Facilities at Eltham Palace and Gardens

  • Parking

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    Parking charges apply to non-members. Parking free for members. A large car park is signposted just off Court Road with plenty of spaces for cars and disabled visitors - please use Sat Nav postcode SE9 5NP to help direct you straight to the car park. 

    Please note that during our Enchanted events, parking on site is for Blue Badge holders only. Please pre-book by contacting the site directly on 020 8294 2548. If you leave a voicemail someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

  • Food And Drink

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    Enjoy a tasty lunch or quick afternoon treat in our café located in the new visitor centre at Eltham Palace. With views out to the outdoor play area, stay warm with a cuppa while the children let off steam.

  • Picnic Area

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    Picnic benches and tables are provided by the visitor centre.
  • Dogs

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    No dogs allowed, although assistance dogs welcome.

  • Exhibition

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    Range of special events throughout the year - please see the Events page for details.

  • Gardens

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    19 acres of gardens feature both 20th century and medieval elements. These include a rock garden sloping down to the moat, a medieval bridge and a stunning herbaceous border. Garden highlights include spring bulbs and the wisteria cascading over the classical pergola in summer.

  • Audio Tours

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    Free multi media guides.
  • Family Friendly

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    Baby Changing Facilities

    Due to temporary building improvement works, we regret to inform you that our accessible toilet and baby-changing facilities will be unavailable between the 22 March and 10 April. The toilets at the main entrance will be open as usual.

    Bottle / Food Warming

    Yes.

    Children's Audio Tour

    The Family Tour on the multi media guide is perfect for children

    Child Sized Portions

    Yes.

    High Chairs

    Highchairs are available in the cafe in the visitor centre

    Play Areas / Adventure Playground

    An outdoor play area, themed around the Courtauld's glamorous 1930s world travels, is next to the visitor centre.

    Push Chairs Allowed

    We warmly welcome children and families at Eltham Palace. Pushchairs and prams are not allowed inside the mansion house, but we provide an area for you to leave them.

    Toy / Dressing Up Box

    There are three eras of dressing up at Eltham Palace - Medieval, World War Two and 1930s. Kids and adults sizes are available.
  • Education

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    Family Learning

    Range of activities for families - please see the Events page for details.

     

    Interpretation for Children

    Under 7's can pick up a free stamping activity to take around with them at Eltham Palace, finding out all about the Courtauld's pets and travel. There is also a range of fun quizzes and games on the free multi media guide when you pick the Family Tour.

  • Venue Hire

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    Available For Event Hire

    Yes.

    Civil Weddings

    Yes.

  • Commercial Photograph And Filming

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    English Heritage welcomes amateur photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures of your visit with us on social media.

    If you are looking to use one of our sites for commercial, corporate or professional photography or as a filming location, please contact our filming team as soon as possible to check availability and acquire the relevant permissions and paperwork.

    Due to the delicate nature of our sites, English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

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