Itinerary: The History Buff
A day out that provides enjoyment with a slice of history – learn about the history of the Dulwich area as well as viewing classic paintings.
Morning: Explore Dulwich and its history
Take a pleasant stroll around the old grounds of Dulwich Manor, which was bought by the actor and patron Edward Alleyn in 1605, setting in motion the creation of Britain’s oldest purpose-built public gallery. There’s plenty of parkland to enjoy, but for the history-lover, the highlight is undoubtedly the old buildings at Dulwich College, originally built for the education of 12 poor schoolboys. A particular highlight is Christ’s Chapel, a well-preserved 17th century chapel that is still in use today. It houses a copy of Raphael’s Transfiguration by one of his assistants, recently refurbished in conjunction with the Gallery.
A statue of Edward Alleyn is also nearby, erected in 2005 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Alleyn’s purchase of the estate. This is a must-see for anyone interested in the ground and its history.
Noon: Dulwich Village
Located right next to Dulwich College, Dulwich Village offers a great range of cafés and restaurants for a bite to eat before heading to the Gallery.
Afternoon: Dulwich Picture Gallery
Dulwich Village is just a stone’s throw away from the Gallery, so head on over to browse our collection of Old Masters paintings and our high-profile exhibitions. You’ll also want to see the Gallery’s Mausoleum, an integral part of Sir John Soane’s original design for the Gallery. The Mausoleum was actually bombed in World War 2 – find out more on our history timeline here.
Afternoon tea: Gallery Café
To satisfy your gallery-goer’s appetite, head to the Gallery Café for Afternoon Tea. This British classic is one of our café’s specialities and the perfect way to round off a day of historical engagement.