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Eltham Palace and Thames Cruise

Eltham Palace and Thames Cruise

A perfect day exploring Eltham Palace, free time in Greenwich and a Thames River Cruise

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Textile millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld built their 1930s mansion onto the Great Hall of Eltham Palace, the childhood home of Henry VIII creating an Art Deco masterpiece. Meet the Blue Badge Guide at 10.30am at Eltham Palace, for time to buy coffee before a very entertaining morning that takes us from the Tudors to the Twenties.

You tour the house as an invited guest of the Courtaulds. Walk into Ginie’s wardrobe to try on her hats and breathe in her perfume. Take a peek in the golden tiled bathroom and experience the glitz and glamour of the cocktail hour. This is a house full of quirky details: a built-in vacuum cleaner and a suite of rooms for Virginia’s pet lemur. Stephen’s fitted rather menacing PA speakers in every room so that he could bark orders at the servants and page his wife! It’s great fun - Art Deco meets Hollywood with a twist of Cunard Liner.

We’re off to Greenwich for free time for lunch in the buzzy and compact small town by the river.

Hands up who doesn’t enjoy a Thames River Cruise? We take a one hour cruise to Westminster passing the City and West End sights. There’s a skipper’s commentary and a bar on board where you can buy hot and cold drinks. You’ll be ready to head home from Westminster by 4.30pm giving you a little head start on the rush hour.


Approximate timings

10.30am Arrive Eltham Palace to start the day with time to buy refreshments

11.15pm we visit Eltham Palace & the Gardens

Transfer over to Greenwich where we stop for free time for lunch (individuals to choose and pay on the day) and we have some free time in Greenwich before boarding the boat 3.30pm Thames River Cruise from Greenwich to Westminster

4.30pm You will be ready to head home from Westminster Pier

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Colchester United FC Colchester United FC, United Way CO4 5UP (off A12)
Parking £7.00 per day.Please contact 01206 540424.
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Felixstowe-Premier Inn Felixstowe Bus Stop opp Premier Inn, Garrison Ln
Ipswich Railway Station Ipswich Railway Station, Burrell Road, IP2 8AL
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Trimley St Martin (PH) Trimley St Martin - Opp Hand in Hand Public House,
IP11 0RL
Trimley St Martin (Reeve) Trimley St Martin, Reeve Lodge,
Trimley St Mary (Sprites) Trimley St Mary, Opp Sprites Hall Lane,
Trimley St Mary Bus Stop Trimley St Mary, Bus Stop, Nr Station Road,
Walton - Half Moon Walton, Half Moon Public House,IP11 9QL

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Galloway Travel Group, Denters Hill,
Mendlesham, Suffolk, IP14 5RR

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