Eltham Palace Guide

Eltham Palace, London
Eltham Palace - © Nick Blackburn

Eltham Palace is a historic heritage attraction located in the London suburb of Eltham in South East London. The ruins of the medieval palace along with the house built beside it are open to the public to view along with the surrounding gardens. Visitors to the site can see an interesting heritage attraction that is not as well known as it deserves to be, the house features striking and bold designs and the ruins of the medieval palace offer the chance to learn more about this fascinating site.


Eltham Palace is located close by to Eltham High Street and within a few hundred yards walk visitors are transported to the remains of one of the largest medieval royal palaces in England alongside the stunning Art Deco house. The house is known as being at the cutting edge of design when built in the 1930s and represents a fine example of contemporary design.

Stephen and Virginia Courtauld had the house built in a striking Art Deco design, when the house was completed back in 1936 it was seen as revolutionary. The house design is a reflection of the leisure-filled lifestyle the couple enjoyed. Drawing on strong influences from French Art Deco and designed with a hint of an ocean liner style, there has been much work from designers and architects in order to create the acclaimed contemporary interiors.

The Dining Room, is one of the main highlights in the house, here modern design is evident alongside more classical features. Notable features include pink leather chairs and black and silver doors that portray a range of birds and animals from London Zoo. Modern technology was used in the house to make it more comfortable and improve efficiency including the use of electricity throughout the house and an internal telephone system.

The Courtaulds left the house in 1944 during World War II, the collection of art and furniture is no longer contained in the house, however visitors can see the replica 1930s style furniture that has been used to help re create an authentic experience for visitors to the house.

The remains of the medieval palace provides visitors with a great contrast to the modern styling and themes in the house next to it.

The Great Hall has been incorporated into the 1930s house was originally built for Edward IV back in the late 15th century to be used as a dining hall for the court. The hall is some 100 feet in length and was one of the largest of its type when built. In the 16th century a lot of renovation and reconstruction work took place including the king’s lodgings and a new chapel. A network of underground sewers was also done at this time and visitors can still see these today.

After the Civil War the palace was neglected and was sold off, many buildings were dismantled and the site was changed in to a farm. The Great Hall was used as a barn before being preserved once more and became a showpiece of the new house in the 1930s as the grand music room.

The Gardens offer visitors 19 acres in to enjoy a relaxing stroll whilst admiring the features that include a sunken rose garden and a medieval bridge. The moated palace is set in tranquil and scenic parkland offering visitors with great views across London.

How to Get There

The house can be accessed by both car and public transport:

By Car:

Eltham is located in South East London approx 10 miles from central London, from the M25 motorway exit at junction 3 and take the A20 to Eltham.

There are car parking facilities on site.

For those using Satellite Navigation systems the postcode is SE9 5QE.

By Train:

The closest train stations are Eltham & Mottingham Stations, both are within a few minutes walk of the palace. Services to Eltham Rail station are available from London Victoria and London Charing Cross. Services to Mottingham are available from London Bridge and Charing Cross stations.

By Bus:

There are various local bus services that service the area. The route numbers include 124 and 160.

Contact Details

Eltham Palace
Court Yard
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)20 8294 2548

Website: Eltham Palace

Facilities & Information

Opening Times:

From April to November:
Mon, Tue, Wed & Sun: 10.00 to 17.00

From November to late December:
Mon, Tue, Wed & Sun: 10.00 to 16.00

From February until end of March:
Mon, Tue, Wed & Sun: 11.00 to 16.00

PLEASE NOTE: Closed from third week of December and throughout January.

Visitors should allow 2 to 3 hours to tour the palace.

Further Information:

Admission Prices:

Adult: £8.30 approx, Children: £4.10 approx, Concessions: £7.10 approx, Family Ticket: £21 approx.


The Tearoom offers a range of refreshments, drinks and snacks.


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For Local Search and Directions see: Eltham Palace Map

Tips & Other Considerations

There may be some variations on the opening hours depending on the time of year and other factors. It is recommended visitors double check before going to ensure the attraction you wish to see is open and avoid disappointment.

Always remain alert, vigilant and aware of your belongings at all times. Ensure valuables such as your wallet/purse are hidden away from public view. If you have a bag try to use a shoulder bag with a good quality, strong strap, that is put across your shoulder not on your shoulder making it more difficult for anyone to take your bag.

If you are travelling by car to Eltham in London ensure you are well prepared with maps and Sat Nav to aid your journey, particularly if you are not familiar with the local area and roads. Check the traffic news & updates before starting your trip.

If you are looking for car parking in the local area, ensure you fully understand the rules, regulations & charges for car parks and street parking. The parking rules can be complex & confusing if you are unclear, it is wise not to park there.

If you are travelling by public transport, check for service updates prior to beginning your journey for any delays, disruption or cancellations to services that may impact on your journey. Ensure you have the service timetables for the trains, buses and coaches. Remember when the last services are and ensure you make it to the train/bus/coach stops well in time.

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