BLENHEIM PALACE AND OXFORD
EXPLORE WINSTON CHURCHILL'S PALACE AND OXFORD'S MOST FAMOUS COLLEGE
Entrance ticket with audio guide to Blenheim Palace and gardens
Entrance ticket to Christ Church College and Oxford Cathedral
NB The tour doesn’t include the tour guide
Travel through the variety of Oxfordshire landscapes and habitats, ancient beech forests, limestone grasslands and the lush meadows of the Thames Valley.
Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its long and diverse history, Baroque architecture, gardens and art collections.
Trace the story of Winston Churchill in the mansion where he was born and which has belonged to his family for many generations.
Discover the gardens and the park: fountains, lakes, monuments … Admire the art collection of Blenheim Palace, the portraits painted by John Singer Sargent which are a fantastic window on the aristocratic society of the “Belle Epoque”, the tapestries that celebrate the victory of Blenheim, the furniture, the library and the chapel.
The palace has always represented what was culturally and artistically more modern, refined and sophisticated. Find movie locations: James Bond “Specter”, Mission: Impossible “Rogue Nation”, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, “Cinderella” 2015, “The Libertine”, “Gulliver’s Travels” 2010 and more others.
Challenge yourself in the maze, miles of hedges in a design inspired by the history of Blenheim Palace. The maze can offer hours of fun, depending on how long it takes you to find your way out!
Reach Oxford and visit Christ Church College, climb the ancient staircase which has been used several times as the set of the Harry Potter films and enter the hall that inspired the Great Hall of Hogwarts, here we have dinner regularly, parties take place, the assemblies and award ceremonies.
Exit the hall and come out into the Great Quadrangle, a huge courtyard that symbolizes the new English approach to education at the beginning of the 16th century. Scholars such as Erasmus of Rotterdam and Thomas More led the efforts to reconcile the basic principles of Humanism with Christianity, it was in this climate of intellectual ferment that the vision of Christ Church’s college was formed, a dynamic educational institution ready to replace the role of monasteries. The new college was to be a monument to Renaissance culture in England and a bastion of the Catholic Faith, this is reflected in the dual nature of the founding of Christ Church, both as a college and as a cathedral.
Explore the Cathedral of Oxford, one of the oldest buildings in the city where you can find the salient features of Norman architecture in dialogue with those of the English Gothic. Enter the 16th century wooden choir and marvel at the beautiful inlays, then read the stories painted on the large windows by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Barnet Jones.