Eltham Palace and Gardens

Eltham Palace and Gardens Art Deco meets Medieval and Tudor with gardens full of wonderful surprises
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Immerse yourself in 1930s Art Deco decadence at Eltham Palace, one of the most enchanting visitor attractions in London. Built by the wealthy Courtauld family next to the remains of Eltham Palace, childhood home of Henry VIII, it’s among the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in England. The stunning entrance hall, marvellous panelled dining room, luxurious bathroom, and the magnificent medieval Great Hall, are just some of the highlights. And with its beautiful gardens, and plenty of places for a picnic, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Full of wonderful surprises, Eltham Palace is the perfect choice for a great day out in South London.

Looking for some lunchtime reading? Take a break and discover how the Courtaulds lavished attention on their much-indulg...
08/04/2020
Mah-Jongg, the Eltham Palace Lemur

Looking for some lunchtime reading?

Take a break and discover how the Courtaulds lavished attention on their much-indulged ring-tailed lemur , Mah-Jongg, in the 1930s. ➡️ https://eht.social/338Mu3n

How Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, owners of Eltham Palace in south London, lavished attention – and interior designers – on their much-indulged ring-tailed lemur in the 1930s.

As you can't visit at the moment, we thought we'd share some of our favourite spots with you for some much needed Monday...
06/04/2020

As you can't visit at the moment, we thought we'd share some of our favourite spots with you for some much needed Monday motivation! 💪

Where are your favourite places at Eltham Palace to wander around?

Have you had to take anything unusual home with you to continue your work? Tell us in the comments!From herding sheep an...
03/04/2020

Have you had to take anything unusual home with you to continue your work? Tell us in the comments!

From herding sheep and planting 100 grapevines, some of our fellow English Heritage colleagues have had to take history into their own hands to ensure essential works continue while our historic sites are closed.

Find out more ➡️ https://eht.social/2JCOBTX

Missing walks around the Palace grounds in the sunshine? ☀️Join our landscape advisor, Emily to learn more about the gar...
02/04/2020

Missing walks around the Palace grounds in the sunshine? ☀️

Join our landscape advisor, Emily to learn more about the gardens in our care from the rarest plant in English Heritage's collection to the most eccentric gardener via Google Arts & Culture ➡️ https://eht.social/39u8OG8

31/03/2020
What Was Life Like? Episode 11: Meet King Henry VIII

Looking for a fun way to learn about Henry VIII with the kids at home?

Find out what Henry VIII was famous for as we step back in time to visit his childhood home at Eltham Palace. Discover what it was like to work for the king in a Tudor castle, learn the story behind his six wives and find out what’s involved in medieval archery.

https://eht.social/2Uxquwu

Find out what Henry VIII, King of England was famous for, as young English Heritage Members Damon and Amelia step back in time to visit his childhood home at...

While you might not be able to visit us at the moment, we'd love to hear your favourite memories from your visits!Tell u...
30/03/2020

While you might not be able to visit us at the moment, we'd love to hear your favourite memories from your visits!

Tell us about your relaxing walks, your best-loved room to wander around and the events you enjoyed the most. Don't forget to share your photos with us, we love to see them!

Missing Eltham Palace and craving a wander around our splendid Art Deco mansion (all from the comfort of your own home)?...
28/03/2020

Missing Eltham Palace and craving a wander around our splendid Art Deco mansion (all from the comfort of your own home)?

Explore the beautiful architecture and state of the art technology via Google Arts & Culture ➡️ https://eht.social/2JnRzvD

You might not be able to come to us at the moment, but we can still come to you: stay tuned over the next few weeks, as ...
27/03/2020

You might not be able to come to us at the moment, but we can still come to you: stay tuned over the next few weeks, as we'll do the best we can to continue sharing the interesting stories about our stunning site.

In the meantime, why not find out about the history of Eltham Palace? ➡️ https://eht.social/2R8NJwJ

ℹ️ In line with government guidelines, our staffed sites remain closed. It’s now clear that we’ll not be able to re-open...
18/03/2020

ℹ️ In line with government guidelines, our staffed sites remain closed. It’s now clear that we’ll not be able to re-open on 1 May as we’d originally hoped. Instead we’ll re-open as soon as government advice allows and only when we can ensure everyone’s safety.

