Don't miss the Blenheim Tapestries, a set of 10 large wall hangings; the State Dining Room, with an impressive trompe l'Ioeil ceiling; and the magnificent Long Library, which is overlooked by a statue of Queen Anne, who funded Blenheim's conception by providing both funds and land.
Sir Winston Churchill, Britain's famous war-time Prime Minister was born here in 1874. Fans or those curious to discover more about Britain's most famous PM should look to the Churchill Exhibition, which is included in the ticket price. The exhibition details Churchill's work and life including his much loved pastime of painting. Winston Churchill is buried in the local parish church in Bladon, 1.5 miles south, just outside the grounds.
Leave time to explore the vast, lavish gardens and parklands, parts of which were landscaped by England's greatest gardener, ‘Capability' Brown, who also landscaped Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent.
Hampton Court Palace
You'll need the entire day to discover the Palace. Save time to explore the world-famous gardens including 60 acres of spectacular formal gardens, the spectacular herbaceous border in the East Front Gardens, the Great Vine and the topiary of the Privy Garden. Don't miss The Pond Gardens which are an absolute highlight of the Hampton Court Gardens, especially in spring and summer when vibrant displays of tulips and summer planting fill the space.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
The story that captured our imaginations 20 years ago is no less magical today, especially when you get to peak behind the curtain and see how it all happened.
Leave your muggle friends behind, the real Hogwarts is for wizards, witches, and die-hard Potter fans who will rejoice at the chance to walk through Gringotts Wizarding Bank, come face to face with a Ukrainian Ironbelly, and see so many of the sets, costumes and props that made the iconic films one of the biggest movie series in history.
If you have your own wand, cape, or house scarf, now is the time to wear it, with all the zeal you can muster, for here, no one is ever going to judge you for it.
You can self-drive to the studio in Leavesden from London where free parking is available on site. You will need to book your Studio tickets well in advance, or if you’re stuck for tickets on a particular date try a tour.
Hever Castle and Gardens makes for a great day trip from London, where you will be able to spend all day exploring the gardens and the history of this place.
The castle itself is famous for being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. If you have visited the Tower of London (where she was beheaded) and Hampton Court Palace (where she reigned as Queen for 3 short years), you shouldn’t miss the place where she grew up, and where she was exiled during her time at King Henry VIII’s Court. Once inside you’ll get a sneak peek of Tudor life, and also learn more about Anne’s time at Hever.
Fun fact: Hever Castle was (naturally) given to the Crown after Anne’s beheading, and later gifted as a «settlement gift» to Henry’s fourth wife; Anne of Cleves. So more than one royal has roamed the halls at Hever.
When visiting Hever Castle by car, you’ll be happy to hear that there is free parking on site. During the high season, there are staff monitoring the car park and directing traffic so you will be shown to a designated parking space.
Just across the road from the main entrance to the castle you’ll find the village church, inside which lies the Bolelyn family burial, although Anne herself is buried at the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London. By the church you will also find a pub, aptly named the King Henry VIII, which is a great spot to grab lunch if you don’t bring a picnic to eat in the vast gardens of the castle.