Eltham Palace and Gardens

Eltham Palace Gardens are open to local visitors and Members within government guidelines. You will need to book in advance in order to visit, and we ask everyone to please bear in mind the government’s latest advice on essential journeys before you plan your visit. All the interior spaces will be closed, but the gardens 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 visitors, staff and volunteers. 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

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Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich, London, SE9 5QE/ SE9 5NP for Sat Nav

The gardens at Eltham Palace will be open Sat - Sun from 7 November - 2 December. To comply with government guidelines, all interior spaces including the House and Great Hall will remain 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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  • What parts of the site are closed?

    To comply with the latest government guidance, all indoor areas of Eltham Palace will be closed until 2 December. This includes:

    • House
    • Great Hall
    • Shop - you can still browse the English Heritage online shop here.


    We hope to resume our normal winter opening from 3rd December, with the Great Hall and most parts of the House open with social distancing measures in place.

  • What changes have you made to your facilities?

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

    Cafe - The cafe will be serving takeaway light refreshments of hot drinks, soups, cakes and snacks.

    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.

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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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