Did you know that Eltham Palace is just a stone's throw away from central London? Take a break from the city with a day ...
13/03/2020

Did you know that Eltham Palace is just a stone's throw away from central London?

Take a break from the city with a day out to our extensive historic grounds and Art Deco mansion!

Plan your visit ➡️ https://eht.social/2ZdMPiy

Looking for something to do this weekend?🗺️ Discover the Map Room where the Courtauld's planned their extensive global t...
12/03/2020

Looking for something to do this weekend?

🗺️ Discover the Map Room where the Courtauld's planned their extensive global travels
✈️ Burn off energy in our unique travel-themed play area and expansive grounds
☕ Treat yourself to something tasty in our cafe

Plan your visit ➡️ https://eht.social/2JnvVti

Happy International Women's Day! 🎉From great medieval queens to nurses in the First World War, the role of women through...
08/03/2020
Women in History

Happy International Women's Day! 🎉

From great medieval queens to nurses in the First World War, the role of women throughout history has often been overlooked.

Find out more about their stories ➡️ https://eht.social/2IswHCI

From great medieval queens to nurses in the First World War, the role of women throughout English history has often been overlooked. Here we highlight some of their stories – not only the women who achieved high status and success, but also those who remain largely unnamed in history, and who have...

Did you know that in the Domesday survey of 1086, the manor of Eltham is recorded as belonging to Odo, Bishop of Bayeux,...
05/03/2020

Did you know that in the Domesday survey of 1086, the manor of Eltham is recorded as belonging to Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, half-brother of William the Conqueror?

Come and discover the Palace's history ➡️ http://bit.ly/2uWN47J

Happy March! 🌷From Women's History Month to Mother's Day, plan your month with our handy list of the best things to do. ...
03/03/2020
Top 5 Things To Do in March - English Heritage Blog

Happy March! 🌷

From Women's History Month to Mother's Day, plan your month with our handy list of the best things to do. Tag a friend and plan a day out together!

Find out more ➡️ http://bit.ly/38ogNEl

Winter is waning and spring is on the way. As the days get longer and the weather warms, it's a great time to head out to England's historic places.

On this day, the 27th February 1883, Stephen Lewis Courtauld was born in Bocking, Braintree, Essex in to the wealthy tex...
27/02/2020

On this day, the 27th February 1883, Stephen Lewis Courtauld was born in Bocking, Braintree, Essex in to the wealthy textile manufacturing family. Although he was most famous for being responsible for the building of the Art Deco mansion in Eltham with his wife Virginia it is easy to forget his impeccable record during The Great War.
His service started on 5th August 1914 with The London Regiment (Artist Rifles) as a private and he was demobbed on 6th February 1919 from the Machine Gun Corps as Major Stephen Courtauld. He was certified A1 medically and gave his occupation as 'Cotton Seed Delinter'.
For more history click on the link below.➡️
https://bit.ly/38ExKen

For all you classical music fans, Lewisham Choral Society will be performing the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 in the Great...
26/02/2020

For all you classical music fans, Lewisham Choral Society will be performing the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 in the Great Hall on Sunday 8th March starting around 1:15pm. There will be two half hour sets with a 20 minute intermission.
Conducted by Dan Ludford-Thomas, they will also be appearing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Wednesday 18th March at 7:30pm so come to Eltham Palace and see them first.
For other events please click on the link below.➡️
https://bit.ly/3ahiqoH

Did you know that during our winter opening hours, the palace undergoes a  programme of conservation repair and cleaning...
25/02/2020

Did you know that during our winter opening hours, the palace undergoes a programme of conservation repair and cleaning work? 🧽🧹

Find out more about all the different types of conservation work that go on at English Heritage ➡️ https://eht.social/2HRBnCb

23/02/2020

Which is your favourite room to wander around at the palace?

