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Eltham Palace and ... ?

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Eltham Palace and ... ?

After many trips to London, we are finally planning on seeing Eltham Palace on our upcoming trip in early October. Is there anything else in the general vicinity and that is easy to get to via public transportation that would be of interest?

It looks like Greenwich isn't, too far. We've been to Greenwich a couple of times already, but could always go again.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Eltham Palace and ... ?

Hi,

Philip Webb's "Red House" is nearby in Bexleyheath. It's a lovely example of Arts and Crafts architecture, now owned by the National Trust.

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Have had a look at the map and found a few things for you, also have a look at this website:

http://www.nera-se9.com/placesofinterest.aspx

The Tarn Bird Sanctuary is just down the road from Eltham Palace and has an ice house to visit, it appears to be FREE to visit.

Avery Hill Park and Winter Garden is nearby if you fancy a wander:

greenwich.gov.uk/Greenwich/…AveryHillPark.htm

Well Hall Pleasaunce has a Tudor Barn and a variety of different garden styles including a Bog Garden and an Italian Garden:

http://www.wellhall.org.uk/

You aren't so far from Blackheath either.

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Yeah, but there's not actually anything of *interest* in Blackheath. It's just a traffic island with four twee shops and a bunch of estate agents, some rowdy pubs and a concert hall. Very nice place to live, but dull to visit.

Eltham Palace is good - allow a couple of hours to do the house and grounds, longer if it's a nice day and you take a picnic lunch. The 286 bus goes from the centre of Greenwich to Eltham Church, which is about 10 mins amble to the house. Eltham high street holds no charms, so don't be tempted - it's just low-end supermarkets and charity shops now.

The Tarn is nice enough if you are bored and happy to be passing.

At a stretch you could combine Eltham with a visit to the Down House (Darwin's home - http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/?property=181772). Greenwich is probably the best bet, though.

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When I went to Eltham Palace, I went to Chislehurst Caves the same day. It's not that far away. I actually liked the caves better than the palace! I was with some friends and we drove from one to the other, but I believe you can take a bus.

http://www.chislehurstcaves.co.uk/

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5. Re: Eltham Palace and ... ?

Oh, what a good idea!

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omg the caves !! ... went there when the kids were young, it was fascinating

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7. Re: Eltham Palace and ... ?

Betty's suggestion of the Red House is good. I've been meaning to there myself since it became National Trust. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-redhouse

Do check that you understand the opening times for Eltham Palace - it only opens certain days of the week (not Saturdays, IIRC).

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The caves are fascinating.....people took shelter there during the Blitz and there have even been concerts down there amongst other things.

Edited: 13 August 2010, 16:02
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