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Blenheim Palace Themed Tours

Posted: 28/01/2007 16:11:41

A visit to Blenheim is not complete without stepping inside the unique Palace, a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture. From the imposing vastness of the Great Hall to the intricate detailing of the state rooms, the Palace interiors beautifully balance the delicate with the awe-inspiring.

Over the last 300 years, the famous and infamous, have visited and lived in this masterpiece of English baroque architecture. For the first time, Blenheim Palace is offering visitors a series of entertaining themed talks and tours about the personalities and special collections within the Palace.

The specialist tours cover the following themes and are available to book across a series of dates in February and March.

The Unknown Winston - led by John Forster, Palace Archivist & Historian
Wednesday 28th February
Wednesday 14th March

The talk, followed by a special tour is drawn largely from private resources at Blenheim to create a fresh understanding of this remarkable man. Ranging through incidents throughout his life new insights are given into the breadth of talent, achievement and personality of the "Greatest Briton" who was born at Blenheim: soldier, politician, statesman, painter, writer, orator, family man - and bricklayer!

The Ladies of Blenheim - led by John Forster, Palace Archivist & Historian
Thursday 22nd February
Wednesday 21st March

The story of the Marlborough/Churchill family at Blenheim has normally been told entirely through the men and over three centuries the ladies have had little chance to catch the public eye. The tour redresses the balance in an entertaining and informative way, including, among others, the strong willed first Duchess of Marlborough, Sarah Churchill, and the 9th Duchess, the rich American Consuelo Vanderbilt.

The House that John Built - led by Jeri Bapasola, Palace Historian & Author
16th March

The architect John Vanbrugh and his assistant Nicholas Hawksmoor were both at Blenheim when the foundation stone was laid in 1705. Why then did the house take more than 25 years to be completed? This tour will reveal the fascinating story of the building of this grand house for one of England's greatest military leaders, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and his unforgettable wife, Sarah.

The Portraits at Blenheim - led by Jeri Bapasola, Palace Historian & Author
7th March

The Tour will focus on the family portraits in the Palace's collection, which include famous paintings by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Sir Joshua Reynolds and John Singer Sargent.


Each day begins at 10.30am with coffee and biscuits in the Palace's Indian Room. The talk will begin at 11am, followed by a tour of the Palace at 11.30am led by the specialist. The tour will finish at 12.30pm and you will be free to spend the rest of the day in the Palace and grounds. A delicious range of hot and cold dishes, sandwiches, cakes and refreshments are available in the Water Terraces Café.

For a truly unique experience, Blenheim's themed tours make a memorable day out. Please call 01993 811091 to discuss your requirements.

Notes

Booking and Prices: 25 places available are available on each tour.
Tours must be pre-booked and pre-paid through the Groups' co-ordinator (non-refundable).
The price includes full day entry to the Palace, Park and gardens, special talk, tour and morning refreshment.
Adults: £13.95pp, Concessions: £11.50pp.

Blenheim Palace Season Ticket Holders:
£10.00pp Park & Gardens ticket holders.
£5.00 Palace, Park and Gardens ticket holders

Please contact the Groups' Co-ordinator on 01993 811091 to book or email [email protected] for further information.

The Palace, Formal Gardens and Pleasure Gardens are open daily from 10th February until 28th October and from 31st October until 9th December, Wednesday to Sunday.
Palace and Formal Gardens closed on Mondays and Tuesdays in November and December.
The Park opens at 9am, the Formal Gardens at 10am and the Palace and Pleasure Gardens at 10.30am.
Last admission to the Palace and Gardens is at 4.45pm. The Palace and Pleasure Gardens* close at 5.30pm and the Park at 6pm.
Child age 5-16 inclusive. Under 5's free.

The Palace, Formal gardens and Pleasure Gardens are open from Wednesdays to Sundays inclusive from 1st November to 10th December 2006, Park is open daily from 9am to 4.45pm (last entry) or dusk, except Christmas Day.

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