A Medieval palace where Henry VIII spent his childhood, and a masterpiece of 20th century design: Eltham Palace encapsulates centuries of British political and social history. Plus, with 19 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens to explore, Eltham Palace provides a unique variety of learning opportunities.
The new education offer at Eltham Palace provides a wide range of curriculum opportunities, including:
- KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their locality; the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
- KS2 History: a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
- KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745; challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day
- KS1-3 History: A local history study
- KS1-3 Art & Design
Free self-led visits
Medieval grandeur sits alongside 1930s opulence and cutting edge design at Eltham Palace, with a fascinating experience for school groups, including stunning architecture and interior designs to enjoy. Explore Henry VIII's childhood home in the medieval Great Hall, and learn about the exciting changes and developments during the inter-war years in the Courtauld's family home. Highlights include the entrance hall, Virgina Courtauld's luxurious and modern private bathroom and the newly restored map room.Enquire now
PLAN YOUR VISIT
We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and further information on our what to expect page.
Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits once you have made a booking, plus a 20% discount on the official English Heritage guidebook for your place of choice.
Once you book your visit you’ll be sent a visit permit, which you’ll need to bring with you on the day.
Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!
Eltham Palace Teachers' Resource Pack (KS1-KS2)
Use the historical information and sources in this pack to learn more about Eltham Palace's story.
Eltham Palace Timeline (KS1-KS3)
Chart the history of Eltham Palace with our timeline.
Eltham Palace Teachers' Activity Ideas (KS2-KS3)
Our suggested activities support learning before, during and after your visit to Eltham Palace.
Eltham Palace Student Activity Sheets (KS1-KS2)
Discover the key features of Eltham Palace with our student activity sheets.
Eltham Palace Art Deco Sketch Tour (KS4+)
Explore the luxurious Art Deco interiors of Eltham Palace with our sketch tour activity.
Teaching the 20th Century
Use historical information, learning activities and tips from our historians, curators and educational experts to support your teaching of 20th century history.
Postcard from Eltham Palace
Take to the skies above Eltham Palace to discover the site and its surroundings.
Homes Through History: Meet Prince Henry at Eltham Palace
Hear more about how Prince Henry (later Henry VIII) celebrated Christmas at Eltham Palace during his childhood.
Fashion Through History: 1930s
Join Fashion Historian Serena Dyer and Senior Properties Historian Amy Boyington as they discuss fashion and society during the 1930s at Eltham Palace.
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If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch using the online form on our bookings page to speak to your local Education Visits Officer. We look forward to seeing you soon.