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Winston Churchill and Blenheim Palace

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. 

Winston Churchill



During his lifetime, Winston Churchill proclaimed his love for Blenheim Palace.  

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.


​​​​​​​Churchill took huge pride in his ancestry, remained close to his cousins and was a regular guest at Blenheim throughout his life.

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.

Blenheim Palace and Winston Churchill

Blenheim Palace, Southview

We stayed in an elegant top floor superior room, tastefully decorated with a very comfortable bed and oodles of space! The staff were so welcoming and catered for our every need. Breakfast we were spoilt for choice - everything looked scrumptious! Highly recommended!

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