Spring bulbs on their way in the toasty warm vinery today: Narcissus ‘Minnow’, Narcissus cyclamineus ‘Tete-a-Tete’ and some Tulipa chrysantha 🌱🌷🌼
Historical Palace with a museum, courtyard, botanic garden (including walled garden) and café. We have regular tours and hold public events including theatre & concerts.
Entry is free. We are also a venue for weddings, parties & corporate events. 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 or earlier the site was encircled by the longest domestic moat in England. You can still see part of the moat as you enter across the bridge at the main entrance of the site. Since 704 AD Fulham Palace has been the property of the Bishops of London. Each Bishop made their own mark on the Palace, from making changes to the building to planting one of the first botanic gardens in London. The last Bishop of London to live at the Palace moved out in 1973. Today Fulham Palace is run by Fulham Palace Trust, a registered charity, established in 2011. There is a wealth of things to see and do; explore our historic rooms, find our more about the Palace’s past in the museum, have lunch in the drawing room café or relax in the beautiful walled garden. Admission to the Palace is free of charge (except for special tours and events).
Spring bulbs on their way in the toasty warm vinery today: Narcissus ‘Minnow’, Narcissus cyclamineus ‘Tete-a-Tete’ and some Tulipa chrysantha 🌱🌷🌼
Happy #NationalBirdDay ! Did you know that the earliest turkey bones in London were found on our site? 🦃 You may (or may not) have overindulged in this bird recently, so here are some fun facts:
Nearly 5,000 animal bones were collected in the dovecote archaeology dig at Fulham Palace in 2017. A significant proportion of the bones were located together and date from 1480 to 1550. They were probably dumped in the (excavated) ditch from the Palace's kitchens. The bones are from many different types of animals and birds.
The main part of the medieval diet appears similar to ours today with many pig, sheep and cattle bones appearing in the finds. However, some of the bones reflect the diet of a high status family (such as the Bishop of London) and include luxury foodstuffs such as venison, pheasant and salmon.
We found a large number of rabbit and chicken bones and a pottery chicken feeder, suggesting that chickens were kept domestically on the estate. Chicks might have been fed to birds of prey; raptor bones were also found suggesting that falconry took place at Fulham Palace!
When our museum can safely reopen, come visit these turkey bones and learn more about the bishops who lived here since 704 AD. 🦃
Happy New Year from us all at Fulham Palace! Our garden remains open daily for you to enjoy and before we know it, the summer colours will be here again. Thank you for all your support during this challenging year! 🍾
What a beautiful frosty start to this bank holiday! If you're planning a wintry walk in our garden, you might find our latest blog post useful: garden apprentice Annette Förger shows us that there is still so much to see and smell in the winter garden, you just have to know where to look.
Happy holidays from all of us at Fulham Palace! To help you get in the...spirit, community archaeologist Alexis Haslam has a spooky reading of a Victorian Christmas ghost story for you, written by young members of the Blomfield family who lived at the Palace between 1828-1856 🎄👻 https://youtu.be/eXP5ySZ5vJc
Community archaeologist Alexis Haslam stumbled upon a mysterious old book in our library and found it was a handwritten Victorian notebook full of tales writ...
Our garden is open throughout the festive period for wintry walks, and on Christmas Day and Boxing Day the walled garden will be open 11.00-15.45 🎄
You have until 14.30 TODAY to order from our online shop for click and collect and the last collection date is Sunday 20 December (click and collect is free and you can fit in a visit to our garden while you're here)! 😍 Shop here for last minute gifts - every purchase supports the Palace: https://fulhampalace.digitickets.co.uk/category/27261?navItem=146789 🎄
Our gardens are open and so is our walled garden barrow in the vinery: treat yourself to some enormous sprouts, courtesy of the Fulham Palace garden team (£2 each, while stocks last, open 11.00-15.00 today)! 😍
Although our museum and historic rooms are now closed, you can still come to the garden to enjoy the fresh December air.
You can still order gifts to click and collect from our online shop - the last collection date before Christmas is Sunday 20 December.
From tomorrow our cafe will be open for takeaway only, from 9.30 - 16.00.
View Gift shop for Fulham Palace online. Digitickets is the Official Online Seller for Fulham Palace tickets and we can save you both time and money when buying in advance online.
'Tis the season for eating, drinking and giving! 🎄When Bishop King died in 1621 he left £20 to give bread and beef to the poor, equivalent to around £5,500 today.
By 1821 the charity DEBK was well established, and the amount had risen to £75 (£8,300) to feed needy Fulhamites on Xmas Eve.
