Royal London exerts a certain pull and many visitors to the capital have Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace high on their lists of things to see. Others head out to Hampton Court, the sumptuous palace created by Thomas Wolsey and expanded by Henry VIII. Then there’s Greenwich where just one wall remains of the palace where Henry VIII was born. In Bermondsey you can see the site of Edward III’s manor house uncovered by archaeologists.
Fewer visitors make the trip out to Eltham Palace, SE9, and that’s a shame because it is a wonderful place, managed today by English Heritage, the same organisation that manages Stonehenge.
I was there last week on a thrillingly cold day where fortunately the sun put in an appearance by late morning. It’s an easy trip by public transport, take the train from Charing Cross or London Bridge and you’ll be there in a trice. Alternatively, don your walking boots and follow the Green Chain Walk or the Capital Ring.These panels at the ticket office and visitor centre, where there’s also a shop and a café, helpfully give the site’s history.
There should really be another panel explaining how English Heritage manages the site now. Continue reading