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Eltham Palace

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Eltham Palace

KidRated’s Eltham Palace Top Tips:

  • Best for kids & teens: The play area is a must for younger kids
  • Best for parents: The Greenhouse Cafe overlooks the play area and serves lunch and afternoon treats
  • Top tip: Head to Eltham Palace on public transport and get 20% off the price of a walk-up ticket

Why not treat your family to a day out at Eltham Palace? This English Heritage site blends 1930s art deco charm with medieval grandeur. From the grand entrance hall to the luxurious bathrooms and medieval great hall there are beautiful features to admire. Inside the palace, don’t miss the opportunity to grab a free interactive audio guide for a fascinating insight into the history of this medieval palace transformed to a family home by Stephen and Virgina Courtauld. The highlight? The stunning gardens, perfect for a family picnic in the sunshine.


Spread over 19 acres, the gardens boast a variety of delightful spots to explore and let off steam, including a rock garden, a medieval bridge, and a beautiful herbaceous border. In the warmer weather, you’ll be treated to the sight of spring bulbs and wisteria in full bloom. For added convenience, picnic benches and tables are available on the south lawn and by the moat.


And for the little ones, there’s a large kids’ play area with an exciting ‘around the world’ theme based on the Courtauld’s love of travel. The greenhouse cafe overlooks the play area providing shelter for watching parents as well as child friendly portion sizes and facilities.


Eltham Palace offers a delightful mix of history and fun for the whole family. So why not plan your visit today and immerse yourselves in the wonders of this historic gem? Located in Eltham, London, it’s the perfect spot for a memorable family outing!”

Booking advice:

  • Buy tickets now for the London pass which includes free entry to Eltham Palace
  • Buying English Heritage membership also gives you free entry
  • Check in advance to see if there are any kids events



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Phone number:

+44 (0)870 333 1181


Opening hours:

10am-5pm daily

How to get there:

TfL bus services 124,126, 160 or 161 and then a short walk.
The nearest train stations are Eltham and Mottingham, both 1⁄2 mile.
See website for further details on how to get there.

Teen Verdict

Family days out, attractions and things to do in London and beyond for kids, older kids and teenagers rated by kids and teens with KidRated


If you’re into a good “National Trust Stately Home” day out then this is one for you. I quite like seeing old architecture so I enjoyed getting inspiration from the 1930s building. As it’s only open on Sundays, it’s good one for whole family to visit but I personally went with a friend of mine because we both love afternoon tea and feeling fancy. 10/10 would recommend going for an afternoon to treat yourself or your family.

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