The Cotswolds are famous for many beautiful landmarks including castles, magnificent stately homes, historical places and stunning market towns and villages. Perhaps one of the most famous attractions is Blenheim Palace Cotswold tours. Blenheim Palace is in the Cotswold market town of Woodstock and is considered by many as the most majestic palace in England. The local town Woodstock is situated between Oxford and Chipping Norton, a friendly bustling town that is popular with tourists. There are a handful of wonderful restaurants and hotels, an array of local gift shops and several antique shops. The Oxfordshire Museum is in the centre of town, offering plenty of artefacts and interesting history about the surrounding county. Woodstock is a picture-perfect Cotswold market town with a blend of Tudor style and Cotswold stone buildings.
The Churchill Family
Blenheim Palace is famously known as the birthplace and home of Sir Winston Churchill. The estate belonged to the Churchill family since the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, was rewarded the home by Queen Anne. The Queen gave John Churchill Blenheim Park after his victory over France in the War of the Spanish Succession. The estate was completely run down and dilapidated at the time, so Queen Anne also gave John Churchill £240,000 to pay for the rebuild of the home. Blenheim Palace is set in 2000 acres of beautiful land that was originally known as Blenheim Park, now having an attractive lake that the palace overlooks. Sir Winston Churchill was born at the palace in 1874 and he also proposed to his wife to be, Clementine Hozier at the Temple of Diana in the palace grounds. He died in 1955 and was buried alongside his family at a church in a nearby village called Bladon. Blenheim Palace continued to remain in the Churchill family for decades and is still owned by the 11th Duke of Marlborough, the late John Spencer-Churchill who died in 1999.
A Cotswolds Attraction
Blenheim Palace has been a popular Cotswolds attraction for many years and is open all year around for visitors to walk the fantastic home and palace grounds. There are palace tours that take you through the Churchill Exhibition and the State Room. There are also formal garden walking and buggy tours and several seasonal events such as the Battle Proms, the Christmas Craft Fair and the Blenheim Palace Flower Show in late June. The Blenheim Palace Food Festival at the end of May every year has impressive demonstrations from local producers with a wonderful range of activities, food and drink. There are 120 stallholders including craft brewers, international cuisine, artisan bakers and plenty of sweet flavoured foods. In the spring, there are driving tours that show you the lambing fields in Blenheim Palace Estate, often expecting around 3000 lambs each season.
North Cotswold Tours
There are many attractions in the Cotswolds, giving visitors plenty of places to see and things to do throughout the region. If you’re coming to England and staying in or near London, there is an easy train journey directly from London Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh, taking only 1 hour and 40 minutes. Don’t miss out on seeing one of the most beautiful regions in England, where the countryside of lush green rolling hills is unspoilt, with idyllic villages and pretty market towns on your doorstep. The towns in the North of the Cotswolds include Moreton-in-Marsh, Chipping Norton, Woodstock, Witney and Burford and they are all typically beautiful of the famous market wool towns that make up the Cotswolds. If you want to discover the hidden gems, the stunning attractions and delight of the Cotswold countryside, then book your Cotswolds tour with the Cotswolds Mystery Tour. If our guests are coming from London, then we can pick you up from the nearby train station in Moreton-in-Marsh in our luxury minibus and take you off to explore the beautiful sights of the area. We will show you magnificent stately homes, charming Cotswold villages, picturesque market towns and take you on a magical trip through the Cotswold countryside. Lunch will be enjoyed in a delightful 16th century inn and we stop for a hot drink and pastry at one of favourite local village cafés. We are passionate about the Cotswolds and have many years of experience in finding out the fascinating history of the area, so we relish in our Cotswold tours and always make our daytrips a memorable occasion for our guest.