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On the Easter Monday public holiday let's visit Blenheim Palace, which is a World Heritage Site located 8 miles outside of Oxford next to the village of Woodstock. It is the home of the Dukes of Marlborough, and is also famous as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Britain's Prime Minister during the Second World War. As well as visiting the museums and taking a tour of the State Rooms (containing some of the best examples of decoration in the Baroque style), we will enjoy a walk in the beautiful grounds (landscaped by the famous garden designer "Capability" Brown).
Meet at London Paddington at 8:30am. I will be wearing an orange scarf. My mobile number is 07984 257572. The meeting place is next to the Millies Cookies stall inside Paddington train station. It is opposite platform 1, and near the ticket office.
Please pay me £40 in cash when you see me at the station. This covers all train and bus travel, entrance to Blenheim Palace and gardens, and a contribution to my costs as the organiser. You will need to pay extra for food and drink.
9:06am - Train leaves Paddington
10:19am - Train arrives Oxford
We will take a bus to Woodstock and will walk to Blenheim Palace from there. We will have about 4 hours to explore the interior and gardens of the palace (lunch can be bought in the cafe inside, or you can bring sandwiches to eat in the gardens).
We will spend the remainder of the afternoon in Woodstock and Oxford before returning to London together on this train:
6:31pm - Train leaves Oxford
7:32pm - Train arrives Paddington
Blenheim Palace website (http://www.blenheimpalace.com/)
Photos from previous trip (http://www.meetup.com/London-International/photos/576002)
Weather forecast for Oxford (http://www.weather-forecast.com/locations/Oxford/forecasts/latest)