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ELTHAM PALACE & GARDENS

Court Yard, Eltham,
London
SE9 5QE
t: 020 8294 2548
e: eltham.palace@english-heritage.org.uk
w: www.english-heritage.org.uk/elthampalace

• Discover Wellington memorabilia, including medals, trophies, silver plate and porcelain. • Browse information compiled to commemorate the 2015 bicentenary of the victory which brought peace to Europe after 23 years of conflict. • View one of London’s finest art collections, including paintings by Velazquez, Rubens, Goya, Breughel and Titian. • Wonder at the grandiose state dining room, with its breathtaking crystal chandelier and silver-gilt Portuguese tableware service. ITINERARY IDEA Complete your visit by crossing to Wellington Arch opposite. Built to proclaim Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon, it’s crowned by Europe’s largest bronze sculpture.


  • See the introductory film, uncovering the history of the palace and how the Courtaulds built and lived in it.
  • Explore the recently re-opened basement, featuring the Courtauld’s intriguing bomb shelter and billiard room.
  • View the Map Room where plans were laid for the couple’s world travels.
  • Take a look into Virginia Courtauld’s recreated walk-in wardrobe, featuring glamorous period dresses to try on.
  • Marvel at the domed entrance hall, reminiscent of a 1930s ocean liner, with its luxurious hand knotted carpet and glorious veneered panels, using woods from the four corners of the world.
  • Be transported into medieval England as you walk down the corridor into the Great Hall. It was part of the original Eltham Palace, boyhood home of Henry VIII and a royal residence for over 300 years.
  • Wander through 19 acres of beautiful gardens which incorporate both 20th-century and medieval elements. Now fully interpreted by panels and a multimedia tour.


ITINERARY IDEA
For a day out packed with glamour, combine a visit to Eltham Palace with a trip to nearby Ranger’s House and the glittering Wernher Collection of medieval and Renaissance artworks.