Although it houses a very fine girls' school, Old Palace is an old stately home, with some parts dating back to Norman times and many others to the Tudor era. Hence it is in regular need of maintenance and restoration, and one of its sources of income for this work is the Friends of Old Palace (Registered Charity No. 261663).

The Friends came into being in the 1960s when the Sisters who managed the School saw the value of a voluntary body giving parents, past pupils and others an opportunity to become involved in fund-raising activities. Around that time the Sisters also received a grant of 1000 for urgent repairs to the building on condition that they opened it to the public on specific days of the year, and realised they would be unable to fulfil this request without outside assistance. Thus the Friends were given the twin aims of raising money for, and organising tours of Old Palace, and these remain their two principal functions today.

While you're on the tour, you'll be able to see some of the ways in which the money raised by the Friends has been used - for example, hand-crafted furniture in the Guard room, stained glass and solid wood seating in the Chapel, the restored Tudor Dining Room of Cardinal Morton, all much appreciated by pupils and visitors alike. And you can join the Friends, too, if you would like to express your ongoing support for the work we do.

Click HERE for Membership Application Form



We hope to run tours in October 2021 as detailed below.

October: Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th, Friday 29th.

Unfortunately Old Palace will not participating in the LONDON OPEN HOUSE weekend in 2021. We hope that things will be back to normal in 2022

Admission: Adults 7 | Concessions (60+) 6 Children U16 3

The Secretary would appreciate an address and telephone number when enquiries are made on-line.

Doors open at 1.30pm. Please note carefully that, except for OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND, ALL TOURS COMMENCE AT 1.45pm. Booking is not necessary unless you are planning to come as a group of 10 or more (upper limit 20) - in which case please phone us on 020 8656 5563 or e-mail us marybob1@hotmail.com for further information. Please note that groups, over ten in number, will be asked for a 2 per head, non-returnable deposit.

Sadly, Old Palace is not suitable for wheelchairs.
Each tour lasts two hours, including a stop for tea and cake in the Great Hall, and the tea is included in the price of the tour. All tours are guided and unaccompanied touring of the building is not permitted. Photography is also not permitted.

The pictures below give but a small idea of what awaits the visitor at Old Palace. Click on each of them for a brief description and an enlarged image.

Heritage Day 2000 Great Hall-Internal Great Hall Roof Structure Royal Arms Guard Room 15th Century Doorway Last Visitor

The Old Palace is situated in the Old Town behind the Parish Church in Old Palace Road (which is off Church Street - the Gun Tavern is on the corner). Click
HERE for a map of the Croydon area.

Parking is not available in the school carpark, unless there are special circumstances. Old Palace is easy to reach now by public transport thanks to Tramlink, Croydon's new tram system. The Church Street stop is right opposite the end of Old Palace Road. East Croydon train station is a 20 minute walk and West Croydon train station is 15 minutes away by foot.