Fulham Palace

Fulham Palace Historical Palace with a museum, courtyard, botanic garden (including walled garden) and café. Entry is free. Registered charity no. 1140088 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.
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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).

Operating as usual

What's this?! A lemon cream cheese frosting and nettle cake?!Why, yes it is! Nettles are full of health benefits and qui...
20/04/2021

What's this?! A lemon cream cheese frosting and nettle cake?!

Why, yes it is! Nettles are full of health benefits and quite delicious (especially when blended artfully into baked goods).

Grab a slice from our café today, open 9.30-17.00!

Star baker and café legend Vladi calls this 'your chance to take revenge on stinging nettles' for only £3.50 per 4-layer slice
👌 #springdetox

What's this?! A lemon cream cheese frosting and nettle cake?!

Why, yes it is! Nettles are full of health benefits and quite delicious (especially when blended artfully into baked goods).

Grab a slice from our café today, open 9.30-17.00!

Star baker and café legend Vladi calls this 'your chance to take revenge on stinging nettles' for only £3.50 per 4-layer slice
👌 #springdetox

Have you smelled something lovely as you enter our garden? It could be the viburnum by the Bishops' Tree, which is curre...
18/04/2021

Have you smelled something lovely as you enter our garden? It could be the viburnum by the Bishops' Tree, which is currently in full bloom (Bishop Porteus and senior gardener Pete for scale) 🌼

Have you smelled something lovely as you enter our garden? It could be the viburnum by the Bishops' Tree, which is currently in full bloom (Bishop Porteus and senior gardener Pete for scale) 🌼

Happy #Caturday ! Orange you glad it's the weekend?!
17/04/2021

Happy #Caturday ! Orange you glad it's the weekend?!

Happy #Caturday ! Orange you glad it's the weekend?!

How's this for a #TransformationPic ? Buy two packs of tomatoes in our online shop and get a FREE orange flowering dahli...
16/04/2021

How's this for a #TransformationPic ? Buy two packs of tomatoes in our online shop and get a FREE orange flowering dahlia tuber! That's £14 for 8 plants PLUS TUBER!

Plant in the ground or pot (protect from frost) and have flowers all summer long. #bargain

Get your tubers and tomatoes in our online shop here: https://tinyurl.com/t26d74s

Or stop by the barrow in the walled garden for the same great deal, from Tuesday to Saturday, 11-15.00! 🍅🍅🍅🍅🍅🍅🍅🍅🌼

On Tuesday 20 April, head gardener, Lucy will be exploring the winding history of our Palace wisteria, one of the oldest...
15/04/2021

On Tuesday 20 April, head gardener, Lucy will be exploring the winding history of our Palace wisteria, one of the oldest in London! Get your wisteria questions ready (email them to [email protected]) and get your tickets here:
https://tinyurl.com/3vap35yb

It won't be long before the walled garden is looking pretty in purple again...until then, stop by for tulips, daffodils and blossoms galore! 😍

On Tuesday 20 April, head gardener, Lucy will be exploring the winding history of our Palace wisteria, one of the oldest in London! Get your wisteria questions ready (email them to [email protected]) and get your tickets here:
https://tinyurl.com/3vap35yb

It won't be long before the walled garden is looking pretty in purple again...until then, stop by for tulips, daffodils and blossoms galore! 😍

Do you love books? So did polymath, alchemist, bibliophile and genius Dr Dee - and his precious book contained the key t...
14/04/2021

Do you love books? So did polymath, alchemist, bibliophile and genius Dr Dee - and his precious book contained the key to the universe! 🔮
Join award-winning storyteller Vanessa Woolf of London Dreamtime next Thursday for this fascinating true story via Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/2eer2srh

Do you love books? So did polymath, alchemist, bibliophile and genius Dr Dee - and his precious book contained the key to the universe! 🔮
Join award-winning storyteller Vanessa Woolf of London Dreamtime next Thursday for this fascinating true story via Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/2eer2srh

We're looking for a membership and individual giving manager to join our dedicated and friendly team!You will be an ener...
13/04/2021

We're looking for a membership and individual giving manager to join our dedicated and friendly team!

