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Eltham Palace

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  • Eltham Palace, London, England

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Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

Once a favorite getaway for Henry VIII (who liked to spend Christmas here), Eltham Palace has been drastically remodeled twice in its lifetime: once during the 15th and 16th centuries, and again during the 1930s, when a grand mansion was annexed onto the Tudor great hall by the superwealthy Coulthard family. Today it's an extraordinary combination of late medieval grandeur and art deco masterpiece, laced with an eccentric whimsy—the Coulthards even built an entire room to be the personal quarters of their beloved pet lemur. The house and its extensive gardens were fully restored when the palace finally entered public ownership in the late 1990s. A 2015 renovation opened up previously unseen rooms, including the Map Room, where the Coulthards planned their round-the-world adventures, and a reconstruction of a lavish 1930s walk-in wardrobe, complete with genuine dresses from the time period.

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Court Rd., London, SE9 5QE, England

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  • £13

Published 08/30/2016


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