📍Woodstock, Oxfordshire, UK
I first visited Blenheim Place as a 17 year old at summer camp in Oxford University. I clearly remember my first reaction upon arrival as being of great peace and serenity by its extent fields stretching over miles, contrasted by astonishment by the English Baroque style of the palace architecture; a notable design by Sir John Vanbrugh. It all gave it an extra feel of grandeur. I kept thinking how incredibly English the place looked as its the perfect showcase of 18th-century princely dwelling!
I have loved coming back to this very spot in Oxforshire every since!
Blenheim Palace is located less than two hours North West of London by car via M40 and A40, and conveniently located just 10 miles away from Oxford City Centre; it is possible to take a taxi or grab the bus from this location as well.
Blenheim Palace was a royal gift to John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough in the 1700s. It is very well known for being the birth place of Winston Churchill, grandson of the 7th Duke of Marlborough. Within the premises, you’ll see various objects, rooms, and commodities dedicated to him and his childhood.
The Palace was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
About the Catalan exhibition (Running 12 September – 27 October 2019)
This year's exhibition by Maurizio Cattelan is part of The Blenheim Art Foundation, established in 2014 with the purpose of showcasing modern and contemporary art exhibitions within Blenheim Palace.
Every year, artists are invited by its resident, The Duke of Malborough, to engage with Blenheim Palace’s rich setting and offer something new and captivating to its visitors.
The way the foundation focuses on exhibiting modern pieces from living artist, with the historical centuries old setting that is Blenheim Palace, it serves as a way of showing that the site isn’t frozen in time, but a living, ever-changing national monument to culture of all kinds.
This exhibition in particular, may be found somewhat striking to a lot of viewers, as it encompasses Britain's political history, unity and division, war and the power of perception through the eyes of history, religion and media culture.
According to insiders, "Blenheim Palace, a monument to national power, here becomes the site of deeper questioning into the stories we are told and the histories we are taught. An exhibition that speaks to adults and children alike, Victory Is NotAn Option is at times witty, at times profoundly stirring"
Down below is a peek into some of the components of the exhibition seen all throughout the palace!
The gardens consist of both the Formal Gardens surrounding the Palace, and the pleasure gardens. In the formal Gardens, you’ll see the grand Water Terraces, the Duke’s Private Italian Garden, the Secret Garden , the new Churchill Memorial Garden and the marvelous Rose Garden. The Pleasure Gardens include the hedge maze, miniature railway and a lovely butterfly house.
If you walk further down the fields and gardens, you'll encounter the most breathtaking lake view surrounded by trees and little bird chirps! Most likely all to yourself !
Interesting Fact: The view of the lakes and bridge was once described as the finest in England by Lord Randolph Churchill !
As far as food is concerned, you'll have plenty of options within the Palace. If you're in for a full meal, their Orangery Restaurant serves a full a la carte menu as well as a delightful afternoon tea. If you're looking for something smaller, but just as nice, The Oxfordshire Pantry café, in the East Courtyard Visitor Centre, is a fantastic option as well.
In the grounds themselves, you'll also be able to find The Water Terrace Café or The Pleasure Gardens Piazza Cafe!
Thanks for reading until the end! and if you do decide to visit, don't forget to tag me on social media @tatianabellator !
I'd love to see your experience!
Cheers ! Xx.