Remember when I visited Eltham Palace and told you that the gardens were so exquisite that they deserved a post of their own? Well, here is a bumper post full of photos of the gardens, mainly because, I couldn’t stop taking photos!
The Great Hall and Art Deco residence, as seen from the gardens. In the foreground, you can see the medieval jousting post. You can visit Eltham Palace in June each year to cheer on knights as they take part in a medieval jousting tournament.
This is the old bridge that goes over the moat.
Oh, look! What’s down there?
Pretty flowers and secret gates.
A view of the bridge…
… and a peek at the rock garden designed by Isabelle Van Groeningen.
The views from the Eltham Palace gardens are amazing. Here you can see all the way to Westminster and the City of London.
I can spot Strata, the London Eye, the BT Tower, Shard, 20 Fenchurch Street, Leadenhall Building and 30 St Mary Axe in the photo above.
The gardens are a great place to explore with children…
… and if you’re very lucky, the sun might just come out.
If you cross the bridge over the moat, there are some fantastic views of Eltham Palace…
…and lots of plant life to examine.
There is also a host of art work and sculptures in the gardens, such as this statue of Perseus, the Greek hero who slew Medusa. There is a Gorgon’s head at his feet.
All too soon, our day at Eltham Palace was over but I was not quite ready to leave.
I took a moment in the beautiful greenhouse to enjoy a ginger beer and orange cake.
Eltham Palace and Gardens
Nearest station: Mottingham
Open: Sunday to Thursday 10am to 5pm