Eltham Palace and Gardens

Eltham Palace and gardens is now open for you to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. 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. There are other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.

Welcome to Eltham Palace and Gardens

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. To book your visit, click here.

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.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Gardens - The beautiful gardens and grounds are open for you to enjoy while keeping to social distancing.
  • Summer Quest - This summer, from 18 July, take your family on a free fun adventure quest with a historical twist. Download your trail map here and learn more below.
  • House – The house is open from 11am – 5pm daily (last admission at 4pm) with a new one-way system in place. The Medieval Great Hall and most parts of the mansion will be open as usual but some areas including the basement, the introductory screening room and two smaller bedrooms will be closed to ensure social distancing.
  • Cafe - The cafe will be open for takeaway light refreshments and will have a new one way system. Our cafe is taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.  Find out more here.
  • Shop - The shop will be open with a one-way system in place. 
  • Playground - The playground will remain closed.
  • Toilets - Our toilets are open as usual. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available on site. 
  • Access - Unfortunately, due to a new one-way system to support social distancing, the gardens are currently not wheelchair accessible.
  • Face coverings - Face coverings must be worn when buying in Eltham Palace and Garden's indoor shop and café. We recommend wearing them in all other indoor spaces. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.
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Summer Explorer Quest

This summer, from 18 July, take your family on a free fun adventure with a historical twist. Follow the trail though the palace gardens and track down the clues - crack them all to claim your adventurer's certificate. Kick off your quest at Eltham Palace every day of the school holidays. Standard admission applies.

Download your trail map

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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.

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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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