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Fulham Palace, London

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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 or earlier the site was encircled by the longest domestic moat in England. You can see part of the moat as you enter and walk across the bridge at the main entrance of the site.

Since 704 AD Fulham Palace has been the property of the Bishops of London. Fulham Palace was the summer home of the bishops. Each bishop had many homes: in the 16th century there were 177 homes for 21 English bishops! This is an indication of the status of bishops in British life.

The last bishop to live at the Palace moved out in 1973.

Today Fulham Palace is run by Fulham Palace Trust, a registered charity, established in 2011. There is a wealth of things to see and do, from exploring the museum that charts the Palace’s eventful history to having lunch in the Drawing Room Café that looks out onto the beautiful gardens, including the recently restored 18th century Walled Garden.

Admission to the Palace and its gardens is free of charge (except for special tours and events). The Palace is available to hire as a stunning venue for weddings, private and corporate events.
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  • We spent a lovely day exploring Fulham Palace in June. The buildings are beautiful and the walled garden is superb. Lunch was very enjoyable as well.  more »
  • We live nearby and visit frequently. The grounds and gardens are very nice, safe for the little ones to go wild. There's a walled garden with green houses, lots of vegetables etc, both educational and...  more »
  • Found at the end of a walk along the Thames. The walled garden is superb. Serene atmosphere, plenty of lovely spaces.  more »
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  • A beautiful palace on the banks of the Thames. Historically the home of the Bishops of London, Fulham Palace is a lovely place to spend time. There are lots of events that take place for children and families. Explore the walled garden and have a coffee on the terrace overlooking the lawns. Best of all it's free to enter. It's also next to Bishop's Park which has a great playground for children.
  • A hidden gem in Fulham. Away from the bustle of Fulham Palace Road and the Putney river side, this place is an oasis. The Cafe is a great place to relax or get some work done in an informal atmosphere. The grounds and walled garden are a nice place to walk around.
  • This is easy to get to from Putney Bridge Under Ground Station and a short walk passed a second hand book shop you reach Fulham Palace , which is FREE to enter. It has a large green house were you can buy fruit & veg grown in the garden's. You will need to allow about three hours for walking around and stop off at the cafe. LEN.
  • Very nice place to walk but can get busy as the day wears on. It has a reasonable tearoom and an outside space for picnics.
  • Wonderful "hidden gem" in London. The walled garden is very nice and the main house is very interesting and the staff there are very helpful. Nice Cafe to sit down and relax in the sunshine. Highly recommended to visit.

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