The final day of traveling Dad and I did before returning to London was to Blenheim Palace. Located about 8 miles out of Oxford, this is the enormous home of the Duke of Marlborough, but is perhaps more famous for being the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill.
While the palace itself is well worth seeing, it certainly is not the main attraction when visiting. The gardens, landscaped by Capability Brown, are simply spectacular. The whole design is based to look natural but is actually set up to provide stunning views of the palace and the other areas around the 2100 acres. Fortunately the weather held up enough that Dad and I were able to walk around the majority of the property and get a few decent pictures of the gardens and the palace (attached below).
Unfortunately I was not allowed to take pictures inside the palace but it was certainly worth the visit, if only to see the room dedicated to Churchill. As is well chronicled, Churchill was quite an eccentric fellow and the palace certainly shows this. One of my favourite examples was a copy of a letter Winston wrote to his father about losing a watch he had been given as a gift. Churchill was requesting money from his father, but it was not to replace the watch, but rather to pay workmen to reroute the river that he had dropped the watch in!
Blenheim Palace was well worth the day trip and I’m glad we decided to see it! It was not on our original plan but with the unreliable weather we felt it was the best option for the grey, overcast day.
Overall the 10 days Dad was here were outstanding. It was great to catch up and see family, but also to have new experiences and to get out of the busy city of London for a few days. I look forward to the next time I get to see Dad, in Prague later this summer!