You will be an energetic and results driven graduate with highly developed communication and organisational skills and demonstrable fundraising experience. You will be keen to continue to develop your fundraising knowledge and experience in a supportive and forward thinking organisation.

If you're interested in applying, visit our website and view the job description then download and complete the application and equal opportunities forms.

Closing date: 12.00 noon, Wednesday 28 April

Find out more and apply now:https://www.fulhampalace.org/get-involved/vacancies/

We're looking for a membership and individual giving manager to join our dedicated and friendly team!

You will be an energetic and results driven graduate with highly developed communication and organisational skills and demonstrable fundraising experience. You will be keen to continue to develop your fundraising knowledge and experience in a supportive and forward thinking organisation.

If you're interested in applying, visit our website and view the job description then download and complete the application and equal opportunities forms.

Closing date: 12.00 noon, Wednesday 28 April

Find out more and apply now:https://www.fulhampalace.org/get-involved/vacancies/

12/04/2021

🚨🍅Tomato alert!🚨🍅 Head gardener Lucy reporting live from Fulham Palace vinery: tomato plants are now ready for sale by click & collect! Shop here to get your own set of four baby tom plants for £7: https://tinyurl.com/4wjm4vka

Happy #Caturday - don't work too hard 😸 Palace cat Edmund is helping in the garden, as usual, although his lack of oppos...
10/04/2021

Happy #Caturday - don't work too hard 😸 Palace cat Edmund is helping in the garden, as usual, although his lack of opposable thumbs means he's better company than gardener 👍

Happy #Caturday - don't work too hard 😸 Palace cat Edmund is helping in the garden, as usual, although his lack of opposable thumbs means he's better company than gardener 👍

Feast your eyes on our 18th century bothies outside the walled garden! Historically, a bothy was a collection of living ...
09/04/2021

Feast your eyes on our 18th century bothies outside the walled garden!

Historically, a bothy was a collection of living quarters for the gardeners. Bothies were notoriously cold, damp, and tough to live in. The bothies here at the Palace have been transformed into workrooms, break rooms and offices for our gardening team but they still retain their original charm - including wood stove heating! 🔥 One gardener was responsible for tending the fire round the clock or else the brick building would be bitterly cold.

The vinery attached to the bothy would also have been heated and allowed some rather exotic specimens to grow there. The full name, ‘the pinery vinery’, is in reference to its history as a place where the bishops of London would grow grape vines and pineapples.

#FactFriday

Feast your eyes on our 18th century bothies outside the walled garden!

Historically, a bothy was a collection of living quarters for the gardeners. Bothies were notoriously cold, damp, and tough to live in. The bothies here at the Palace have been transformed into workrooms, break rooms and offices for our gardening team but they still retain their original charm - including wood stove heating! 🔥 One gardener was responsible for tending the fire round the clock or else the brick building would be bitterly cold.

The vinery attached to the bothy would also have been heated and allowed some rather exotic specimens to grow there. The full name, ‘the pinery vinery’, is in reference to its history as a place where the bishops of London would grow grape vines and pineapples.

#FactFriday

#blossomwatch in the apple orchard!This 'Carlisle Codlin' variety was originally bred in Carlisle, Cumbria in around 183...
07/04/2021

#blossomwatch in the apple orchard!

This 'Carlisle Codlin' variety was originally bred in Carlisle, Cumbria in around 1830 and was very popular in Victorian England.

Our 'Carlisle Codlin' enjoys a scenic view of the walled garden orchard and its pink blossom turns into yellow apples in the autumn! 🌸🍏💛

#blossomwatch in the apple orchard!

This 'Carlisle Codlin' variety was originally bred in Carlisle, Cumbria in around 1830 and was very popular in Victorian England.

