Visit two historic houses in the heart of England

Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon Manor

Gardens at Blenheim Palace

Gardens at Blenheim Palace

The group teams from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire and Waddesdon Manor nearby in Buckinghamshire have joined together with GTO Magazine to invite you on a special readers’ day to explore these outstanding and culturally important houses.

During the day, readers will find out the latest information about what’s on offer for groups, and how visits can be tailor-made to suit your interests.

At Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, you will discover the history of this beautiful Baroque Palace and UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as enjoying a tour of the gardens with a guide. Then, after lunch at Blenheim, spend the afternoon at Waddesdon Manor. This French renaissance style chateau was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his collection of arts, and to entertain the fashionable world.

GTOs will need to drive between the two houses after lunch. Full directions will be provided.

The Itinerary – New date to be announced

09:15    Arrive at Blenheim Palace and park in main Hensington car park and then meet at the Welcome Desk inside the Visitor Centre.
09:30    Palace State Room tour  – brief intro by Head Guide at the Palace front door followed by visit with Audio Guides.
10:30    Garden tour with private guide.
11:30    2 course hot lunch in the Indian Room, with a glass of wine and soft drinks.
13:00    Depart for Waddesdon – full instructions will be provided.
14:00    Guests arrive at Waddesdon Manor to visit the House in a self-guided tour with audio guides.
15:30    Afternoon Tea in the Manor Restaurant and free time for the gardens and shop.
17:00    Guests to depart.

Dining room at Waddesdon Manor

Dining room at Waddesdon Manor

How To Apply

Visit two historic houses in the heart of England is open to genuine GTOs looking to bring a group back in the future. GTOs may apply for a maximum of two tickets, and there are up to 30 places in total. Apply online through Go Travel Club by 22nd April or tick the box on the readers’ card included with this issue. Successful applicants will be advised by 29th April. Failure to advise us of cancellations will result in exclusion from future Readers’ Events. *If you have special access requirements please ask for advice when registering.