Blenheim Palace is situated in the market town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire. The palace is one of England's largest houses and the only non-royal country house to hold the status of 'Palace'. in the year 1704, the battle of Blenheim was won, led by John Churchill the 1st Duke of Marlborough. He was given the park, Woodstock manor and Â£240,000 to build the palace as a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation for winning the war. In 1722 the palace was completed with a chapel erected in 1733. In November 1874, Winston Churchill was born at the Palace - he later became Prime minister in May 1940. During the world war 1 the palace was used as a convalescence hospital for wounded soldiers. In April 1950 the palace opened its doors to the public for the first time and in 1987 it was designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Receive a warm welcome into the home of the 12th duke and duchess of Marlborough, you will be enthralled as you walk through this masterpiece of 19th century English Baroque architecture, boasting some of the countries finest portraits and paintings, a fantastic exhibition of the two great war leaders - the 'Churchill's Destiny', the 2000 acres of perfectly landscaped parkland and much much more. The Palace is open from Mid February to through to late December annually.