Our 'Carlisle Codlin' enjoys a scenic view of the walled garden orchard and its pink blossom turns into yellow apples in the autumn! 🌸🍏💛

Last year, our click & collect tomato plants were a sold out success - this year, be quick and order now to collect them...
06/04/2021

Last year, our click & collect tomato plants were a sold out success - this year, be quick and order now to collect them from Tuesday 13 April! 🍅🌱

You can choose from four different tomato variety packs containing four perfect little seedlings for only £7! 🥰

Shop the selection here: https://tinyurl.com/4wjm4vka

Available for collection only at the Fulham Palace barrow on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 11.00 from Tuesday 13 April 2021 (please select click & collect at checkout as we cannot post the delicate baby tomatoes).

Last year, our click & collect tomato plants were a sold out success - this year, be quick and order now to collect them from Tuesday 13 April! 🍅🌱

You can choose from four different tomato variety packs containing four perfect little seedlings for only £7! 🥰

Shop the selection here: https://tinyurl.com/4wjm4vka

Available for collection only at the Fulham Palace barrow on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 11.00 from Tuesday 13 April 2021 (please select click & collect at checkout as we cannot post the delicate baby tomatoes).

Our very own head gardener, Lucy Hart, was interviewed for The Telegraph by The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life blog,...
03/04/2021
How to grow the tastiest runner beans, with tips from the head gardener at Fulham Palace

Our very own head gardener, Lucy Hart, was interviewed for The Telegraph by The Gentle Author of Spitalfields Life blog, out in print and online today!

Alongside a tour of the Fulham Palace garden and Lucy's tips on how to plant broad beans seedings in pots at home, we love the line, 'while Hart’s irresistible enthusiasm has driven the project forward at Fulham, it is her breadth of knowledge that has directed it to maturity'.

Lucy will be giving a Zoom lecture about the walled garden wisteria later this month: https://www.fulhampalace.org/whats-on/events/wisteria-zoom-lecture/

Read the Telegraph article here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/how-to-grow/grow-tastiest-runner-beans-tips-head-gardener-fulham-palace/

Lucy Hart is the horticultural talent behind the walled garden at Fulham Palace. She takes the Gentle Author on a tour through history

Happy #Caturday and all the best for a lovely long Easter weekend, from Edmund and all of us here at Fulham Palace 🐰🐣🌷
03/04/2021

Happy #Caturday and all the best for a lovely long Easter weekend, from Edmund and all of us here at Fulham Palace 🐰🐣🌷

Happy #Caturday and all the best for a lovely long Easter weekend, from Edmund and all of us here at Fulham Palace 🐰🐣🌷

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country, including Fulham Pala...
02/04/2021

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country, including Fulham Palace, in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

We are happy to announce that we are among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund and are set to receive £174,000 to help us recover and reopen.

Mariana Spater, Chair of Fulham Palace Trust, says ‘We are delighted to receive this lifeline which will mean that we can continue to keep the Palace’s historic house and garden open for our local community’.

The award will be used to fund staffing, caring for the house and garden, education work, and will enable the Palace to stay open free of charge in 2021. Funding will also support the launch of our biodiversity action plan.

National Lottery Heritage Fund Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Arts Council England #HereForCulture

Booking for our spring/summer event season is now open! Head over to https://www.fulhampalace.org/whats-on/events/ to ex...
01/04/2021

Booking for our spring/summer event season is now open! Head over to https://www.fulhampalace.org/whats-on/events/ to explore our range of in-person and online events, from garden lectures to outdoor theatre! 🎭🎟️🌞

Keen-eyed visitors will have noticed a river of blue growing near All Saints church! 💙In autumn 2019, 25,000 bulbs were ...
29/03/2021

Keen-eyed visitors will have noticed a river of blue growing near All Saints church! 💙

In autumn 2019, 25,000 bulbs were planted as part of our National Heritage Lottery Funded project, with the help of green-fingered members of the local community and our garden volunteers.

