Fulham Palace

Bishop's Avenue, SW6 6EA

Fulham Palace, exterior picture

Address:Bishop's Avenue, SW6 6EA
Map:See Fulham Palace on a map
Telephone:020 7736 3233
Nearest Station:Putney Bridge
Opening Hours:

Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays 12pm-5pm
Mon - Thurs 12.30pm - 4.30pm

Sun: 12pm-4pm
Mon - Thurs: 12.30pm - 3.30pm

The Walled Garden: Daily from 10.15 - 16.14 (summer) 10.15 - 15.45 (winter)

The Drawing Room Café: Daily 09

About: The land on which Fulham Palace stands can be traced back as far as 700AD, when ownership passed on to the Bishop of Waldhere. The land was passed on and remained with Bishops until 1973. During the 17th century Bishop Compton imported several new plant species to the gardens at Fulham Palace and cultivated some flora and fauna found in Britain today- including the Magnolia. Many of the trees in and around Fulham Palace remain from this time and visitors can still see the herb garden and Wisteria which survive in the Palace's walled gardens. The grounds originally covered more than thirty acres- though only twelve remain property of the Palace. Fulham Palace is secluded from the Thames by a thicket of trees and has remained an attraction that is unsullied by a huge influx of tourism- despite the sites fascinating history. Relatively recent excavations by the Fulham Archaeological Rescue Group have revealed the remains of several former large scale buildings and even evidence of Neolithic and Roman settlers. Part of the nineteenth century section of the Palace houses the Fulham Palace Museum which exhibits many paintings which adorned the walls of the palace. Visitors can also tour Bishop Howley's dining area and the Porteous Library. There is no admission fee for the grounds or the museum.

Top Tips...

Leave the tube at Putney Bridge and use the subway to avoid having to cross the busy road. It makes a big difference if you have kids with you.

Vanessa, Southfields

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