Recently we visited Blenheim Palace which is just outside of Oxford and is well signed.
Blenheim Palace is a world heritage site, a palace where Sir Winston Churchill was born, and is home to the Duke of Marlborough. It has been used as the setting for many films such as Spectre, Transformers, Gullivers Travels, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and many others.
The palace itself is interesting to go round. There is a Churchill Exhibition with interactive features and you can see the room where he was born as well as many other interesting rooms.
When we visited they also had a modern art exhibition on with different things in each room to look at and this also extended to the gardens with lots of different sculptures etc including a golden sunken car in one of the fountains !
The gardens are really lovely and have lots of different areas to explore from the water gardens to Italian gardens, rose gardens and even a waterfall and there are lovely walks around the lake and grounds. We also saw hundreds of pheasants - I have never seen so many anywhere before.
Once we had finished visiting the main gardens we caught a little train called Churchill to the Pleasure Gardens
The Pleasure Gardens are designed for families and have play equipment, a small model village area, adventure playground, sand playground, puzzles, outdoor chess and other features such as the Blenheim maze which is the second largest hedge maze in the world and is now features on the top of the new £5 notes.
There is also a butterfly house with free flying butterflies and zebra finches which were adorable. It was really interesting as you could see butterflies that had just hatched and others that were in the process of hatching.
Blenheim has something for everyone and is a beautiful place to visit.
If you are interested in Winston Churchill he is buried in the nearby village of Bladon at the villages church along with his wife.