JUN 03,2013 - JUN 03,2013 (1 DAYS)
Fulham Palace and the Bishop's Park:
Start and End: Putney Bridge Tube Station.
Orientation: 2 hours pleasant walk in the Bishop's Park, Fulham Palace with nice views to the Thames and Putney Bridge. Makes a great day out.
From Putney Bridge Underground Station head north on Station Approach, turn left to stay on Station Approach and turn right onto Fulham High St. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Fulham Palace Rd. Turn left onto Bishop's Ave and you face the entrance to the Bishop's Park. Bishop's Park is located in the south of the Fulham borough adjacent to the river Thames. Restored in years 2011-2012. The park boasts an urban beach unique to London parks. It includes 4 gardens: Sculpture garden, Pryor's Bank garden, Rose garden, Spanish War Memorial garden. Its main attractions are: The Ornamental Lake, The Thames promenade overlooking the river (part of the Thames Path) (nice riverside setting !) .and the Moat Garden. A memorial to members of the International Brigade who volunteered to fight in the Spanish Civil War is located within the park's grounds. Usually full when the weather is nice, there are places on the grounds where you throw down your blanket to enjoy the calm and relaxing atmosphere of the "palace" grounds.
Fulham Palace/Museum is a hidden gem and I recommend a visit if you want to see more of West London for free. Admission to Fulham Palace and the gardens is free of charge. Opening hours of the Palace/Museum: Saturday to Wednesday from 13.00 - to 16.00. The Museum of Fulham Palace charts the long history of the Fulham Palace site, from Prehistoric times and Roman settlement, through Medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian bishops to the present day. The Fulham Palace is not, actually, a palace. That's in the church sense of the word - not royal. This building used to be the palace of the Bishop of London who is the 3rd in importance in the UK after the Bishops of Canterbury and York:
Opening hours of the Gardens: Botanical gardens – daily from dawn until dusk. Walled Garden – daily from 10.15 to 16.15 (summer)
10.15 to 15.45 (winter). The Palace grounds are not overly landscaped or manicured. Behind the house lies a walled garden that has been pretty stripped back as part of a regeneration project. The Tudor courtyard is lovely. The house itself includes more religious artifacts (minor local archeological finds). It is worth visiting if only for the walled courtyards/garden and the most pleasing small chapel.