Blenheim Palace has a wealth of history and things to see and do. With a tour of the palace, you will be shown upstairs and downstairs, many exhibits will catch your attention! You can visit Sir Winston Churchill's Birth Room, alongside the Churchill Exhibition. And perhaps the formal state rooms, filled with grand furniture, tapestries and portraits will catch you eye! The Blenheim Palace Fire Engine has also now returned to its home, meaning all you motor enthusiasts can learn about an original Fire Engine, dating back to 1890.
Alongside an ambundance of exhibits to see inside the Palace, you will also find many activities outside. Fancy tasking yourself at finding you way out of Marlborough Maze, a beautifully pruned maze inspired by the history of the Palace? Or for more leisurely activites, hop on the miniature train or take a stroll through the Formal Gardens, admiring the botanical beauties that will beseech you.
Durham House & Gardens
This National Trust property will take you through 100 years of British Imperial ambitions, through the transatlantic slave trade to the building of the famous British Colonial Empire.
If you are an art lover, this house is the perfect place to visit. Original Hoogstraten paintings hang the walls, and the 125 Colletion also boasts fashionable 17th century pyramid vases.
Guided garden walks are also available, taking you through the seasonal blooms, upcoming projects and the rich history you will find as you walk.
Cliveden House & Gardens
Take a tour of the former residence of the Astor family, a splendid house that overlooks the Thames in Berkshire. The stunning architecture will blow you away, as will the luxurious interior. A house previously known for being a spectacular societal hub. In World War I the house had a hospital built on the grounds, and you can visit the large memorial to pay respects to those who lost their lives.
The grounds are a feature of breathtaking beauty, with vast woodlands and wildlife. Each formal garden across the estate has charms that blossom each season. The Water Garden is one in particular that shouldn't be missed!
Chavenage House has been a popular filming location for many television programmes and films, including Poldark, Poirot's The Mysterious Affair at Styles and The Ghost of Greville Lodge. The house itself dates back to 1576 and is complete with a traditional Cotswold stone tiled roof. Adorned with 17th century tapestries the house is owned by the second family to own it, and tours are often conducted by family members, giving your visit a lovely wholesome feel!
Castle Combe is a small villge lying in the Cotswolds, and has been named an Area of Outstanding Beauty. Often named the 'prettiest village in England', it is a delight to visit. A quintessential English village, the village is famed for being the filming location of Spielberg's War Horse.
Strolling through the village, you will see a Market Cross and St. Andrew's Church, both dating back to the 13th century. Dainty shops and cafes will give you the opportunity to indulge in local homemade bakes and treat a loved one to handpicked posies of flowers. There's also many scenic opportunies for a photo so don't forget your camera!
All the above excursions are suggested.