To get to Eltham Palace, it’s about a 15-minute walk through leafy suburbia from Mottingham railway station, which is served by London Charing Cross and Cannon Street stations. From Mottingham station (stop MN), the 161 bus takes you to Eltham Church Court Yard (stop J), from where it is a short walk to the palace, or you could call a cab for a three-minute drive. For the more energetic, Eltham Palace is on the National Cycle Network.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: Being staffed may mean there is only staff in the ticket office, who may not always be available to assist - booking is recommended
DayOpening Hours
Weekdays06:10 - 19:30
Saturday 06:40 - 20:00
Sunday 08:10 - 15:40
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelPart time
Oyster PrepayAvailable
Oyster topupAvailable
Oyster validatorAvailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Travel card zoneZone 4
Left LuggageUnavailable
Lost PropertyAvailable
Telephone typesCoins and cards
Station BuffetAvailable
Station Buffet notes
Cold drinks vending machine
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
Baby changeUnavailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park
Carpark operatorMeteor Parking Ltd
Car parking spaces171
Carpark charges
Six Monthly£539.00
Three Monthly£270.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces30
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes
outside station, Platform 1
Cycle storage notesKept locked with combination padlock. Users know the code.
Step-free accessWhole station
Step-free access notes
Step free access to all platforms. Ticket Office and Car Park are step free.
Ramps for train accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterUnavailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

Accessible taxis are not available

About Eltham Palace

First recorded in the Domesday Book, the Eltham estate was presented to King Edward II in 1305 and became a favourite royal residence, with Henry VIII spending much of his childhood here.  Some of the medieval palace still survives, including the great hall, with its magnificent wooden hammer-beamed roof.

But what makes Eltham Palace unique is the glamour built into the house by the Courtauld family in the booming 1930s. Working with the Swedish designer Rolf Engströmer, they incorporated the medieval elements into an ultra-modern home, which now stands as one of the finest Art Deco dwellings to be seen anywhere. The entrance hall, with light cascading in through its glazed dome and illuminating its sleek modernist furniture and fittings, shares memories of opulent parties and a swinging social scene. The Courtaulds embraced the technologies of the new century, incorporating electric fires, a loudspeaker system, a private internal telephone exchange – and even a centrally heated room for their pet lemur, Mah-jongg.

The gardens are also a fantastic blend of medieval and modern, with London’s oldest working bridge reaching across to the ornamental gardens, shrubberies and water features created by the Courtaulds tucked around the remains of the medieval fortifications.

Departures and arrivals from Mottingham

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Mottingham station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to GravesendSoutheastern00:18On time
to London Charing CrossSoutheastern05:06On time
to London Charing CrossSoutheastern05:26On time
to London Charing CrossSoutheastern05:37On time
to London Cannon StreetSoutheastern05:45On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from London Charing CrossSoutheastern00:18On time
from GravesendSoutheastern05:06On time
from GravesendSoutheastern05:26On time
from CrayfordSoutheastern05:37On time
from CrayfordSoutheastern05:45On time

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