Eltham Palace (Eltham) Reviews
Description:First inhabited as a royal residence in 1311 and frequented for the next four hundred years by successive monarchs, ... more
Newest Review: ... we found ourselves stepping into the most photographed and famous room in the palace; the entrance hall. ~~Entrance Hall~~ The entrance hall is just simply spectacular, and everything that I was expecting when I decided to visit the house. Lit from above by a multi-paned glass dome which allows light to pour down into the circular carpet and furniture arranged in a circle to mirror the ... more
Customer Eltham Palace (Eltham) Reviews (4)
by - written on 19/01/12, updated on 19/01/12 (Very useful, 101 readings)
Eltham Palace has been on my list of things to visit for many years. Renowned as an Art Deco gem in the heart of London, I had heard wonderful things about the unique design and the opulent decoration. The May bank holiday provided an excellent opportunity for the whole family to go out and see for ourselves. Eltham Palace was once a beautiful medieval royal palace and home to Henry VIII. In the 1930s the glamorous millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld bought what remained of the palace and commissioned a spectacular and luxurious house to be built as a kind of extension. As strange as this may sound, the end result is something quite special. The ... Read the complete review
by - written on 16/06/08 (Very useful, 968 readings)
When you think of royal residences in the London area you think of Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and perhaps the Tower of London or Hampton Court. No one would mention Eltham Palace even though it is where the young Henry VIII spent the vast majority of his childhood.. Eltham Palace is in a far flung corner of suburban south east London thus is a little known gem far far away from the touristtrap of central London. It's a palace with a difference as it is more cosy, intimate and at first sight not very royal at all due to the new 1930s wing. You may recognise the interiors as it has been used in films and television programs set in the 30s such as I capture ... Read the complete review
by - written on 09/10/05 (Very useful, 1185 readings)
For many years I have been a card carrying member of English Heritage, taking an interest in all aspects of historic sites and buildings. As with many such memberships, after the initial flush of interest passed, and having visited most of the sites in the south of England my annual membership card rarely came out of my wallet. Then, just over four years ago, one of those life changing events occurred, I met my Polish wife, who amongst many other things in life, shared my interest in historic buildings and the more simple pleasures of days out in the English countryside. On her first visit to England, for two weeks, during the Foot and Mouth summer ... Read the complete review
by - written on 15/12/00, updated on 19/02/01 (Very useful, 175 readings)
Eltham Palace is a short train ride out of central London (regular trains from Victoria or Charing Cross), and well worth the trip. This English Heritage property is a fascinating house and garden, combining the remains of a mediaeval palace with state-of-the-art 1930s design. In the Middle Ages, from the 14th Century, Eltham was a royal palace. The Courtaulds bought the Palace in the 1930s, and somewhat controversially set about building their dream home. They kept what remained of the original palace – basically the great hall with its fabulous hammerbeam roof, to which they did add some faux mediaeval touches of their own. These include stained ... Read the complete review
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