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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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  • I went here on the 4 of march with my family . We went to have a coffee before going to the museum. There was a lady at the cafe and a guy , dark hair brown eyes . I did asked for 4 coffees 2 Latte 1 ...  more »
  • My wife and I walked from Putney Bridge tube station on a Sunday and were impressed how large the palace grounds were. We went to see the postcards exhibition but greatly enjoyed learning about the hi...  more »
  • Residence of the bishops at various times, is very interesting and to get to the Palace from the subway there is a beautiful walk to do through the Park. The attraction is free and well worth a visit
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  • I visited last August. The Walled Garden is newly restored & sells homegrown herbs and other vegetables & fruit (NB Please do not pick fruit off tree nor windfalls). There are tours round the Palace. The Curator gave U3a (University of the Third Age) a talk on the history & tours & etc. of Fulham Palace, (originally Bishops' Palace). I vote this Palace, it's gardens and the adjacent church a 'must' for visitors. Also good refreshment rooms, chapel, and ancient Great Hall.
  • The gardens a beautiful and peaceful. I think the mansion is currently undergoing some maintenance but the shop and cafe are open. Really lovely, worth a visit with the family
  • Much restored Bishop of London’s former residence and walled garden is an ongoing work in progress 'reinvented' and purposed to appeal to all age groups. Convincing evidence of impetus and direction here and foreseeably a continually improving destination. The gardens contain a noteworthy veteran Holm Oak counted amongst London's most famous and oldest trees.
  • Lovely gardens. The cafe is a great place to get a quick meal. Staff very friendly
  • Very much enjoyed our visit to this interesting building. We went to see a 'meet the apprentice bricklayer' where we learnt about restoring Tudor brickwork.
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