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Blenheim Palace - Private Tour From London

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    Stop At: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PP England

    The drive to Blenheim Palace takes approximately 1.5 Hours from London. But London seems like a whole world away when you gaze for the first time at Blenheim Palace.
    Perhaps King George III words to the 4th Duke of Marlborough say it all, "We have nothing to equal this!"
    The land and money to build Blenheim Palace was gifted to John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough by Queen Anne for his leadership and victories during the War of the Spanish Succession. With a final great triumph at the battle of Blenheim.
    His wife Sarah was a great friend of Queen Anne until the relationship soured and both John and Sarah went into exile in France leaving Blenheim Palace unfinished. Queen Anne died on 1st August 1714 and the Marlborough's moved back to England the next day. By 1722 the Palace was complete but John Churchill died the same year.
    Today the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family live in the Palace, therefore you quite literally are a guest of his Grace the Duke when you visit this spectacular family home.
    The Palace has had a long and sometimes troubled past, but all the best stories have ups and downs. Your personal Driver and Guide will give you a detailed history of the magnificent Palace and a tour through it's many beautiful rooms, including the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born in 1874. If you are feeling energetic there are beautiful walks to be had in the gardens, and for those with a particular interest in Winston Churchill, your guide will take you to the spot where he awkwardly proposed to Clementine in August 1908,
    There are optional tours available at certain times of the year when the Duke of Marlborough and his family are not in residence. Those interested may want to visit his personal apartments or perhaps see how life below stairs in the servants quarters used to be.
    Lunch can either be taken at the Palace or in the nearby Villages of Woodstock or Bladon.
    A personalised and non rushed tour at your pace.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: St. Martin's Church, Church Street, Bladon, Woodstock OX20 1RW England

    An optional visit to the small Church where Sir Winston Churchill and his Wife Clementine are buried. Sir Winston is buried with other members of his family including Consuelo Vanderbilt who in part inspired the character of Cora in Downton Abbey.
    Very close to the Church is a pub which may make an ideal lunch stop.

    Duration: 30 minutes
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    Reviewed 3 May 2019 via mobile

    Doesn’t get much better than this. Private tour with pick up at your door in London, great day touring, and then dropped back at your door. Richard is extremely knowledgeable, and clearly enthusiastic about Blenheim, the Marlboroughs and Winston Churchill. And on top of that,...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank C5192ELterryc
    Reviewed 19 April 2019

    Just as beautiful as I was expecting. Richard, my guide was extremely knowledgeable and very pleasant. Picked up from hotel and was very informative. I had just arrived in London the day before he was a great source of tips and trivia. Blenheim is gorgeous...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank silviaponce778
    Reviewed 22 February 2019

    Richard was highly knowledgeable, thoughtful of our preferences and needs and a very personable guide. Bleinheim Castle was mind-blowing. Richard picked us up from our hotel in London at 8.15am and deposited us back about 4.30pm. The trips both ways gave us ample opportunity to...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank nisselp
    Richard C, Owner at Richard's Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2019

    Thank you so much for your review. It was my pleasure to take you to Blenheim and to spend the day with such lovely people. I hope your Grandchildren like their presents. The Blenheim Palace gift shop is probably the best shop of all the...More

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