This month, 20,000 tulips are in bloom on this backyard in south London

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This month, 20,000 tulips are in bloom in this garden in south London
Image: Eltham Palace & Gardens

20,000 tulips sound like something from the flower fields of Amsterdam, but it’s a spectacle to experience here in London.

Photo: Eltham Palace & Gardens

The Eltham Palace Tulip Festival takes place in April on the 19 hectare grounds of the Art Deco / Tudor mansion. Not only can you wander among the flowers and take a few colorful snapshots, but you can also take a guided tour of the gardens with experienced gardeners. Learn about the different types of tulips and find out how the ones planted today resemble those of the Courtaulds, the family who lived here in the 1930s.

Image: Eltham Palace & Gardens

The Tulip Festival at Eltham Palace takes place April 8-21 and is included in the entrance fee to Eltham Palace (£ 15.40 for adults / £ 9.20 for children). Tours run at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily, including Saturdays – there is no booking but spaces are limited. Arrive early if you want to take a tour.

Last updated on May 21, 2019