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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
Museum, as of 28th April 2014:
Sunday 12pm to 5pm
Monday to Thursday 12.30pm to 4.30pm
Sunday 12pm to 4pm
Monday to Thursday 12.30pm to 3.30pm
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
Bishops Park Tour
- 4 October 2014 2-3pm
If you are interested in the history of Bishop’s Park, join us for our new guided walk of Bishop’s Park and Fulham Palace.
- Any age
Adults £5.00, children free.
Orchard Archaeology Drop-in
- 12 October 2014 12-3:30pm
Before we can plant our new orchard in our Walled Garden, we need to record the archaeology in the area. Come and see how we’re progressing with our tree pits, learn more about archaeology and have a go!
- Any age
Apple Day Celebratiion
- 19 October 2014 11am-3pm
Join in the family fun celebrating our apple trees and different varieties of apples with craft activities, story telling, baking competition, live music, food and drink stalls and more.
Our Walled Garden is home to 30 apple trees and we will soon be planting another 40 new trees for our orchard. Along with the family activities, you can learn about our existing trees, the new species that we are planting in the autumn, and taste apples from our trees.
Also learn about the Fulham Palace bees, which help pollinate the apple trees, and see what the bees get up to in the observation hive.
- Any age
- 23 October 2014 2-3pm
The gardens of Fulham Palace have a long history and are home to an array of interesting and unusual trees. They have been famous since the days of Bishop Grindal, who sent grapes to Elizabeth I, and were largely influenced by Bishop Compton, a great collector of plants.
- Any age
Tickets £5.00 per person (Associates and accompanied children free).
Apple Growing Short Horticultural Course
- 27 October 2014 1:30-4pm
Join this hands-on four session course about apple growing led by Fulham Palace’s Head Gardener, Lucy Hart.
Over 4 sessions across 4 months, learn planting, pruning and grafting. Plus, enjoy a trip to see an established orchard.
• Monday, 27 October, 13:30 to 16:00 - Orchards and planting
• Monday, 17 November, 09:00 to 16:00 - Trip to an established orchard
• Monday, 8 December, 13:30 to 16:00 - Pruning in the Walled Garden
• Monday, 19 January, 13:30 to 16:00 - Apple tree grafting
£50.00 per person. Free for Fulham Palace and Bishop’s Park volunteers, although there will be a £15.00 charge for transport to the orchard.
Archaeology Half-Term Workshop
- 28 October 2014 10:30am-3:30pm
The site of Fulham Palace has been inhabited for over 5000 years! During this workshop for 8-12 year olds, learn about the work of archaeologists and the history of Vikings at Fulham Palace. Activities include examining archaeological finds, handling artefacts, trying on costume, role play activities and crafts.
£15/£5 bursary places available, booking essential.
The Belligerent Bishop Winnington-Ingram and the Great War
- 1 December 2014 2-3:30pm
Join Curator Miranda Poliakoff for an in-depth look at Bishop Winnington-Ingram, the Chaplain to the London Rifle Brigade and a controversial figure during World War I.
Poliakoff talks about her research into this interesting figure and the role he played during the Great War, including as an informal recruiting sergeant.
£8.00 per person, £5.00 concessions, £1.00 discount for Fulham Palace and Bishop’s Park volunteers.
Wisteria Pruning Workshop
- 8 February 2015 1-3pm
Head Gardener, Lucy Hart, who managed the wisteria at Kew and now manages the two specimens at Fulham Palace, leads this practical workshop on getting the most out of your wisteria.
There are two large Wisteria sinensis Chinese wisteria specimens at Fulham Palace – one growing against the south face of the Palace the other trained in a grand 40metre long arc surrounding the knot garden in the Walled Garden. This iconic specimen is thought to date back to at least the 19th Century.
£20.00 per person. Free for Fulham Palace and Bishop's Park volunteers.