Eltham Palace and Gardens

We have changed the opening arrangements of our sites to play our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. The gardens of Eltham Palace are open to local visitors and Members to use for exercise during the lockdown period. You will need to book in advance in order to visit, and we ask everyone to bear in mind the government’s latest advice on travelling before you plan your visit. All the interior spaces including the House will be closed, but the grounds remain open. We have additional safety measures in place at all of our sites including social distancing, enhanced cleaning and limits on visitor numbers to protect the health of all our Members, visitors, staff and volunteers. Thank you for your understanding and patience during this difficult time.

Please note: the gardens at Eltham Palace are open Sat - Sun. To comply with government guidelines, all interior spaces including the House and Great Hall are currently closed. The toilets and play area will be open and the cafe will be open for takeaway light refreshments.

What you need to know

We've made some changes to help keep you safe, and things might be a little different when you visit. Here's everything you need to know.

  • Do we need to Book?

    Advance booking is now essential. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. Make sure you've read our ticketing FAQ before you book.

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    Booking FAQs

  • What changes have you made to your facilities?

    Toilets - Our toilets near the visitor entrance are open as usual. The toilets near the House are currently closed. Additional hand sanitising stations are available on site.

    Cafe - The cafe will be serving takeaway light refreshments.

    Play area - The play area will remain open.

    Admissions - Our admissions will be outside of the usual visitor centre.

    Plan your Visit

  • How Are You Keeping Us Safe?

    We've made a number of changes to help keep you safe. Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

    You can visit our reopening page for information on general safety measures we've taken to help keep you safe.

    General Safety Information

  • Do I need to wear a face covering?

    Face coverings must be worn in all indoor areas. We won't be able to provide you with a face covering, so please come prepared so you don't miss out.

Hire Eltham Palace

One of London’s best kept secrets, Eltham Palace has seen centuries of lavish entertaining – from minstrels playing for royalty to 1930s millionaires hosting celebrities of the day. Its eclectic make-up creates a setting that combines ancient and modern to dazzling effect.

When textile magnates, bought Eltham in the 1930s, they built an ultra-modern home adjoining the medieval palace. Sparing no expense the house’s sleek design is the epitome of Art Deco luxury. Three interconnected rooms lend your event an instant air of sophistication. While the medieval hall with its magnificent hammerbeam roof and the beautiful moated garden provides a host of options for events of every size.

Find out more

Guidebook: Eltham Palace

Price: £4.50

 Eltham Palace and Gardens Timeline

1086Hamo and Odo

The manor of Eltham is held by Hamo, sheriff of Kent, on behalf of Bishop Odo of Bayeux, William the Conqueror’s half-brother.

Find out more about the history of Eltham Palace 

1296Bishop's Manor

Antony Bek, Bishop of Durham, builds a grand manor house at Eltham.

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