There’s something wonderfully English about Clifton Hampden. On a blustery day, the swifts snapping up the mayfly, cow parsley almost at shoulder height, a walk or bike ride along the Thames Path National Trail is a lovely way of approaching the Oxfordshire village.
Take a day out of your break to visit Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle. On this day trip, you’ll travel to three of England’s most-popular locations. Begin with a tour of Oxford and its university buildings, and then drive through the Cotsworlds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You’ll also Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare’s birthplace, and Warwick Castle.
Blenheim Palace is a large country house in Oxfordshire, home to the 11th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill. It was built between 1705 and 1722 in the rare English baroque style and is today one of the largest houses in the country. Inside the scale of grandeur continues with an 180ft library and 67ft high hall. The interior is lavishly decorated with guided tours available through the state rooms.
The ‘Untold Story’ tells Blenheims story through animated figures, video and projection technology while there is also an exhibition dedicated to Winston Churchill.
Outside visitors can enjoy the hedge maze, adventure playground and butterfly house and of course the beautiful grounds designed by Capability Brown.
The palace hosts many events during the year including a Triathlon, Game/Country fair, Jousting and International Horse-Trials.