With a colourful and intriguing past that pre-dates the Domesday Book, Addington Palace is set in 163 acres of undulating, landscaped grounds. Henry VIII had a hunting lodge here and even wooed Anne Boleyn on site.
The elegant Palladian style mansion seen today was built in the 18th century by the Leigh family. It was soon established as the grand country retreat of six Archbishops of Canterbury, five of whom are buried in a nearby churchyard.
Inside there is a magnificent Great Hall, frosted with exquisite French chandeliers, hand-carved architraves and glistening silk wall coverings. There is a heavenly spa downstairs for those in need of pampering, whilst the other facilities make a majestic setting for weddings and conferences.
Free guided tours dig underneath the layers of history concealed within the palace. They run at sporadic dates throughout the year so we advise you contact the palace for tour enquiries.
Further articles featuring Addington Palace on LondonTown.com
Discover the best of London's entertainment this year with our comprehensive guide to 2014's top events. From theatre to art and music to sport, London in 2014 has something for everyone - so read on to find out what London town has to offer.
Hotels near Addington Palace
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel from £42 31% off
29/30 Dingwall Road, CR0 | 2.8 miles from Addington Palace
Located in the south of London, within easy travelling distance to the centre of the city, the Hampton by Hilton London Croydeon offers convenient and comfortable ... More
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel from £21 35% off
1 Lansdowne Road, CR9 | 2.8 miles from Addington Palace
The Lansdowne Hotel, Croydon has 42 comfortable bedrooms all with luxury toiletries, 'Hypnos' beds, iPod docking stations and complimentary WiFi. There is also a beauty therapy ... More
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
100 London Road, SE23 | 5.9 miles from Addington Palace
Victorian tea trader Frederick John Horniman collected specimens and artefacts from his travels around the world in the 1860's. His personal collection became the foundation of ... More
Entertainment near Addington Palace
London > Education > Arts and Drama
Parchmore Place, CR7 | 4.2 miles from Addington Palace
This popular, affordable music school delivers short and intensive part time courses in music production/technology, sound engineering, vocal techniques and keyboard/guitar/dj skills. They also have studios to ... More
London > Education > Language Courses
Liongate Enterprise Park, 80 Morden Road, CR4 | 5.8 miles from Addington Palace
Linguaphone is one of the most popular and effective ways of learning a language. Listen, repeat understand. That's their slogan, and the technique works very well ... More
London > Nightlife > Bars
10-11 Granville Arcade, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 | 7.9 miles from Addington Palace
Champagne & Fromage Brixton opens on 8th October 2013. Expanding from their Covent Garden shop into Brixton, Champagne & Fromage, the venture owned by French Bubbles ... More