In centuries past the Brits were great for pounding their chests in the face of their French rivals, and Blenheim Palace is all about that. Here is a sculptural detail on top of a double column in the main courtyard at Blenheim. A closer look shows that the Lion, (symbol of England) is mauling and about to devour a bird (symbol of France). Take THAT French!
Here is the main body of Blenheim Palace. Being there is similar to standing in front of the Vatican in that the main structure sits in front of you, and you are enclosed (hugged if you will) by two wings on each side. The setting is awesome.