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Eltham Palace and Gardens
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Ranked #85 of 1,695 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed January 29, 2013

Eltham Palace is wonderfully restored and has a fascinating history. The downstairs hallway for which it is famous is absolutely beautiful as are the rest of the rooms. I think this is a particularly interesting place to visit because the family story (the Courtaulds of haberdashery empire and then philanthropic art fame) is relatively recent (20th century), so you really do feel as if you are stepping back to when they were there and experiencing precisely what they experienced. The best English Heritage venue we have been to, and we can't wait to go back in spring.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

A wonderful example of Art Deco.
Definately worth a visit. Easy parking, cafe, garden and small but perfectly restored house.
You can really imagine living here in the past - make sure you take time to watch the short film show upstairs - perfectly brings it all to life.
The gardens are elegant and beautiful, the house is facinating and although the tea room is probably the least attractive in a National Heritage house that I've visited, it is more than adequate. The whole property is run with respect and care, and staffed by helpful, happy and informative.
Set in beautiful countryside, despite being so close to town - leave time for a good walk from here around the local area.
Local pubs were not good on our visit - best eat in the cafe at Eltham Palace!

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Reviewed January 12, 2013 via mobile

The visit her was very good wonderful views from the gardens . To see this house restored is great .The restaurant us a must good food but go for afternoon tea as the cakes are to die for

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Eltham Palace is a hidden gem tucked away in zone 4 South East London. Situated just a short 10-15 minute walk from Eltham or Mottingham railway stations or, if you don't fancy the walk, take a bus for the short journey from either station.

We have visited Eltham Palace and the Tudor gardens several times over the past 5 years, both as a couple on our own and with friends and relatives who have come to stay and I can honestly report that everybody enjoyed their visit. Eltham Palace is unique as it is a rare fusion of historical King Henry VIII Tudor Hall (he used to stay there when he was a child) and classic yet opulent Art Deco design that would sit comfortably in any Hercule Poirot story. The beautiful and timeless Art Deco entrance hall was recently the backdrop of a Cheryl Cole music video and the House and grounds often play host to Art Deco antique fairs and even the Antique Roadshow I understand. Remember to collect an audio guide to tell you the story of the house and to allow yourself a little extra time to sit and watch the home movie collection of the Courtauld Family that so simply puts the spotlight on the lifestyle of the family who created this timeless modern day masterpiece. Eltham Palace has to be among the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in the whole of England today.

So if you fancy seeing something truly different, something that a lot of visitors to London never see, then take the short trip out of central London and visit Eltham Palace - I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Note: The house is managed by English Heritage so if you are member already your entrance is free otherwise you pay £9.60 for adults and £5.80 for children under 16. Check their website for Winter opening times. I would personally recommend this is a visit for the 'grown ups' as whilst children are welcome there is not much to keep them entertained so leave the kids with their grand parents and go and see it as a couple. No offence to families reading this review - we have kids ourselves so we know the score!


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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).

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