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Exploring Eltham Palace

Richard II’s 14th Century moat bridge at Eltham Palace – Photo used with kind permission of English Heritage.

Recently re-opened after a major refurbishment in 2015, Eltham Palace is conveniently located between London and the country. It is also a fantastic site to visit during the spring and summer months, when the gardens are in full bloom. The site was formerly a medieval ruin, until it was rescued by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld in 1932. It was transformed into a luxury art-deco palace, with large beautiful rooms fit for entertaining guests. The Courtaulds also restored the gardens at Eltham, which make for great photos for the photography enthusiasts in your party! On a sunny day in front of the palace you can even see sites such as the Shard and the London eye on the horizon, all from a quiet suburb in London.

 

Eltham Palace is a short drive away from London, and can be visited with one of our private driver-guides on a London tour, and combined with nearby sites such as Greenwich. 

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Exploring Greenwich

Greenwich has one of the best views of London when standing near the Royal Observatory.

Greenwich is home to many fascinating sites, such as the National Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark.

Across the river from the hustle and bustle of Canary Wharf, sits the tranquil maritime suburb of Greenwich. With its rich history of exploration, Greenwich is undoubtedly the perfect day out for those wishing to see beautiful views, sample rich foods and unravel a fascinating history.

Greenwich town center is a World Heritage site, sharing a status held by both Stonehenge and the Giza Pyramids. Despite the large open spaces of the park, the town has a cosy feel, with small cafes, shops and a market seemingly hidden between the Victorian and Georgian houses. Greenwich Market has been in existence since 1737 and now offers a selection of mouth-watering and unusual street foods, beautiful crafts, and unique gifts. The produce in the market today is a far cry from the groceries and earthenware sold when the market moved to the site in the 1800’s. As well as market delights, the rich history of navigation and exploration can be further shown at the Royal Observatory, atop of the park. Those who reach the top of the park are rewarded with beautiful views of Greenwich, Canary Wharf and the Millennium Dome, before standing at the center of the world; the GMT Line, the point used to measure time across the world.

British Tours offers a half day tour to Greenwich, showing the highlights of this amazing suburb. For those with more time to spare, we can create custom tours, with even more time to spend exploring Greenwich. Contact us now for more information. 

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