Resources for Families

We have a number of resources – images and videos – that will tell you more about the Palace. You can enjoy them at home and use them as preparation to make your visit to Otford even more enjoyable

A short video produced by Barbara Derby and narrated by Rod Shelton shows the Palace as it was in Tudor Times

A walk around Otford Palace which is divided into six short videos.  

Part I: Introduction    

Part II: The approach   

Part III: Palace Field  

Part IV: The North-West Tower   

Part V: The Moated Manor   

Part VI: Recent History

A set of drone images taken in August 2018 show the buildings of the North Range as they are today.

A video sequence of the Palace from the air

3D model of the interior of the North-West Tower   This model can be manipulated using your mouse.  Remember that you are looking at the interior of the Tower. It takes a little getting used to at first!

And a series of short videos telling stories about the Palace and the objects in the Heritage Collection:

The Story of Becket’s Well

The Story of the Papal Bulls

A Young person’s reminiscence is an imaginary account of William Carter and how he became Head Groom at the Palace of Otford in 1520.

Make your own model of the Palace. A model of the North Range to cut out and assemble

The Heritage Village of Otford has 44 listed buildings, many dating from Tudor times. Find out more about Otford here.

And beyond Otford Palace itself, you might like to explore:

Your Visitor’s Companion to the Houses, Castles and Manors of the Sixteenth Century. Guides, a blog, You Tube channel and more!

Simon Thurley’s encyclopedia of British Royal Palaces and royal builders. It lists around 150 places in Britain that were royal houses at one time or another from the Saxons to the present day. This website is continually being updated as new evidence comes to light and new entries are being added all the time.