Sadly the first lockdown scuppered our inaugural spring floral display to the public. However, having continued to establish well, they are now blooming away for all to see in the area between Fulham Palace and All Saints church!

Read about the varieties of blue bulbs that head gardener Lucy Hart chose for the "moat" and why:
https://www.fulhampalace.org/news/blue-ming-this-spring/

The clocks have changed and so have our walled garden opening hours! From today, spring ahead to our walled garden from ...
28/03/2021

The clocks have changed and so have our walled garden opening hours! From today, spring ahead to our walled garden from 10.15 until 16.15 and enjoy the cherry, apple and almond blossom in all their glory 🌸☀😍 Who's ready for summer?!

Wishing you a happy #Caturday from smiley Palace cat Edmund 😸 How are you spending your weekend? Edmund will be lolling ...
27/03/2021

Wishing you a happy #Caturday from smiley Palace cat Edmund 😸 How are you spending your weekend? Edmund will be lolling about in the sun or cosying up in his bed in the vinery. Fingers crossed for sun! ☀

After its winter holiday in the vinery, our walled garden barrow is back outside: pick up some organically grown vegetab...
25/03/2021

After its winter holiday in the vinery, our walled garden barrow is back outside: pick up some organically grown vegetables and plants you can grow at home!

Open from 11.00-15.00, Tuesday to Saturday 🥕🌱🥔🍅🥬 Contactless card payments and cash accepted!

Our latest special: broad bean seedlings, 3 for £3 #bargainbeans #beanybabies

Maybe 2020 and the start of 2021 haven’t been what we expected, but we are grateful for what they have uncovered. There ...
24/03/2021

Maybe 2020 and the start of 2021 haven’t been what we expected, but we are grateful for what they have uncovered. There will undoubtedly be financial and other challenges ahead, but we know that we can rely on you – our Patrons, Friends, staff, volunteers and our community to support us in whatever way you can. Thank you.

Read our blog about our reflections on the past 365 days here:
https://www.fulhampalace.org/news/a-year-later-the-lows-and-highs-of-the-pandemic-at-the-palace/

Publications, pie funnels and playing cards - just a few of the perfectly lovely things available for 25% off in our mid...
23/03/2021

Publications, pie funnels and playing cards - just a few of the perfectly lovely things available for 25% off in our mid-season sale! 😍

Help support the Palace while buying gifts, books and toys inspired by our beautiful house and garden:
https://tinyurl.com/efhdpvhr

22/03/2021
Museum from home 4: medieval stone, pottery and metalwork

In this episode of Museum from Home, community archaeologist Alexis Haslam explores three interesting objects in the medieval case in our museum, how they relate to the history of the Palace, and the meaning behind the very technical archaeological term 'snot pot'! 😀⛏️

https://youtu.be/CUpZMzOqFR0

Read Nica Olivendal's accompanying blog post about the medieval finial here: https://www.fulhampalace.org/news/the-mystery-of-the-medieval-finial/

In this episode of Museum from Home, community archaeologist Alexis Haslam explores three interesting objects in the medieval case in our museum, how they re...

Today is World Sleep Day  and this year's theme, 'Regular Sleep, Healthy Future', is a cause close to Palace cat Edmund'...
19/03/2021

Today is World Sleep Day and this year's theme, 'Regular Sleep, Healthy Future', is a cause close to Palace cat Edmund's heart. Outdoor exercise helps promote healthy sleep and our gardens are open for fresh, brisk strolls to help you catch those Z's tonight 💤

In honour of Women's History Month placement student Erin Brudi explores the story of Christina Broom, the first female ...
18/03/2021

In honour of Women's History Month placement student Erin Brudi explores the story of Christina Broom, the first female press photographer in the UK and a Fulhamite who brought Edwardian London to life through her lens - including the Palace pageants! 🎞️📸https://www.fulhampalace.org/news/christina-broom/

