The Churchill Tour
The Churchills, have origins in south-west England in medieval and Tudor times. From this early standing their fortunes changed during the English Civil War when the first Sir Winston pledged his loyalty to King Charles I and, subsequently, when John Churchill won a great victory at Blenheim on behalf of Queen Anne and was appointed Duke of Marlborough. Their descendants, including the 20th Century Sir Winston Churchill and Pamela Harriman Churchill, have close links with many places in southern England and with the United States where both had political and social connections.
On this tour you could:
Make a private visit to Minterne House in Dorset where the first Winston Churchill, father of the first Duke of Marlborough, lived at the time of the English Civil War.
Discover the story of Pamela Harriman, born at Minterne who married Randolph Churchill during WW2 and went on to be U.S Ambassador to Paris: a world changing woman of her time.
Visit a choice of military sites on the Dorset Coast where Sir Winston Churchill came to see his innovative military and technological ideas tried out.
Explore the Tank Museum, Bovington to discover Churchill’s role in the invention of the battlefield tank.
Discover the role of the first Duke of Marlborough in the defeat of the Monmouth Rebellion at the last set-piece battle on English soil with a visit to Sedgemoor in Somerset.
Add another day to visit the magnificent Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, home of the Duke of Marlborough, and the village church at Bladon nearby, where Churchill is buried.