifestyle boutiques. The possibilities are endless.
A free, educational day out
The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Their world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time.
Open every day. Admission is free.