Blenheim Palace, home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Winston Churchill, offers a memorable day out. Set in 2100 acres of beautiful parkland landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, the exquisite Baroque Palace is surrounded by sweeping lawns, formal gardens a the magnificent lake. The beautiful interiors house, among other things, an amazing collection of porcelain, tapestries and paintings. The Palace was created a World Heritage site in 1987.
It is know that even before the Norman Conquest, Woodstock was the site where English Kings had hunting lodges, King Alfred was said to have stayed at Woodstock in 890. By 1279 King Henry II had established a market and by the 13th century it had the status of a Borough. Glove-making was Woodstock’s main industry from the 17th century. Today it is a pretty market town whose buildings reflect its long heritage. It also benefits from tourists who visit Blenheim Palace.