Fulham Palace in Fulham London is owned by the Church of England. It had been as a Bishop’s residence for over 12 centuries. It houses a wide range of artefacts
Fulham Palace was a former home of the Bishops of London and acted as the Bishops’ summer retreat. The site was occupied by the Bishops from about 700 until Bishop Stopford retired in 1975. Fulham Palace is still owned by the Church of England.
Background history of Fulham Palace
Waldhere, the Bishop of London bought the Fulham Manor from Tyrhtilus, the Bishop of Hereford in about 700AD. The Manor covered the whole Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing, Acton and Finchley. It has been as a Bishop’s residence for over 12 centuries from around 700
The manor house became known as Fulham Palace because bishops were considered to be ‘princes of the church’.
Main attractions: Fulham Palace
A wide range of artefacts is housed by the museum, including architectural exhibits and archaeology. Excavations from 1972 to 1986 by Fulham Archaeological Rescue Group revealed Neolithic (3000BC), Iron Age (800BC-43AD) and Roman (200AD-500AD) artefacts.
This is open to the public including meadow, rare botanical features, woodland, lawns and an 18th-century walled garden.
Opening hours and admission tickets: Fulham Palace
Summer: Monday to Thursday: 12.30pm-4.30pm, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays: 12pm-5pm
Winter: Monday to Thursday: 12.30pm-3.30pm, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays: 12pm-4pm
Botanical Gardens open daily from dawn to dusk
Admission to Fulham Palace and the gardens is free of charge.
Guide tour and groups tour are available. Private guided tours are £8 per person, with a minimum of 10 and maximum of 50 attendees. Fulham Palace is a sought-after venue for weddings, parties and corporate events.
Address and Nearest Tube to Fulham Palace
Address: Bishop’s Avenue, Fulham, London SW6 6EA. See the location in Google Map
Telephone and Email: 020 7736 3233 Email. [email protected]
Nearest Tube Train and Bus: Putney Bridge (District Line), Rail: Putney Station (115-minute walk). Bus- Bus numbers 74, 220, 430 (at Bishop’s Park Road bus stop) 85, 93, 265 (alight at or near Putney Bridge). Visit the Journey Planner of Transport for London to see how to get here.
Car Parking: There is no public parking on-site. Ample metered parking available on Bishop’s Avenue from 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Saturday. Disabled parking is available on site but requires to pre-book.