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FAQ

History

Who lived here?
The Bishop of London.  The bishop now lives at The Old Deanery near St Paul’s Cathedral.  The current bishop is Richard Chartres, who became the 132nd Bishop of London in November 1995

How long have people lived here?
There is evidence of occupation going back 5000 years.

Who was the last bishop to live at the palace and when did he leave?
Bishop Stopford, he retired in 1973.

Who owns Fulham Palace?
The church, it has been run by Fulham Palace Trust since April 2011.

Which parts are the oldest?
The Great Hall and the Tudor (West) Courtyard, circa 1500.

Where is the river?
It is on the south side of the site. Fulham Palace grounds border Bishops Park, the river is on the other side of the park. It runs parallel to the palace grounds.

How old is the moat?
The moat is part of the original iron-age ditch and mound encampment. We don’t know when it was filled with water. The current shape of the moated site is normally accepted as being medieval.

The moat is empty now, will it be filled with water?
No, it will remain dry.

Which is the oldest tree and where is it?
It is the Holm Oak, which is an evergreen oak. It is situated in the southeast corner of the main (east) lawn and is 450-500 years old. It is a Great Tree of London.

Is the palace haunted?
The infamous Catholic Bishop Bonner is said to haunt the rooms around the Tudor Courtyard. Stories have persisted over the last century or so. In recent years office tenants, staff and visitors have reported strange experiences both inside the palace and in the grounds.

 

Visiting

Is there parking?
There is no general parking available on site. There is a large number of parking bays on Bishops Avenue. They have pay and display meters which run from 9am–5pm Monday to Saturday. When it is a Fulham Football Club match day (FFC is in Stevenage Road, the other side of the park/bowling club) special parking restrictions are in place from 9am-9.30pm. Parking is for a maximum of one hour regardless of the day, this includes bank holidays. These match day restrictions are not currently in place in the streets on the other side of Fulham Palace Road.

Please note: disabled parking is available on site, please contact us in advance if at all possible.

Is the palace suitable for disabled access?
Please view our accessibility page.

What’s the nearest tube station?
Putney Bridge is only a short walk away. On exiting the tube station walk towards the hotel and Putney Bridge.  Take the underpass into Bishops Park, past All Saints church and Fulham Palace grounds are on the right bordering the park. There is a pedestrian gate on the right just past the churchyard which will bring you through our woodland walk onto the main lawn.  If you reach the central hard standing in Bishops Park (where the children’s playground is) there is a park exit on the right which is Bishops Avenue, an immediate right and you are on the Fulham Palace drive.

Can we have a BBQ?
Individual BBQ’s are not permitted. Our Drawing Room Café offers a selection of hot and cold food and drinks including wine and beer.

Can we have a picnic?
Of course, the gardens are open from dawn until dusk. If you would like to bring along a small table and fold up chairs that is fine. However we do not permit you to bring any gazebos, tents or shelters. Please tidy up and take your rubbish home with you.

Are dogs permitted?
We are dog lovers however they are not permitted in our grounds. Bishops Park offers lovely areas for dog walking.

Can we play football, baseball, rounders, cricket?
Sorry, no. We have lots of very small children who visit plus lots and lots of windows. We would not want anyone to be hurt or a window to be broken. Bishops Park has plenty of open space where these games can be played.

 

Functions and Events

Can we hire the palace?
Yes, we have seven rooms, two courtyards and acres of garden that are available for hire.  Please view our Celebrations, Parties and Events page for more information.

Can we get married at the palace?
Yes, you can have a civil ceremony or partnership. You can also have a blessing in our chapel. View our Civil Ceremonies and Partnerships page for details.

Can we have fireworks?
No, we are in a residential area and we love our neighbours!

Can we have ‘Chinese lanterns’?
Sorry, no, they are very pretty but flames floating into the air are a little scary for a Grade I listed building and trees that are hundreds of years old.  We treasure what we have at Fulham Palace and it is irreplaceable.

Is confetti permitted?
Yes, real petal confetti is allowed.

Do the fireplaces work?
Yes, both the Great Hall and the Bishop Howley’s Drawing Room can have real fires lit in them during the colder months.

Can we use candles?
In the Chaplain’s Garden Marquee and in the courtyards yes they can be used.  Inside the palace buildings, no.

Are tickets to public events refundable?
Sorry, no.  Event tickets are non-refundable unless we cancel the event. Outdoor events will go ahead unless it is dangerous to do so and event details are also subject to change.  Please check our What’s on page of this website for up-to-date details.

 

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