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“Lovely park by the river with grand ecclesiastical house.”
Review of Fulham Palace

Fulham Palace
Ranked #451 of 1,610 things to do in London
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Owner description: The site of Fulham Palace was occupied during the Neolithic, Iron Age and Roman periods, probably because of its location next to an important Thames crossing. From medieval times the site was encircled by the longest domestic moat in England. You can still see part of the moat at the entrance to the Palace. Since 704 AD Fulham Palace has been the property of the Bishops of London. The Palace was their summer home. The last bishop moved out of Fulham Palace in 1973. Today Fulham Palace is run by Fulham Palace Trust, a registered charity, established in 2011. The Palace botanical gardens, including our recently restored 18th Century Walled Garden, and Drawing Room Cafe are open daily, our museum opens five afternoons a week. Admission to the Palace and its garden is free. The Palace is also a popular venue for school and tour groups and for private events such as weddings, celebrations and corporate events.
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“Lovely park by the river with grand ecclesiastical house.”
Reviewed March 5, 2013 via mobile

People from the Putney/Fulham area have known of this little gem for years ,and kept it to themselves.Fulham Palace ( that's in the church sense of the word ,not royal ) is set in the grounds of the appropriately named Bishop's Park ,which meanders for a mile or so alongside the north bank of the Thames from Putney Bridge,enter from Putney Bridge.The grounds are not overly landscaped or manicured : indeed the walled garden has been pretty stripped back as part of a regeneration project.Formerly the London residence of the bishops of London ,when they stopped living here I suspect a lot of the grandiose church trappings went with them , though its still worth visiting if only for the courtyards and the most pleasing small chapel.Not to mention the extremely pleasant faux period tea room ,excellent cakes by the way ,though on the day we went it was sunny and the outdoor area is a natural sun trap.we felt socially excluded as we did not seem to have either a laptop or the requisite 2.4 children in a buggie,it being a favourite spot for the area nannies. Sunny day stroll by the river with a period house to view for free,how bad can that be ?

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“photos of Fulham Palace”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

here are some snaps of the recently renovated Fulham Palace Gardens. The Walled Garden was completely renovated, it now encloses working glasshouses and a more secluded area of the park.

Visited August 2012
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“great spot for a sunny day with kids”
Reviewed March 26, 2012

I live here in Fulham, right beside this beautiful place and have been visiting it for many years.
There are several aspects to it:
The park: the Palace sits in Bishops Park, which has just been comprehensively restored. The facilities are generally excellent, there are lots of tennis courts (look on the hammersmith and fulham website for the number to book one), a really good kids playground (with LOADS of kids, though) and lots of space to sit out.
Kids: if you have kids and if it's a sunny day, you're made. The area beside the Palace is fairly well enclosed with natural borders so it's easy to keep an eye on kids. On a sunny day you can join hundreds of locals and have a picnic on the grass. There's no charge to do this.
Cafe: Like most things London (and especially Fulham) the price is more remarkable than the quality of the food. There's an excellent terrace which is SouthEast facing and thus is sun drenched on nice days.
The cafe franchise holders turn over practically every year or two so maybe this latest one is going to crack it...
Museum: This used to be run by locals, and would not meet the usual expectations of what you might thing a museum ought to be. Visited it once and it felt a bit "home made" but maybe it has been upgraded too.
One other thing I learned yesterday, there's a church beside the Palace which was used in the Omen...it's actually really charming, maybe the demons have moved to Westminster?
It asks about fees below, there aren't any to visit the park and the grounds but if you go into the "museum" there is.

Makes a great day out.

Visited March 2012
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“Museum about the Bishop Of London set in a Grade 1 listed building.”
Reviewed December 8, 2009

This building used to be the palace of the Bishop of London.It is a very impressive building.It was commenced in Tudor times and added to in the Georgian and Victorian eras.Coming into the inner courtyard you have an idea what it would have been like for Elizabeth 1 when she came here to dine.The explanations of the history of the building are extremely interesting.The exhibits in the museum are only going to be of interest if you are keen on ecclesiastical history or religious artefacts.It took me about 45 minutes to go round.The only sour note was that the catering staff would not let me eat my sandwich brought from home without buying something from the cafe.I can understand that if it was busy but it was empty.I had to find a quite area in another part of the building.

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