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Blenheim Palace has been the home of the Dukes of Marlborough since 1704, when Queen Anne gave a ruined royal manor and dukedom to John Churchill as a gift for his victory at the battle of Blenheim on the Danube. Winston Churchill also happened to be born here - look out for the Churchill exhibition, which includes the bed he was born on, and many personal belongings, including books, photographs and letters. His tomb is in the graveyard of St Martin's church in nearby Bladon. The palace also sometimes plays host to major concerts.
Although established in the 11th Century, very little of the original Anglo-Saxon structure St Mary's Church has survived. Having served the community's needs for centuries, the church has both touched and been touched by the generations of people it has served. Although not particularly remarkable on the outside, inside you will find a number of delightful treasures including a decorated ceiling, alabaster effigies and a 15th-century wall painting. If you have an interest in local history or if you are simply looking for an inviting place to pray, then look no further. As an active parish church, visitors are welcomed warmly at St. Mary's.
Boarstall Tower is an ancient moated gatehouse, with its inception dating back to the 14th Century. Once a part of a manor house, it is what remains of the beautiful estate. Its environs are shrouded with sweeping landscapes, largely overshadowed by lush green gardens - the flora constantly unfurling and proliferating with the passage of time. It was built in 1312 as a defensive structure for the residence of John de Haudlo. The manor house has been demolished, but the gatehouse is still open for public view.
Once a functioning farm in Whitey, Cogges Manor Farm is a place where visitors can witness and learn first-hand the operation of farming. Visitors are taken through a step-by-step guide on the development and evolution of the farm and its residents since its inception in the Saxon times. Through various workshops, training courses and educational events, individuals can learn about varied practices of food production and animal breeding.
If you've ever loved the story of Thomas the steam engine then this will be your childhood dream come true. Come here for a lesson in history, a childhood fantasy, a ride in the trains and steam engines and lots more.
Ditchley is a country house and estate built in 1722 and designed by James Gibbs. The estate once housed a Roman Villa until the present structure was built as a royal hunting ground for the 2nd Earl of Lichfield. Currently, it houses the Ditchley Foundation which is dedicated towards the promotion of international relations. The foundation provides guided tours of the house.