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Fulham Palace, London

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Garden History Museum
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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  • although the park has seen better days the palace and walled garden are really well maintained well worth a visit  more »
  • A hidden gem, grounds are amazing, wonderful for a picnic or just sit in the sun. Fulham Palace has a wonderful history and great just to wander around. Highly recommend their coffee shop, especially ...  more »
  • We had lunch in the restaurant at Fulham Palace. Pricey for what it is but nice all the same. The surroundings do help to alleviate the price. It was a beautiful sunny and warm day so we were able to ...  more »
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  • This is a hidden gem in Fulham. Lovely on a hot summer day. Beautiful gardens, refreshing drinks from the café.
  • Very nice park for a sunny day. Interesting palace (although not amazing, hence 4 stars)
  • You don't find such an amazing place very easily. Great location, astonishing beauty with such a reach history. The wall garden just takes this place to another level. Fantastic coffee and well maintained
  • Not only entry talks guides also free. Better to be there at 12.30 to utilize in full. Worth visiting.
  • Beautiful Tudor house with gardens next to the river. It's like a National Trust property, but free!

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