Lambeth Palace
Lambeth Palace
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Stu151
Wickford, UK1 788 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Visiting the garden on one of the open days, we also booked a visit to the library.

I'll split the visit into two, starting with the library.

We first visited the reading room, which is, well, a reading room, nothing more. Next we visited the conservation workshops, this was fine; but would have been better if greater detail had been covered, say on one of the projects in hand, rather than a very general introduction. The best bit, by far for us, was the chance to see some of the very old books they have in their collection, and also listen to an excellent explanation of their history and importance.

The garden was very disappointing. Without suggesting it should be pristine, it was all but totally overgrown, weeds everywhere, I would sum it up by saying if that if they applied to the National Gardens Scheme, we feel they would be rejected !!

(Lambeth Palace is itself shut to the public because of the major restoration scheme on going – we were told it reopens early next year , and is very well worth visiting for the tour).
Written 8 June 2024
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1 974 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We had a visit to the gardens as part of the National Garden Scheme. The gardens are surprisingly extensive and laid out with a large lawn and beds. There is some road and train noise. Pleasant but not particularly remarkable. There was a band and drinks available. No access to the buildings. An opportunity to see inside the palace gates so worthwhile.
Written 21 May 2024
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thezine71
London, UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The exhibition 'A Declaration of Our Hopes for the Future was a considered gesture to provide the context of Christianity in modern Britain through the coronation of King Charles in May 2023 as well as blending in past correspondence between monarchs whose contributions had been documented across the decades as historical keepsakes.

Being surrounded by such unique ephemeron meant that responsibilities have fallen on archivists curators, writers to articulate the narratives of the British monarchy renewing itself as one of regality and luck. Forbearance has been a charm bequeathed to the fortunate souls in the treasure made by these recognisable figures in Royal history. The Royal Family thrive to exhibit British excellence at its best because the presence of them seem to be born out of a fascination with life.

Coronations continue to confirm the relevance of the British monarchy since the middle ages to the present day because their lives have been interwoven into the fabric of society that can be guaranteed by the security provided in they always exist to inhabit the Britain at its best.

The accomplishment to this exhibition has been entitled 'Cantate Domino' which translates in Latin as Music in Services (check). The items and objects have been held to transfix the time through the lesser known and almost unheard of musical pieces that range from the 11th to 20th century as musical traditions incorporated into the Church of England.

The showcased pieces were assembled to present four main thematic concerns which consisted of Hymns, Songs of the Church, Music in Services, Preserved by Chance and Teaching Music.
The strongest aspect of the exhibition focused on making these highly respected objects accessible to the public and for that main reason the Crown and the people do not seem so detached from the varied realities they hold.

The part entitled 'John Newton and Amazing Grace' emboldened the historiography and historicism preservation should be something to be remembered as well as a way to learn not to teach people to behave in such brutally ways. New Year's Day of 1773 had been the first time Amazing Grace' had been performed and Newton used the sermon from that day to provide a basis for the hymn. The direct inspiration came as a belief that anything negative can be turned into a positive understanding of humankind.

In retrospect the exhibition focused on thinking and making time held by others not seem so inaccessible to most individuals regardless of race, gender, class etc. Each item was concentrated to evoke new feelings about things that had been documented and witnessed in the past and present. This sense of awareness encourage a wider feel for emotional inclusion for what had been experienced as national events since the 11th to 20th century in the United Kingdom.
Written 10 July 2023
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21 804 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
On my walk between the two Tate museums, I felt it appropriate to see the formal residence of the leader of the Anglican (Episcopalian) Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury. There was a museum but I did not go in. I just enjoyed from the exterior.
Written 24 May 2023
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8 929 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
We saw this as we whizzed by on our hop on hop off bus tour. Tudor style, only the gardens are open, it's the residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Written 18 March 2020
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Dear Alice, Thank you very much for your review. Although Lambeth Palace is temporarily closed, we do regularly offer full guided tours which give the opportunity to explore the rooms and chapels, as well as detailing the history of the Archbishops of Canterbury. These are on specific dates which are available via Universe at: https://www.universe.com/explore?query=lambeth%2520palace&loc=London&ll=51.498%252C-0.128 Many thanks! Conor Lambeth Palace
Written 6 April 2020
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Alister M
Glasgow, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Exceptional historical location to visit, we had an excellent visit with an exceptionally knowledgable guide.
Great place to visit if you wish to expand your historical knowledge of this great capital landmark
Thankyou.
Written 21 February 2020
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Dear 135alisterm, Thank you very much for your review and we're delighted you had such a wonderful visit! Many thanks, Conor Lambeth Palace
Written 6 April 2020
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theharrogatelady
Harrogate, UK1 648 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We walked past here to enjoy a riverside walk in New Year’s Day. We saw lots of the palace and the gardens from the riverside. It was really interesting to see the residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Written 4 January 2020
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Dear theharrogatelady, Thank you very much for your review. If you're ever interested in having a full guided tour of Lambeth Palace, we regularly hold dates which are available via Universe at: https://www.universe.com/explore?query=lambeth%2520palace&loc=London%252C%2520UK&ll=51.5073509%252C-0.1277583 Many thanks, Conor Lambeth Palace
Written 6 April 2020
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BD1
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We booked the Old Study for a staff lunch. Arranging this was straightforward as the staff were very helpful in the booking process. That warmth and helpfulness continued even as we had to make last minute changes. On the day, we were greeted with happiness and treated as if we were royalty! The food was incredible. The staff were happy. The presentation was very good. If you fancy a treat at the heart of London - do make a booking here.
Written 20 December 2019
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Dear Horseferry, Thank you very much for your review and we were delighted to work with you for your Christmas lunch booking. We look forward to collaborating again! Feel free to contact me directly at hospitality@lambethpalace.org.uk for any enquiries you may have in the future. Kind regards, Conor Lambeth Palace
Written 6 April 2020
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Joseph P
London, UK135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
I went during OpenHouse London, which is a weekend when it's open for free. Fantastically beautiful building with a rich history, and a great deal of beautiful garden space- especially for London! The tour that day was self-guided, but every room had guides in it, so it was effectively the same as a guided tour, but at your own pace
Written 11 October 2019
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Fiona R
London, UK200 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
Booked this tour for myself and a friend . You can only visit the palace as part of a tour. Cost £12 each plus booking fee. Arrived and asked to wait in a small room with all the others in the group.
Our tour guide collected us and began the tour . It was good and interesting although it was quite difficult to hear at times . The guide was obviously knowledgeable but the delivery was a little stilted. It was quite expensive compared to other houses and tours ( although not in central London)
We did enjoy it and would recommend for those with an interest in Anglican Church history.
Written 2 September 2019
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