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Fulham Palace is a truly remarkable place. For centuries, this Grade I Listed building, situated in extensive grounds by the River Thames, was a country residence of the Bishops of London. The last bishop to live at Fulham Palace moved out in 1973, and today, Fulham Palace is managed by the Fulham Palace Trust. Fulham Palace has 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).
Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home, Archaeological site, Garden, parklands or rural site
Daily from dawn until dusk.
Daily 10.15 to 16.15
The Drawing Room Café:
Daily Summer 9.00 to 17.00
Winter 10.00 to 16.00
Adults and Children: Free
Includes paintings, textiles, books and artefacts illuminating daily life of the Bishops of London, their families and local workers, in and around Fulham Palace over the centuries. Strong social history collection reflects local culture, trades and everyday life. Roman and Neolithic finds from the site.
Social History, Personalities, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Archaeology
The famous and historic garden at Fulham Palace
- 2 November 2013 — 3 April 2014 *on now
An exhibition tracing the development of the garden at Fulham Palace, a residence of the Bishops of London for over a thousand years. The exhibits will include paintings, photographs and archaeological finds from the Museum’s collection, as well as items lent by Hammersmith and Fulham Archives and private collectors including Cranborne Antiques.
Although earlier Bishops of London, such as Edmund Grindal, had shown an interest in botany, it was Henry Compton who gave the Palace’s gardens world significance. He lived at Fulham for thirty-eight years, importing and growing plants from all over the world. His garden was described in 1751 by Sir William Watson as the “famous Botanick Garden at Fulham, wherein Dr Henry Compton …. planted a greater variety of curious exotic plants and trees, than had at time been collected in any garden in England”.
The exhibition will also be looking forward to future plans for the garden as the Fulham Palace Trust develops the master plan for the site, one of the few unrestored landscapes along the Thames.
- Family friendly
Museums at Night – The War Party
- 15 May 2014 6-8:30pm
This year we step out to be warmed by the setting sun in a dynamic immersive theatre event within the 13-acre Fulham Palace garden. Explore intimate memories and mind-bending phenomena within the walls of the garden. As enemy aircraft nears, find your way to the shelter of the Balloon Barrage in the final hours before the war. Experience your own darker decadence within the aristocrats’ social affairs, as conflict detonates beyond the botanicals. For 16+, please wear comfortable shoes.
Performances at 7pm, 7.30pm and 8pm.
- Not suitable for children