Independent Schools Cultural Alliance - ISCA – Summer Programs in the UK

ISCA Visit Blenheim Palace and Oxford 2014

Our journey today took us Northwards into historic Oxfordshire. We started at Blenheim Palace, home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Upon entering the grounds we were first struck by the stunning parkland designed by the famous landscape artist ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th Century. Once we had entered the house we were led through the magnificent State Rooms, where we saw the exquisite collection of portraits, furniture, tapestries and porcelain. After Blenheim we took the short trip to Oxford; The City of Dreaming Spires. There our well-informed guides took us round the city and told us the history of Oxford University. We walked past some of the 38 different colleges, saw the Bodleian library, the Martyrs’ Memorial and the gargoyles based upon Lewis Carroll characters among other sights.