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Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of 18th-century baroque architecture built for the first Duke of Marlborough to celebrate victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession, in particular the Duke’s role as successful military commander at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. The palace is set in more than 2000 acres of parkland and formal gardens designed by Capability Brown.

Blenheim Palace is home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Most Blenheim Palace Literary Festival events take place in rooms at the palace – the Orangery, the Marlborough Room and the Indian Room.

The Orangery

The Orangery









The Orangery designed by Vanbrugh is a light and airy room overlooking the Duke’s private Italian Garden. It is a large venue that seats up to 270 for the biggest events at Blenheim Palace Literary Festival and also hosts the festival’s popular black tie literary dinner. It is in great demand as a venue for weddings and receptions.

The Marlborough Room

Marlborough Room









The Marlborough Room was originally the palace kitchen with three huge fireplaces and a double vaulted ceiling. It seats 130 for festival events. It is a popular venue for conferences and smaller dinners.

The Indian Room

Indian Room









The Indian Room is in a part of the palace that was originally intended to be a grotto. It was never installed and, in the 1820s, the Fifth Duke turned what was known as the Stone Gallery into three rooms. The southernmost was described as a drawing room and contained Japanese panelling and a large mural depicting tiger hunts in India. This room is now known as the Indian Room for its fine Indian-themed murals. It is used as a tea room and restaurant and enjoys views over the water terrace. It acts as a smaller, intimate venue for festival events seating 40.

The Gallery

The Gallery









The Gallery is located in the Stable Courtyard and was originally an equestrian centre. It has a beamed ceiling and is perfect for stage productions and film showings.

The Great Hall

The Great Hall









The Great Hall is the magnificent entrance to the palace. The room is 67 feet tall and is topped by a ceiling painted by Sir James Thornhill representing the successes of the first Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill.

The Long Library

The Long Library









The Long Library is thought to be the second longest room in any house in England. It is home to 10,000 books collected by the ninth Duke of Marlborough.

Macdonald Bear Hotel

The Bear













The Macdonald Bear Hotel is a four-star hotel in the centre of Woodstock that was originally a 13th-century coaching inn. It has 54 bedrooms, bar, an award-winning restaurant and meeting and conference facilities.

Blenheim Palace HSBC In partnership with HSBC Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Mary and Cecil Quillen Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission Schools and colleges programme The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Feathers Hotel The King’s Arms The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock

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Blenheim Palace HSBC In partnership with HSBC Desmond and Fiona Heyward Lady Hatch Jill Dunsmore Mary and Cecil Quillen Italian Cultural Institute Owen Mumford Schools programme partner HM Government of Gibraltar Sponsor of festival green room Gibunco Group Hedges Law Lawyers to the festival Seabourn Luxury Cruises Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller European Commission Schools and colleges programme The Oxford Times Regional media partner Bear Ram Elk Digital Strategy and Web Design Eynsham Hall Floris of London Oxford Cultural Collective Macdonald Bear Hotel Festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner Lord’s Taverners Festival sports charity partner The Feathers Hotel The King’s Arms The Sloane Club Literary Review Liaison Financial Services OX magazine K T Bruce Photography Save the Children Bookshop Experience Oxfordshire Wake up to Woodstock