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“Nice day out, not one for kids”

Eltham Palace and Gardens
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed December 1, 2012

Visited Eltham Palace on our visit to Greenwich after a recommendation. Beautiful grounds and interiors in art deco. Not a lot to do for kids who got bored quickly, but then I guess not everything has to be child friendly !! Would have made a good day out for the adults. Opening days are restrictive so be careful (Sunday only until feb 2013).

1  Thank Marco P
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

This is situated 200ft up on a hill in SE London- the great hall (medieval) can be seen from miles around (from the NW anyway).

There's quite a bit of car parking here and it's easily accessible from the A20 or A2, relatively close by. It's about 10-15 mins uphill walk from Mottingham Station (25 mins from Charing Cross) or 15 mins from Eltham Station, also uphill. Buses 161 & 126 stop outside- many more stop 5 mins away in Eltham High Street.

It's quite expensive for admission - so consider buying a 12 (+ 3 mths free) annual pass to other EH properties?

The EH staff are very friendly and helpful, and clearly care about the venue.There is a free audio tour, about 2-3 mins commentary for approx 15 rooms (forget exactly) and it gives you a good feel of the house and how it evolved into an amazing art-deco style residence. Really amazing design in the rooms and a concrete glass bricked dome. The house was / is attached to a medival great hall - restored in the 30s and later- amazing, apparently the largest hall of this era apart from Westminster Hall, seeing this alone is worth the admission. The views from the orangery attached to the hall are spectacular, from The Shard in the SW to St Paul's in the E (approx.)

The grounds are extensive, there's a moat too - with koi carp (I assume) and on a crisp fresh day (as we had) it was a nice walk. Kids would enjoy this bit but there are steep unguarded drops and deep water.

There's a nice traditional tea room which does coffee, tea and cakes - and full "english" meals, like bangers and mash etc. Very reasonable prices and it had a nice ambience.

I'd like to respectfully suggest this is not a place for childen under 10 - this is almost a living museum and there are lots of valuable artifacts and furnishings etc - and so it's not really suitable for young children- in my opinion. (There were kids there when I went and they were screaming and they were bored, it also ruins the ambience for others)

To give you an idea of the venue you need to where shoe covers (a la CSI) here and you can't touch anything. The staff were also seen cleaning up marks etc on the marble / stone floors after they were made (!)

Tip: arrive early and you can walk around, as we did, and there's no one apart from you in the room you happen to be in- makes a difference.

4  Thank robww
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

This property is managed by English Heritage and cost £9.60 for the house and garden (you can get a garden only ticket for less). We saw many people in the house with audio guides - we weren't offered this - maybe you pay more, I don't know - but I think it would have been helpful to have had one to enhance our visit. This is a gem in the heart of South East London. Whilst walking around the beautifully kept gardens, you get the odd glimpses of the Shard and Canary Wharf in the distance and it's quite surreal. The gardens aren't especially large when compared to other NT and EH sites in SE England, but there is a nice mix of formal and parkland. At this time of year, the trees are turning with autumn and they look stunning. There are also the remains of the oldest part of the building (dating back to 1300s) in the grounds. The house has had a variety of uses over its life; a palace for Kings and Queens, a home for a rich family and an educational establishment for the army. The parts of the house open to the public show some of the tudor sections, some of the art deco styling from the 1930s and how it was used by the army. A nice place to spend some time.

2  Thank AllyM810
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you want to take a trip out of London, this is a good place.
About 15 min. walking from the railway station.
Beautiful art deco palace and nice garden and surroundings

2  Thank LisaKarlstad_Sweden
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

For those of you who remember House of Elliot and who reckon Evelyn Waugn threw the best parties you'll love letting your imagination lose at Eltham Palace.

The ancient Tudor building was brought bang up to Jazz era style by the Courthauld family who covered the walls with various golden woods, installed some sensational plumbing (wait till you see the taps) and let a lemur loose in the thick piled living quarters.

This modern family's country digs were kitted out with the latest central heating but be warned, the temperature is far more Tudor and the medieval banquet hall blows a stiff breeze through the modern wing.

This is the place of Wallpaper magazine dreams: snowy upholstery, natural light falling down from a domed ceiling, Kew gardens depicted on the bedroom walls, rose pink leather and a cinema room.

Charming....and the shop had booze to sample.

2  Thank RoomWithAReview
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