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On the Trail of Winston Churchill

England’s Churchill Trail Illuminates the Life of The World Leader who Inspired Darkest Hour

“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it,” Winston Churchill predicted.

As one of World War II’s most revered victors, Sir Winston’s droll prophesy proved only partially true, for his story is still being written. The cherub-cheeked Churchill is currently enjoying a bit of a Renaissance as screenwriters add their two cents, scoring millions at the box office with two recently released biopics: Churchill, starring Brian Cox, and Darkest Hour, for which Gary Oldman won a Best Actor Oscar statuette at the 2018 Academy Awards.

Winston Churchill, courtesy Blenheim Palace

Winston Churchill, courtesy Blenheim Palace

If these silver screen insights have sparked a desire to do a deep dive on the iconic UK statesman, there’s no better place to begin than England. Key sites around the country form what might be dubbed “the Churchill trail.” From his labyrinthine War Rooms to the baroque palace where he was born, visitors can take a closer look at his legacy—and perhaps still catch an ethereal whiff of Sir Winston’s cigar.

Read on for the scoop on must-see Winston Churchill attractions around the UK.  (more…)