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Lambeth PalaceLondon
Lambeth Palace Road
London  SE1 7JU
TfL Fare Zone 1
 
 
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On the south bank of the River Thames at Lambeth is the London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, a red brick Tudor palace with a battlemented gateway.
 
The Archbishop is the senior bishop of the worldwide Anglican Communion and Lambeth Palace has been his London residence since the close of the 12th century. It is one of the few medieval buildings left in London, in fact it is said to be the last of the old London riverside palaces.
 
Because it is a working office and private home, Lambeth Palace is not generally open to the public. A glimpse of the palace buildings and gardens can be got from the top deck of the red double-decker buses that run along Lambeth Palace Road.
 
Alternatively, the exterior can be admired by walking along the riverside from Westminster to Lambeth, crossing the Thames by either Westminster or Lambeth bridges.
 
Imposing 1495 Tudor Gatehouse
The Palace has an imposing Tudor gatehouse dating from around 1495. The chapel dates from the 13th century but the majority of the buildings inside the walled palace date from the 15th century or have been built later in a style matching the 15th century gatehouse.
 
Inside Lambeth Palace
As this historic pelace is not normally open to the general public the following link is quite interesting  Web:  Inside Lambeth Palace
 
Lambeth Palace Gardens
Nine acres of the private gardens were given in 1901 to the people of Lambeth. This land now forms Archbishop's Park.
 
In June each year the Palace Gardens are open to the general public when the Archbishop hosts the Lambeth Parish Fete - see Web:  Lambeth Parish Fete
 
Lambeth Palace Library
The Library is open to the public. For details on accessing the library go to  Web:  Lambeth Palace Library Palace Library
 
The London Open Topped Buses pass along Lambeth Palace Road towards South Bank and the London Eye in front of the Palace and it is possible to see over the stone wall surrounding Lambeth Palace and get a fleeting glimpse of the buildings beyond.
 
Guided Tours
Guided Tours are conducted regularly by expert guides see Web:  Visit Lambeth Palace
 
Contact & Further Information
 
Getting There
 
- By Underground
Westminster Station    District, Circle and Jubilee Lines From Westminster Station, walk across the River Thames on the Westminster Bridge, turn down Lambeth Palace Road past St Thomas’ Hospital to Lambeth Palace.
 
Or from Westminster Station walk past the Houses of Parliament and through The Victoria Tower Gardens. Cross the River Thames by the Lambeth Bridge then turn left into Lambert Palace Road to Lambeth Palace.
 
- By Mainline Rail
Waterloo or Victoria Stations then bus 507 in either direction
 
- By Bus
We suggest that you visit the Transport for London website above and use the 'Journey Planner'.
 
Google Maps - Lambeth Palace