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“I love the palace garden and recommend the tour”
Review of Fulham Palace

Fulham Palace
Ranked #435 of 1,651 things to do in London
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Owner description: The site of Fulham Palace was occupied during the Neolithic, Iron Age and Roman periods, probably because of its location next to an important Thames crossing. From medieval times the site was encircled by the longest domestic moat in England. You can still see part of the moat at the entrance to the Palace. Since 704 AD Fulham Palace has been the property of the Bishops of London. The Palace was their summer home. The last bishop moved out of Fulham Palace in 1973. Today Fulham Palace is run by Fulham Palace Trust, a registered charity, established in 2011. The Palace botanical gardens, including our recently restored 18th Century Walled Garden, and Drawing Room Cafe are open daily, our museum opens five afternoons a week. Admission to the Palace and its garden is free. The Palace is also a popular venue for school and tour groups and for private events such as weddings, celebrations and corporate events.
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“I love the palace garden and recommend the tour”
Reviewed 27 January 2014

Maybe not the place to go if it is your first time in London but if you are in the area it it's great. The palace garden is beautiful and a great place for picnicking. I liked the tour. The guide knew a great deal about the palace but could tell it in a way it is interesting for everybody.

Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“One time summer palace of the bishop of London - not worth a special visit”
Reviewed 8 December 2013 via mobile

The palace was once the summer residence of the Bishops of London and has elements dating from Tudor times, but today it is very limited in its appeal. The Tudor courtyard is nice enough to look at, though it only takes 2 minutes. The interiors have been heavily remodelled repeatedly and have limited historic merit. In my view it's only worth a visit if you have a particular focused interest.

Visited December 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“A lovely autumnal afternoon activity”
Reviewed 12 November 2013

I came to Fulham Palace to walk in the beautiful gardens and was very pleased to find the museum to be informative and interesting. It is small, but manages to tell the story of the Palace very well, with nicely presented cabinets for children (I especially loved the Victorian dollhouse). It seems like everyone was here at one point! The Neolithic, Romans, etc. Even though the weather was cold and rainy, the gardens were at their autumnal best with beautiful colours and plaques telling about the trees. I had a lovely visit and warmed up in the café afterwards, which serves a very nice cup of tea. Fulham Palace is a hidden gem and I recommend a visit if you want to see more of West London for free. It makes for a very nice afternoon indeed.

Visited November 2013
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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73 attraction reviews
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“Excellent family friendly grounds and historic buildings”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

I have been to Fulham Palace before but didn't get time to go into the museum as I came on a mudlarking event. On the occasion I was also mudlarking but allowed time to visit the museum and palace. The Palace is a listed, ancient scheduled monument.

The Palace itself was the former home of the Bishops of London but is now part museum, cafe and offices rented out to local businesses. The weekend I attended was part of the open house weekend so there were excellent and informative free guided tours lasting about an hour. The building itself has been changed numerous times over its years, (a lot of the building is tudor) and has some beautiful panelling and decorated ceilings. Only a limited amount of the building is accessible to the public which is a shame, as so much of the building is rented out. The museum has some great items within its collection from the property but the museum itself is tiny consisting of only one room.

The grounds are glorious with plenty of space to relax and for children to run around. The only interruptions (as in most of London) are the planes and helicopters overhead. There is also an excellent cafe which sells a good variety of drinks, meals and cakes, including gluten free options with a variety of indoor and outdoor seating options. The are also good toilet facilities and the site is extremely accessible for those with mobility needs.

Well worth a visit and a great escape from the hussle and bussle of London life.

Visited September 2013
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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“Excellent place for a picnic. Bishops park is a must with children.”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

Fulham Palace and gardens are very nice, the cafe was excellent, staff were very friendly and let my children pay individually with their own money and were very patient with them. Just little touches like that can go a long way and I thank them for that. My children remained inside the cafe as it was a very hot day, whilst I enjoyed the sun with my lunch in the outside seating area, which is lovely and right outside the cafe so i could see my children at all times, it also overlooks a pretty lawned area. The walled garden is worth a look. My children especially loved Bishops Park which is set right by the Palace. Apart from the usual play area, designed in aged areas from what I could tell. There was also a lake, fountain, large sand area and well as tennis courts and paddling pool. Could spend all day there, don't forget to pack a swim suit and towel. Close by is the Thames path, we watched rowers and lots if other boats go by.

Visited July 2013
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