New tours at Blenheim

OXFORDSHIRE’s Blenheim Palace will add two new themed talks for groups in 2011, developed to help members learn more about the history of the palace and its gardens.

‘Odd Men and Necessary Women – Servants of a Great Palace’ will provide an insight into the colourful life and work of those who have served at Blenheim Palace through the ages, both inside and outside – in the gardens, park and forests.
Meanwhile, ‘Creating an Architectural Masterpiece – The People Who Built Blenheim Palace’ will remind visitors of the controversies surrounding the design of the palace when it was built early in the 18th century.
The talk will look at the people who actually built the palace, from the architect, Vanbrugh to the stone masons, highlighting some of the unique features of the building and considering some of the problems encountered in the building of what is now a World Heritage Site.
The palace will also see its season extended by a week in 2011, from 12th February up to 16th December.
Special group rates are available, including the group’s choice of talk, along with a tour of the palace and entrance to the gardens.

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