Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. It is the principal residence of the dukes of Marlborough, and the only non-royal non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace, one of England's largest houses, was built between 1705 and circa 1722.
The building of the palace was originally intended to be a reward to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, from a grateful nation for the duke's military triumphs against the French and Bavarians during the War of the Spanish Succession, culminating in the 1704 Battle of Blenheim. However, soon after its construction began, the palace was to become the subject of political infighting; this led to Marlborough's exile, the fall from power of his duchess, and lasting damage to the reputation of the architect Sir John Vanbrugh.
The palace is also notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. A permanent exhibition remembers his birth in 1874. However, Winston Churchill never lived in Blenheim. His parents were from a side arm of the family and just happened to visit the palace when he was born.
The twenty closest neighbours in the database:
Oxford (United Kingdom) (12 km), Waddesdon Manor (29 km), Stratford-upon-Avon (United Kingdom) (46 km), Hughenden Manor (47 km), Warwick Castle (51 km), St Albans (United Kingdom) (71 km), Hatfield House (80 km), Stonehenge (80 km), Hampton Court Palace (86 km), Bath (United Kingdom) (86 km), Winchester (United Kingdom) (87 km), Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms (93 km), London (United Kingdom) (94 km), Tower of London (96 km), Stourhead House and Garden (105 km), Cambridge (United Kingdom) (109 km), Ludlow Castle (110 km), Audley End House (110 km), Portsmouth (United Kingdom) (116 km), Fishbourne Roman Palace (118 km)