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“Leaps from Medieval to Art Deco in a single bound”

Eltham Palace and Gardens
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$80.18*
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Ranked #89 of 1,736 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed May 7, 2013

I think "palace" is a bit misleading - what is presented now is a grand and formal family home that was modernised in the 1930s. It was used in medieval times as a formal royal palace but it's no Hever Castle; however it is a really interesting mix of styles and purposes. It was even used by the Army Education Corps in wartime England.

I wish there had been more information and architecture on the Renaissance use but I understand that some ruins are not reclaimable.

The original moat has been turned into a lovely garden, some formal, some casual, and some of the original moat - complete with enormous and greedy fish - remains. the kids loved this part best of course.

Visit in spring if you can to enjoy the garden. Otherwise the house is worth a short visit to see what Downtonesque life might have been like.

One note - parking was not as generous as expected although it was free. Lots of people had to park along the side of the drive but this didn't seem to create many problems.

1  Thank MargaritaMumLondon
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

We really enjoyed the visit! Take a walk from the Mottingham Station and enjoy the nature here!The palace is lovely mix of medieval and modern. Virginia`s bedroom and bathroom are fantastic! Have a cup of tea/coffee at the orangery (tea room is overcrowded) and after visiting the Palace, do walk in the garden! It`s amazing! And going back to the Station through the car park you will pass a small park with ducks, foxes and squirrels. Very romantic atmosphere!

3  Thank Alena T
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Nicely kept gardens, decent historical home, I did not find it very interesting as it reminded me of my elderly aunt's place. You may find it a different experience but while the gardens are fabulous to look at the house is not.

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Reviewed April 13, 2013

This is a more modern palace than we have seen before. Very Art Deco, keeping the feel and the character of those that lived there. The Old Hall was a brilliant surprise. Very interesting that King Henry VIII used to stay there when a child. The use of the palace during the war was fascinating, especially as burn marks are still visible in on the balcony in the Old Hall. The audio guide made the visit much more interesting. Lovely grounds to walk around. Well worth a visit.

2  Thank Sue P
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

A great Art Deco house not to be missed by fans. The central round hall is fantastic with authentic furniture and carpets. The old palace hall is a historical surprise. Beautiful gardens. Well worth the short trip out of central London.

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