10th May 2018
There is so much to do at this magnificent palace that it is difficult to fit everything into a full day’s visit. Our members had the opportunity to explore the many walks in beautiful grounds, join guided tours of the lavish staterooms, discover the detailed history of Sir Winston Churchill or enjoy the formal and informal gardens. There are also buggy rides available and a train from the house to the pleasure gardens.
Blenheim is famous for its huge tapestries. The Duke of Marlborough commissioned the tapestries from weavers in Brussels to commemorate his success at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704 and other victories in the campaign. They were all designed to fit each state room exactly. Our guide, Norman, a very dapper gentleman, gave us a full and entertaining history, laced with humour, of the Dukes of Marlborough.
The train ride took us to the pleasure gardens where a visit to the butterfly house was an unexpected delight. Thank you David for arranging a memorable visit
25th July 2018
Waddesdon Manor never fails to impress with its long drive and its fantastic French Renaissance architecture. The journey, on a comfortable coach, was excellent and the weather very sunny and warm. Forty-seven of us enjoyed coffee or tea with biscuits in a private part of the Manor Restaurant. Timed entrances to the house had been organised for us. The exquisite interiors filled with porcelain, art, and furniture, are internationally famous and admired by thousands of visitors every year. The parterre, terrace and fountains, beautifully maintained gardens, together with the aviary were all explored and enjoyed by everyone. A wonderful day’s outing.