Elegant Eltham, Glorious Greenwich – Group Tour
Includes entrance to Eltham Palace
Greenwich and Eltham Tours for Groups
Greenwich and Eltham Tours for Groups: Two outstanding venues, and one great tour.
Home to a World Heritage Site. The O2 arena, London’s prettiest royal park and the Prime Meridian of the World – longitude zero. Wander through Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory and the Planetarium. Browse designer-made arts and crafts in Greenwich Market, and visit the Cutty Sark, the fastest ship of her age. Explore Britain’s momentous naval history at the National Maritime Museum and enjoy the views in a riverside pub.
Experience the decade of decadence at Eltham Palace as you are transported back to the 1930s. Created for millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, Eltham Palace is part showpiece of Art Deco design. See the 1930s cutting-edge technology pieced together with a medieval royal palace. Visit and make yourself at home, try on clothes, play games and listen to music, as a guest of the Courtaulds.
Limited Sundays in 2019 & 2020
Suggested itinerary by Coach
Travel to London, and afternoon in glorious Greenwich
Arrive in London in the afternoon and stop in Greenwich for an afternoon visit.
You can begin your visit at the Royal Observatory where you can stand astride the world-famous Meridian Line. Alongside the Royal Observatory is London’s only planetarium, providing an introduction to the wonders of the night sky. Visit the Queen’s House famous for its art, architecture and royal history and discover paintings by some of Britain’s greatest masters including Turner, Gainsborough and Stubbs. Next stop is the National Maritime Museum where you can explore Britain’s momentous naval history including the ‘Nelson, Navy, Nation’ gallery.
Time permitting, you may also want to visit the Cutty Sark, the fastest ship of her age and the last surviving tea clipper. The ship has been raised over three metres allowing you to walk directly underneath and touch the original hull planks and iron framework.
Please note additional charges apply for the Royal Observatory and the Cutty Sark – supplements on request.
Take the short drive to your hotel in the Docklands area of London.
Breakfast in hotel, and a visit to Elegant Eltham Palace
Admire the stunning domed entrance hall at Eltham Palace, where prestigious guests gathered for glamorous cocktail parties. Socialites and politicians, royals and artists all enjoyed hospitality here. This eye-catching room is a mix of Art Deco and cutting-edge Swedish design.
Saved from decline by the Courtaulds’, their lavish home is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture and design surviving in Britain today.
The marvellous panelled dining room and luxurious golden bathroom are just two of the other highlights you can enjoy.
Discover new rooms at Eltham Palace now open to the public for the very first time. Explore the map room where the globetrotting Stephen and Virginia planned their exotic world travels. Step into a reconstruction of Virginia’s walk-in wardrobe to see beautiful period dresses, hats and accessories, and try on some vintage-inspired replicas yourself. Find out more about the Map Room Project.
Go down to the basement with its billiard room and original mural, photographic darkroom and wartime basement bunker. This provided a level of comfort during the Blitz that few ordinary citizens, taking refuge in tube stations or Anderson shelters, could have imagined.
Take just a few steps and travel back in time from Art Deco modernity to a medieval masterpiece.
Gaze out from the minstrels’ gallery across the magnificent Great Hall and admire the glorious hammer-beam roof built for Edward IV five hundred years ago.
First recorded in the Domesday book, Eltham Estate was presented to King Edward II in 1305. It developed into one of the most favoured royal palaces with 1,000 acres of deer park on its doorstep.
Henry VIII spent many childhood years here, but his daughter Elizabeth I preferred the location at Greenwich, and Eltham Palace slowly fell into decline.
Before you leave, explore 19 acres of beautiful gardens with new interpretations throughout. Admire the herbaceous border designed by award-winning garden designer Isabelle Van Groeningen. Take time to wander around the Rock Garden with its series of pools and cascades running down to the moat.
Cross the moat on London’s oldest working bridge, and smell the roses in the sunken rose garden. Virginia had a passion for roses, and even had a red rose named after her.
Stephen was also a keen gardener and won several Royal Horticultural prizes for the orchids he grew in the glasshouses at Eltham.
After all that, relax in the tea rooms located in the new visitor centre, and enjoy a tasty lunch or a quick afternoon treat.
Browse a range of fabulous Art Deco inspired gifts in the shop, and take home a souvenir of your visit.
We will be using a selection of 4 star hotels in the Greenwich & Docklands area for this tour, including the Doubletree by Hilton, Greenwich, Novotel London Excel, the Hilton Canary Wharf Hotel, the brand new Novotel Canary Wharf and the Crowne Plaza Docklands.
Although we have booked the stay on a bed & breakfast basis, dinner can be arranged in the hotel (supplements on request, but usually around £25 per person for three courses). Alternatively there are restaurants and bars in the local area for guests to make their own arrangements (we can supply a list of local restaurants that are open on a Sunday evening).
Please note that during the Winter Period (November to the end of January), Eltham Palace has limited opening hours.
This tour is also available for longer stays, but please note that Eltham Palace is usually closed on a Saturday.
|Dates throughout 2019 & 2020||from £75.00 per person|
Supplements of around £40 will apply for single occupancy rooms.