Blenheim Palace

History

With more than 300 years of history to discover, Blenheim Palace offers visitors an immersive and fascinating experience. 

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History

History

Blenheim Palace was built in the early 18th Century to celebrate victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession.

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History

The History of Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace was built in the early 18th Century to celebrate victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession.

In particular, it was built as a gift to the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, the military commander who led the Allied forces in the Battle of Blenheim on 13th August 1704. Marlborough himself received the surrender from Marshall Tallard, leader of the French forces, following the battle.

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

Discover Sir Winston Churchill's history and connections to Blenheim Palace with our interactive timeline.

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Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill

To discover more about Sir Winston Churchill's life at Blenheim Palace, explore our newly reinvigorated permanent Churchill exhibition, visit the memorial garden and 'Walk in Churchill's Footsteps' with our new trail.

Take a look at the timeline to explore the milestones in the life of Sir Winston Churchill...

Family Tree

Family Tree

View the Marlborough family tree.

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Family Tree

Explore the Marlborough family tree from the first Duke right up to the 12th Duke of Marlborough in residence at Blenheim Palace today.  

Portraits

Portraits

Blenheim Palace is home to one of the most impressive collections of paintings in Europe. Take a closer look at some of the pieces in our collection and learn about their creators, sitters and how they came to be part of the Palace's decor.

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