Blenheim Palace was always close to Winton Churchill’s heart. It was the place where he was born, where he got engaged and finally,
where he was laid to rest.
His grandfather was the 7th Duke of Marlborough and it was at the Palace, the Churchill family seat for over three hundred years, where Britain’s greatest wartime leader was born on 30 November 1874.
Winston was the elder son of Lord Randolph Churchill and Jennie Jerome. Baptised in the Palace chapel, he would later spend much of his childhood staying with his grandparents in the care of his nanny.
Together with his brother Jack, Winston spent long hours riding in the park, fishing in the lake, building ‘encampments’ or catching butterflies.
It was at The Temple of Diana, in the Palace grounds, that he proposed to his future wife, Clementine Hozier, in 1908. He chose to be buried at St Martin’s Church, Bladon, just outside the park, among the tombs of his Churchill relations.
His grave in the churchyard attracts thousands of visitors every year,
and the Palace now houses a permanent Churchill exhibition.
Sir Winston Churchill is honoured throughout Blenheim Palace.
When you visit be sure to follow the trail throughout the Palace, Park and Formal Gardens and find Sir Winston Churchill's favourite and most cherished places.
We had a very enjoyable stay at Vanbrugh. The hotel location is great, just a block from the centre of town, yet our room was very quiet, and had a lovely large private patio. We could easily walk to all the sights we wanted to see.
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