Battlefields and Baroque

The story of the 1st Duke of Marlborough.

A courageous leader in battle, John Churchill's victories over Louis XIV forever changed the face of Europe and led to the building of Blenheim Palace and him gaining the title of the Duke of Marlborough, both gifted from Queen Anne.

At a time when marriages were often no more than business transactions to increase power and wealth, John Churchill chose to marry his wife Sarah for love.

In 2022 we'll be celebrating the Duke's life, family and achievements with an immersive exhibition of interactive displays, tours, battle re-enactments, and other activities for all the family. Step back in time to the Palace of the 1700s and marvel at the exquisite clothing, food, games, and music that the 1st Duke and his Duchess would have loved.

After a less than illustrious beginning (he was once imprisoned in the Tower of London) the Duke rose to dizzying heights in the court of Queen Anne with his beautiful, strong willed wife Sarah by his side, only to be plotted and schemed against and eventually exiled abroad until a change of monarch made it safe for him to return to his homeland.

Come to Blenheim Palace from this March to learn about the Duke's life. Wander through the Palace state rooms to find out more and absorb the history of the Palace, and experience the thrill of battle in a re-enactment (find out more on our events page). Visit our immersive exhibition, where you'll find:

  • Costumes from the movie The Favourite (based on the life of Sarah), by Oscar winning designer Sandy Powell
  • 18th century armour
  • 18th century music and instruments
  • A court feast
  • Maps, documents and artefacts from our archive

With talks and tours, themed Afternoon Teas, activities, and more, there’s something at Blenheim Palace for everyone this year.

Join us this year to celebrate the life and achievements of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough.

Event Information

  • Tickets required
    Palace, Park & Gardens or an Annual Pass.
  • Date March - May 2022
  • Annual Pass Free with Annual Pass

Palace, Park and Gardens

Entry to the exhibition is included with Palace, Park and Gardens tickets. Donate the cost of your full Palace, Park and Gardens ticket to convert it to an Annual Pass. Check back soon and follow us on social media for ticket availability.

Annual Pass Holders

Annual Pass Holders are eligible for free entry to this event. Please show your valid pass on arrival.