Blenheim Palace has been the residence of the Dukes of Marlborough since the palace was completed in 1722 and is the only non-royal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The land was gifted to John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, as a reward for his military triumphs by Queen Anne. It is also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
Today over half of the palace is open to the public, while the remainder continues to be the family home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough. On the walls in the interior of the palace are priceless family portraits and large tapestries depicting historical battle scenes in which the 1st Duke is prominent. Contemporary French artist Yves Klein currently has as exhibition at the palace – you can not miss the bright ultramarine artwork and sculptures in the photos.
The formal Water Terrace and Italian Garden are close to the palace. The grassy landscaped parklands designed by ‘Capability’ Brown between 1763 and 1774 has many walking paths to explore.