DEBK Fulham Charity are still going strong today!
There is nothing better at Christmas than a warm, cosy fire! Here in our great hall is a Yule log - and no, it isn't edible! 🎄
The earliest documented references to Yule logs date back to the Tudor period. The Yule log would be brought into the home on Christmas Eve and decorated with ribbons, branches, dried berries or other natural decorations found outside.
Once placed on the fire, the log was expected to burn from Christmas Eve until Christmas night - so it had to be big! Some traditions state the log must be large enough to burn for the entire 12 days of Christmas. Many believed that if the Yule log was to burn out before the end of Christmas, bad luck would follow.
Families would gather around and watch it burn as some believed their fortune and futures could be predicted by counting the sparks of the burning log!
After the Yule log had burned until the end of the festivities, it was important to keep some of the remains these would be kept until the following year to help light the new log. Visit our Yule log by booking a free ticket to our museum and historic rooms - open Thursday to Sunday, 12.00-16.00 until 20 December, they are decked out in festive finery!
There is one week left to buy from our online shop if you need UK delivery (order by 17 Dec)! 🎁
Or you can visit the museum shop in person, open 12.00-16.00 Thursday-Sunday (entry via the glass doors to the café) and enjoy the historic surroundings of the Porteus library 📚
Our last museum and shop open day before Christmas will be Sunday 20 December!
We have some last minute availability for our cosy Christmas craft workshops tomorrow at 10.30-12.00 and 14.00-15.30! 😍🎄
Book by 17.00 today for a delightful morning/afternoon of creating paper craft and rustic tree decorations, with Christmas tunes and mince pies included: https://fulhampalace.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/30392?catID=29855
Thank you to all our Christmas fair attendees, stallholders, volunteers, staff, elves and Father Christmas himself for making this weekend so much fun! Tag us in your Christmas fair pics, we would love to see them 🥰🎄
We have just released more tickets for our Christmas fair! Come along today, 9.00-17.00, to browse beautiful gifts and enjoy fine food and drinks in our festively decorated historic rooms! (Our café is serving mulled wine) 🎄
Get your free tickets here: https://fulhampalace.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/31488?catID=30978
This International Volunteer Day we celebrate the lifeblood of our organisation: our fantastic, fun, irreplaceable volunteers! ❤️ From gardening to working in archive research, giving tours and helping visitors in the museum, our volunteers give so much back to the community. Due to current government restrictions, volunteering applications are on hold, but keep an eye on our website for volunteering opportunities as they arise: https://www.fulhampalace.org/get-involved/volunteer-at-fulham-palace/
Garden apprentice Millie Woodley picked a prickly plant for December's plant of the month blog - the beloved festive holly!
Pick out your own Fulham Palace holly wreath at our Christmas fair this weekend from 9.00-17.00, along the main drive 😍🎄
This weekend you can buy your very own Fulham Palace Christmas wreaths, handmade by our garden team! 🎄 You will find food and drink stalls, trees and wreaths for sale on our main drive. There are still spaces to visit our museum, too: https://fulhampalace.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/30103?catID=29571
It is #GivingTuesday! As we enter the festive season you can spark some joy by taking part in history that never stands still. We invite you to participate in our Christmas raffle for a chance win some holiday cheer: https://fulhampalace.digitickets.co.uk/category/31405
Check out our online shop for delightful stocking goodies: https://fulhampalace.digitickets.co.uk/category/27261
If you are just looking to spread the love, you can make a donation here: https://www.fulhampalace.org/support-us/donate/
Generosity like yours means charities like us can continue to bring smiles to members of our community by helping us run our historic house and garden for everyone to enjoy. Happy Holidays! 😍🎄
This week the The Tree Council is hosting National Tree Week and we are celebrating our 500 year old holm oak (Quercus ilex), one of the Great Trees of London! Garden apprentice Millie Woodley paid the venerable giant a visit in her latest blog post: https://www.fulhampalace.org/news/holm-sweet-holm/
Happy Museum Shop Sunday !
Pick up quirky, cultured gifts for everyone on your list while supporting museums during lockdown:
Get 15% off our Christmas range in our online shop, all the way through Cyber Monday tomorrow: 😻 https://tinyurl.com/y3zns853
Black Friday weekend is here! Support the Palace and local small businesses through your (discounted) purchases- everyone wins!