Take a look this weekend ➡️ bit.ly/elthampalace

Did you know that nearly 80 years after the Courtaulds left Eltham, conservators discovered intriguing scraps of maps on...
22/02/2020

Did you know that nearly 80 years after the Courtaulds left Eltham, conservators discovered intriguing scraps of maps on the walls of a storeroom?

They found the room covered in colour with 11 maps of places all over the globe on the wall. They were painted onto lining paper and were extremely fragile in places.

After 1600 hours of meticulous and delicate work, the conservators brought the colours back to life. Come and see ➡️ https://eht.social/2ZdMPiy

Don't forget we are open every day this half term (until 23 Feb).Take a wander around our grounds and immerse yourself i...
21/02/2020

Don't forget we are open every day this half term (until 23 Feb).

Take a wander around our grounds and immerse yourself in the splendour of our Art Deco mansion.

And let your little ones have a go at our Get Hands on with History activities and join our Medieval storytelling sessions.

Find out more ➡️ https://eht.social/2Oteoki

Discover English Heritage's top 5 things to do in February!Our favourites include:🌟 Our fun Get Hands on with History ac...
20/02/2020
Top 5 Things To Do in February - English Heritage Blog

Discover English Heritage's top 5 things to do in February!

Our favourites include:

🌟 Our fun Get Hands on with History activities this half term
🌟 Wintery walks around our grounds
🌟 Warming up with a hot drink in our cosy cafe

What are yours?

It’s a leap year, which means there’s a whole extra day to enjoy England’s historic places this month! From getting hands-on through the ages to cooking up Victorian pancakes for Shrove Tuesday, here’s our top 5 things to do with … Continue reading →

On this day, 18th February 1840, Jeffry Wyatville, the surveyor to King George IV died and he was buried in St George's ...
18/02/2020

On this day, 18th February 1840, Jeffry Wyatville, the surveyor to King George IV died and he was buried in St George's Chapel, Windsor. It was he that planned to remove the magnificent hammerbeam roof at Eltham Palace and install it in the remodelled St George's Hall, also at Windsor Castle although It was found to be rotten and further damaged during a great storm, and eventually restored by public subscription in the 1840's.
Come along and have a look for yourself at this beautiful piece of craftsmanship. For opening times click on the link below.➡️
https://bit.ly/2GZaYBI

Eltham Palace and gardens will be open today but this will be delayed until 11am due to the high winds. Come along and j...
16/02/2020

Eltham Palace and gardens will be open today but this will be delayed until 11am due to the high winds. Come along and join us for our 'Get Hands on History' event for the children including exciting tales of dashingly good heroes and scandalous villains. Click on the link for more details.➡️
https://bit.ly/2SyL5zw

Eltham Palace is open EVERY day until Friday 28th February so whether you're a fan of  the medieval Great Hall, the stun...
16/02/2020

Eltham Palace is open EVERY day until Friday 28th February so whether you're a fan of the medieval Great Hall, the stunning Art Deco interiors or the beautiful award winning gardens, come and see us between 10am and 4pm.
For more details click on the link below.
https://bit.ly/2Hqeoha

Happy Valentine's Day! 💓What's the most romantic gesture someone has ever done for you? Here at Eltham Palace, Henry IV ...
14/02/2020

Happy Valentine's Day! 💓

What's the most romantic gesture someone has ever done for you? Here at Eltham Palace, Henry IV once built two-storey lodgings for the queen, Joan of Navarre! 🏠

Find out more ➡️ https://eht.social/2ZdMPiy

⚠️ Due to the current weather warnings of strong winds on Saturday 15th February 2020, Eltham Palace and Gardens will be...
14/02/2020

⚠️ Due to the current weather warnings of strong winds on Saturday 15th February 2020, Eltham Palace and Gardens will be closed. This will include the café and Visitor Centre. ⚠️

Please check the English Heritage website (https://eht.social/2ZdMPiy) and page for updates regarding the rest of the weekend.

Did you catch our Facebook live this morning?Find out more about the fascinating story behind Virginia's opulent telepho...
14/02/2020

Did you catch our Facebook live this morning?

