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, Historic house or home
Museum and Historic Rooms:
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
Fulham Palace archaeology: the orchard dig
- 15 July 2015 7-8pm
In October 2014, Fulham Palace Trust undertook an archaeological dig of two areas of its historic walled garden to obtain data that would assist in the restoration of the gardens.
The project was completed by Pre Construct Archaeology, aided by a team of Fulham Palace volunteers from the local community. They removed the topsoil with trowels to maximise the finding of artefacts which may date from prehistoric times to yesterday and looked at changes in the colour and composition of the layers below the topsoil to identify earlier garden features. Alexis Haslam from Pre Construct Archaeology presents the findings.
£8 / £5 concessions and £4 for Fulham Palace volunteers.
Young Archaeologists' Club - Trees as archaeology at Fulham Palace
- 18 July 2015 10:30am-12:15pm
Did you know that our Holm oak on the main lawn is 500 years old? Imagine the stories it can tell! During the final session this term for the Young Archaeologists' Club, investigate the important role trees play in archaeological research.
Meeting monthly on Saturday mornings, the Fulham Palace Young Archaeologists' Club will explore the fascinating world of archaeology through practical hands on sessions with real archaeologists. You’ll dig, sieve, measure and record your finds learning about ancient civilisations such as the Romans, Vikings and Stone Age. There will be a huge range of sessions on offer, everything from dendrochronology to investigating historic buildings, making traditional crafts to exploring the local Thames foreshore. For 8-16 year olds, children attend independently.
Sessions for the Young Archaeologists' Club will take place throughout the year. Please check back for information about the sessions planned for September, October, November and December.
£15 per child.
River foreshore archaeology walk with Thames Explorer Trust
- 19 July 2015 11am-1pm
Ever wanted to investigate the archaeology on the River Thames foreshore? Led by Thames Explorer Trust, see what you can find and learn about the history of Fulham Palace and its relationship with the river. This event is taking place as part of the Festival for Archaeology.
£8 per adult, £5 per child.
020 7736 3233