Plan Your Visit

Plan your visit

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.
  • Palace and The Great Hall - The Palace and The Great Hall will remain closed.
  • Cafe - The cafe will be open for takeaway light refreshments and will have a new one way system. 
  • 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.
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An old map that can be seen at Down House, the home of Charles Darwin


Go to our Directions page and plan your journey to Eltham Palace by car or public transport.

You will find parking information, post code for sat nav, and our address at the bottom of the page.


Look up Access information for your visit. We have detailed information about what to expect if you have particular needs regarding:

  • Mobility/Older Visitors
  • Blind/Visually Impaired
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Culinary/Dietary
  • Health and Safety

Group Visits

Find out what you need to know for Group Visits.

Look up what discounts there are for groups, as well as how to book your group visit, and see information about tours that may be available.


Find out what food and drink we offer at Eltham Palace and Gardens.

Enjoy a tasty lunch or quick afternoon treat in our brand new café located in the new visitor centre.

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