Find out more about the fascinating story behind Virginia's opulent telephone ☎️ which was saved from a skip in our blog post! ➡️ https://eht.social/39wtsG2

13/02/2020
Eltham Palace tour

This Valentine's Day, join us live from the glamorous and romantic bedrooms at Eltham Palace. ❤️ Take a peak inside Virginia and Stephen Courtauld's adjoining ensuite rooms – sounds like the key to a happy relationship to us! – and drop your questions in the comments. 👇

Don’t forget to come along this February half term to our Get Hands on with History activities Sat 15 Feb – Sun 23 Feb.J...
13/02/2020

Don’t forget to come along this February half term to our Get Hands on with History activities Sat 15 Feb – Sun 23 Feb.

Join us to hear tales of dashingly good heroes and scandalous villains, learn courtly etiquette and have a go at our weapon training session.

Please note that there are some train disturbances during this week so you may want to come by car. See our directions page ➡️ https://eht.social/37kjINz

On this day, 12th February 1554, Lady Jane Grey, Queen for nine days was executed at the Tower of London after months of...
12/02/2020

On this day, 12th February 1554, Lady Jane Grey, Queen for nine days was executed at the Tower of London after months of imprisonment in the Gentleman Gaoler's Apartment. She was succeeded by Mary 1st who visited Eltham Palace several times, often with her younger sister, Elizabeth.
On one occasion she rode through the hunting parks of the palace to the chimes of the bells of the church in Eltham.
For more history click on the link below.
➡️ https://bit.ly/38nKTIz

Due to the adverse weather conditions Eltham Palace will be closed today, 9th February 2020. We apologise for any inconv...
09/02/2020

Due to the adverse weather conditions Eltham Palace will be closed today, 9th February 2020. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Looking for something to do this February half term?Come along to our Get Hands on with History activities. Join our med...
04/02/2020

Looking for something to do this February half term?

Come along to our Get Hands on with History activities. Join our medieval story-telling sessions, have a go at courtly etiquette lessons and test your skills in our weapon training activities.

Sat 15 - Sun 23 Feb 2020 ➡️ https://eht.social/2Oteoki

We've all been working really hard in preparation for the February half term when Eltham Palace will be open every day f...
04/02/2020

We've all been working really hard in preparation for the February half term when Eltham Palace will be open every day from Saturday 15th to Friday 28th this month. Even Mah-Jongg, the Courtauld's pet ring tailed lemur grabbed a duster and did some conservation housekeeping. For details of opening please click on the link below. ➡️
https://bit.ly/31o50DU

During the 1930's Stephen and Virginia employed ten permanent live in members of house staff and we use what used to be ...
30/01/2020

During the 1930's Stephen and Virginia employed ten permanent live in members of house staff and we use what used to be their bedrooms as office space. Recently the curator applied these lovely signs to the doors which we think are great fun. Which one do you think is the main office? For more history of the house click the link below.
https://bit.ly/2OanimT

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Paramedic Chris children's books are based upon real life emergency calls I have attended as part of my work as voluntary chaplain to the ambulance service. Episode one is based upon a hoax call and episode two is based upon a call to an elderly patient suffering from loneliness. Episode three is out in January based upon bullying.
Beautiful historic place! reference art deco! often used in movies and tv series! beautiful garden! a unique place to visit absolutely
Something cool in the drawing room....
Delightful Day last bank holiday monday
We painted these here today and hid around the grounds
Brilliant day spent at Eltham Palace. Buildings, art, grounds, excellent 😊
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Such a beautiful wedding!
I was wondering if you could tell me how much tickets are and how it works if you're disabled and need carers to help you around the site? Also how much is wheelchair accessible or is it in the lower parts of the garden? Thank you.
What a wonderful place! Visited with my best friend on Thursday and enjoyed the house and gardens immensely. A fantastic audio guide, knowledgeable volunteers and a satisfying lunch all served to make the day a memorable one. I cannot recommend this enchanting venue highly enough.
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