Happy St Patrick's Day! We wish you sláinte (good health) and invite you to admire this Helleborus argutifolius (holly-l...
17/03/2021

Happy St Patrick's Day! We wish you sláinte (good health) and invite you to admire this Helleborus argutifolius (holly-leafed hellebore) from our walled garden, which is clad in festive green and always ready to party ☘️💚🇮🇪

Zoom, FaceTime, phone calls or snail mail: keeping in touch with loved ones has never been more important! Our spring li...
15/03/2021

Zoom, FaceTime, phone calls or snail mail: keeping in touch with loved ones has never been more important! Our spring line of greeting cards are the perfect way to send a loved one a message. (Pictured: Cumberland flowers by Winifred Nicholson) 💐💌🖋Explore our range of colour cards here: https://tinyurl.com/7kx6v4hd
Every purchase you make helps support the Palace!

Today we’re celebrating mothers through the Victorian language of flowers, floriography! Many different plants and flowe...
14/03/2021

Today we’re celebrating mothers through the Victorian language of flowers, floriography! Many different plants and flowers have attributed symbolism celebrating motherly love.

💚 Moss can represent both maternal love or recluse, perhaps because of how it clings to trees and walls (like these bricks on our walled garden).

💜 Saxifrage/rockfoil can represent both maternal love or affection and its Latin name saxifraga translates as "stone-breaker", a reference to its medicinal use in breaking up kidney stones!

💛 Cinquefoil/potentilla can represent maternal affection, maternal care or beloved daughter. It grows very well in our moat in the summer - look out for its bright yellow flowers.

We also have some tokens of affection available on our walled garden barrow today from 11.00-15.00: primulas and daffodils in antique terracotta pots!

We wish all the fabulous mums out there a very happy Mothering Sunday 💐

Mum, I’m lichen you! 💚 Moss is a common sight in the garden but did you know it once symbolised a mother’s love and affe...
14/03/2021

Mum, I’m lichen you! 💚 Moss is a common sight in the garden but did you know it once symbolised a mother’s love and affection? Floriography, the language of flowers, was used by Victorians to communicate thoughts and sentiments.
Moss for Mother's Day - yea or nay? Stick around for more floriography facts!

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Fulham Palace, Bishops Park, Bishops Ave
London
SW6 6EA

Opening Hours

Monday 06:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 06:30 - 18:00
Wednesday 06:30 - 18:00
Thursday 06:30 - 18:00
Friday 06:30 - 18:00
Saturday 06:30 - 18:00
Sunday 06:00 - 18:00

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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.

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Magnolia looking great yesterday. Palace quite busy cafe open for drinks and paninis etc. Take a blanket and sit on the grass, as seats limited.
Summer is coming and so are our popular summer beach trips (YAY!). We are looking forward to the beach and you can too. More information about our dates and destinations can be found here: https://www.communitydaysout.co.uk/beach-day-trips-2021 To book/reserve your seats please visit: https://www.communitydaysout.co.uk/booking-form-summer-beach-2021 Last summer we were delighted to visit our favourite UK beaches with a reduced coach seat capacity. Should the government enforce lockdown rules where we (community days out) will have to cancel; we will refund you in full. We can’t wait to see you all and make more forever memories.
Very pleased with my beautiful Fulham Palace bouquet from the Walled Garden.
today (Nov 1st) we visited Fulham Palace with Brixworth U3A what a wonderful place .we were made very welcome from our arrival , Through two informative guides Lee and Chantal our group learnt the history and essence of the place . I could not recommend it more highly to other visitors .Well done Fulham Palace sterling job and thank you
The gardens come to life!
Oh my goodness the chocolate fudge cake in Fulham Palace cafe is delicious! And #vegan
One of the best places in London.
Do you need volunteers for the dig? I have a keen interest in archeology and would love the opportunity to go on a dig even if it is finds washing.