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Blenheim Palace

October 20, 2016

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Blenheim Palace

A couple weekends ago, Shane and I decided to pop over to Blenheim Palace for the day. I’ve actually wanted to visit for years, but the entry price put us off at a steep £24.90 per person, though you do get annual entry for free. We became HHA (Historic Houses Association – kind of like the National Trust) members earlier in the year and I saw that it allows you free access to Blenheim Palace too!

It’s just outside Oxford, with regular busses from the city centre running to the house so it’s easily accessible. The Palace was built in the 1700’s to celebrate victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession and was the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

We took a little walk around the house, but they’ve currently got an art exhibition on, which kind of took away from the experience of visiting the house. I’m all for art, but it literally took over the whole of each and every room. When you visit a house for the history and to see the rooms as they were back in the day, it kind of takes away from that, so it was actually a little dissapointing as we couldn’t really experience the rooms properly.

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When you see the size of the house, we were a little shocked at how many rooms you’re actually allowed into. There was probably around 10 rooms, and when you look at how huge the house is, we were so glad that we never had to pay to get in. The gardens were absolutely huge though, with loads of parkland to walk around, formal gardens, and a lake.

If you’re planning on visiting, I would honestly just recommend buying the garden only entry, or if you want to go in the house, I’d suggest becoming a HHA member as we’ve visited quite a few places so far this year and have saved so much money! Membership at the moment costs £48pp or £77 for a joint membership.

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    Darina
    October 20, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    This is wonderful! Beautiful pictures, I love to visit such places!

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      April
      October 21, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks, Darina!
      xo April

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    Annie
    October 20, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I love Blenheim Palace! I haven’t been since I was a teenager though, your post has made me want to go back. It’s just so breathtaking!

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      April
      October 21, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Aww, I hope you get to go back!
      xo April

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    Jasmin Charlotte
    October 20, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Ohh it is so gorgeous – love your photos! I’ve been wanting to go for ages, definitely going to happen soon!

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      April
      October 21, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Yea, we loved all the gardens, I hope you get to visit soon!
      xo April

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    iHanna
    October 21, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Oh wow, you guys really know how to make a country house, huh? Such beautiful photos, from small leaf to big views, great photography!

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      April
      October 21, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Haha! I know right?! I love the country houses in the UK!
      xo April

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    Lauren
    October 22, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Your photos are just so beautiful! I love that there are places like this in the UK…you often forget how pretty everything is here 🙂
    Lx
    Elle Bloggs

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      April
      October 23, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Yeah, I always love exploring places like this! It’s so nice that we still have all this history!
      xo April

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    Lisa
    October 22, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Lovely Pictures, I hope you have a great Day! 🙂

    Lisa | Joy Della Vita

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      April
      October 23, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Thanks, Lisa!
      xo April

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    Gabrielle
    October 22, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Having visited here a few years ago, it’s so lovely to see the place through another blogger’s eyes – you’re making me want to return, it’s so beautiful there!!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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      April
      October 23, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Aww, I’m glad you liked it! I hope you get to return soon!
      xo April

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    Nevena Krstic
    October 22, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Truly beautiful photos! It looks like an amazing place to visit! 🙂 xx

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      April
      October 23, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Thanks, Nevena!
      xo April

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    laura anne
    October 23, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    This place looks so beautiful! x

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

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      April
      October 24, 2016 at 7:01 am

      It definitely was! The grounds were lovely to walk around!
      xo April

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    Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's
    October 23, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Wow the interior and exterior are both so stunning! Sorry to hear that the art kinda took a bit away from the experience, but I hope there was some cool art! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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      April
      October 24, 2016 at 7:02 am

      It was SO nice inside, but it was a shame about the art. It was kind of confusing for me (I’m not an art person haha), but it was just piles of clothes on the floor and upside down chairs. I just didn’t get it! 🙁
      xo April

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    Lucy
    October 23, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    These are such gorgeous photos! You’re really selling the idea of a HHA membership to me, I have to say! Autumn is the perfect time for exploring stately homes and gardens xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

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      April
      October 24, 2016 at 7:04 am

      Yay! If you love exploring places like this then I’d definitely recommend it! There’s so many HHA houses and gardens, though the main thing I would say is that because a lot of the people still live in their houses (unlike the national trust places), some of them only open them up a few times a month/year. But there’s a nice balance of big places like this that are open everyday too!
      xo April

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