Get 15% off all Christmas stock (like this beautiful card by local Fulhamite Rosemary Brook Arbiter ) in our online shop all weekend (discount will be automatically applied at checkout): https://tinyurl.com/y4wtvjy4
Our newest garden apprentice, Millie Woodley, has written a blog about her first week working at the Palace! Read all about her experience here:
Get your very own enormous Fulham Palace sprouts from our market barrow today, open 11.00-15.00 in the vinery! (Garden apprentice Millie for scale.) How do you like your sprouts? 😍
Our Christmas raffle is now live! Buy one ticket for £2 or three tickets for £5 for your chance to win some fabulous festive cheer - there are over 40 prizes to be won, from hats to hampers: https://fulhampalace.digitickets.co.uk/category/31405
See the full list: https://www.fulhampalace.org/news/christmas-raffle/
Huge thanks to our partners who donated raffle prizes, some of whom are listed below:
Mu Du London
Wild Scents Botanics
Patch & Co. Frames
An errant emu?! Jo Williamson Illustration shows us how to draw Colenso on a dash through a Victorian garden party from our new children's book The Palace Cat: adventures in time at Fulham Palace!
Grab your own copy here: https://tinyurl.com/yxqz3gvq
Thanks to https://araldesign.uk/ Imogen White and National Lottery Heritage Fund for this fabulous book!
As part of #AskAConservator day, our collections and conservation assistant Roxane Burke has written a blog the recent book security project in the Porteus library, completed with the help of Sussex Conservation Consortium: https://www.fulhampalace.org/news/cover-to-cover/
When we reopen after lockdown you can visit the Porteus library as part of your museum visit, or via the café!
Photo courtesy of http://www.sussexconservationconsortium.co.uk/
This Wednesday is #AskAConservator day and your chance to ask our team all your burning conservation questions 🤔
From polishing antique silver to prettifying portraits (or this 17th century plasterwork face), start asking your questions now and we will answer them on 18 November! (You can comment below, or send us a direct message)
The purrrrfect gift for any felines in your life: uber-talented garden volunteer Sarah has created a range of delightful mice stuffed with catnip grown in our garden, which are for sale on the walled garden barrow for £3!
Visit the barrow in our vinery 11-15.00 Tues-Saturday 🐭
The Acer griseum, or paperbark maple, is native to central China and was only introduced to this country in 1901. It has such fabulous foliage and brilliant bark that it has since earned the RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Come visit our paperbark behind the Victorian chapel, in all its November glory!
Garden apprentice Annette Förger shows us that November leaves aren't the only colourful displays in our garden this month, as autumnal flowers abound! 😍🌼🍂
Read all about them on her latest blog:
Our garden is open from dawn until dusk, and the walled garden from 10.15-15.45 every day. Come say hello to Sparmannia africana in the pollinators border!
🎄 Book your free ticket for our fine food and gifts outdoor/indoor Christmas market on 5 and 6 December, perfect for buying some thoughtful presents for everyone on your list!
We have put a number of precautions in place to follow government guidance in light of Coronavirus, including managing numbers into the event, so you need to pre-book your time slot. We are mindful that government guidance may change in the lead up to this event, and if so we may need to cancel it at late notice. If this happens, we will be in touch with you via the email address you provide when you book.
Book here: https://tinyurl.com/yyb45ojo
Whilst Fulham Palace is (temporarily) closed, why not visit us via Zoom?
From solars to stone galleries, join community archaeologist Alexis on Nov 11 at 19.00 as he explores the complex architecture and what it can tell us about the Palace's long and fascinating history.
We'll be drawing the first winning ticket for the Palace honey raffle on Friday 13 November!🐝
For £2 you can help support the Palace and bee in it to win it 🍯
If you haven't got your ticket already, find them on our online shop:
(Photo by Jack McGuire Photography)
Our café will be serving takeaway food and drinks this weekend from 9.00-15.30 to fuel your garden strolls ☕
Whet your appetite with our menu here:
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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 or earlier the site was encircled by the longest domestic moat in England. You can still see part of the moat as you enter across the bridge at the main entrance of the site.
Since 704 AD Fulham Palace has been the property of the Bishops of London. Each Bishop made their own mark on the Palace, from making changes to the building to planting one of the first botanic gardens in London. The last Bishop of London to live at the Palace moved out in 1973.
Today Fulham Palace is run by Fulham Palace Trust, a registered charity, established in 2011.
There is a wealth of things to see and do; explore our historic rooms, find our more about the Palace’s past in the museum, have lunch in the drawing room café or relax in the beautiful walled garden.
Admission to the Palace is free of charge (except for special tours and events).