Oxford and Blenheim Palace

Discover the delights of the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ and explore the buildings of the world famous Oxford University including the Bodleian and Duke Humphrey’s libraries, Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre and the atmospheric quadrangles, chapels and halls of its colleges.

Visit Christchurch which has produced 13 British Prime Ministers and where the Dining Hall, which featured as Hogwarts Hall in the Harry Potter movies, also contains curious references to the Alice in Wonderland stories. Spot the locations made famous in Inspector Morse and Endeavour. Visit the Ashmolean Museum, the oldest public museum in Britain and the first purpose-built public museum in the world.

Walk along the River and enjoy the famous covered market and shops!

blenheimBlenheim Palace

Even kings were envious of this stately home built with grateful thanks from the nation for the Duke of Marlborough. Queen Anne’s gratitude did not last long and the unfortunate Duke was forced to foot most of the bill himself for one of the largest and most magnificent stately homes in England.

“We have nothing to equal this,” King George III  gasped to Queen Charlotte in 1786 as they first caught sight of Blenheim Palace.

Years later Blenheim Palace was the birthplace of another great leader, Sir Winston Churchill.  Visit the bedroom in which Churchill was born as well as the Palace’s magnificent ballroom and other richly decorated rooms.  The surrounding parkland was designed by Capability Brown with more formal gardens to enjoy around the Palace itself.

 

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s