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Address: | Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond TW9 3AB, England
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+44 844 482 7777

A most intimate royal palace, Kew was built as a private house in 1631 and...

A most intimate royal palace, Kew was built as a private house in 1631 and used by the royal family between 1729 and1818, in conjunction with several other buildings nearby which no longer exist. In happier times, George III, Queen Charlotte and their 15 children enjoyed a relatively simple domestic routine at Kew. The palace rang with laughter and fun as family games and birthday celebrations provided the distractions from affairs of state. However, in later years the atmosphere darkened as family rivalries became more intense and relationships soured. Kew became a retreat for an ailing King George and a virtual prison for his elder unmarried daughters. The Royal Kitchens at Kew are a unique survival - a Georgian royal kitchen left untouched for 200 years, with many original features intact. They tell the story of the servants who worked in them - and evoke life on the 6th February 1789, the day George III was given back his knife and fork, after his first episode of ‘madness’. The nearby Queen Charlotte’s Cottage was built in 1770, and later enlarged and decorated as a fascinating cottage orné.

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An interesting place to visit with Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is a large area to cover in one visit and I suspect that not everyone gets to see it all. This is worth a quick visit though if you have time.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 November 2016
Becky G
Esher, United Kingdom
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

beautifully restored and full of history. within the grounds of Kew Gardens, a lovely little gem of a place.

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Esher, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Kew Gardens is a large area to cover in one visit and I suspect that not everyone gets to see it all. This is worth a quick visit though if you have time.

Thank Becky G
Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Hidden on the grounds of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew you'll find this very quaint little cottage. Built somewhere around 1754, it was giving to Queen Charlotte in 1771 who then remodeled it to her liking. It's very picturesque so don't forget your camera's.

Thank Brett K
Rijeka, Croatia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The rustic cottage built as an addition to the palace for resting in the gardens and taking afternoon tea is a nice example of the architecture and a way of life in the 18th century. It was a popular destination for royal walks and today it is an interesting place to see when visiting Kew Gardens.

Thank Borzov
Powys, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is a lovely house. Displays are kept to a minimum and the rooms have good informative plaques. The top floor was for me the most interesting as it has been stripped back to the original showing remnants of times past. A must is the private gardens at the rear where you will see the herb and medicinal gardens with... More 

Thank kim n
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The interior of the cottage is quite interesting and the staff are very helpful providing information. It's very interesting how small everything is inside. It's a nice little detour from the rest of the gardens and the area behind the house is very nice.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed visiting the palace and seeing some of the original part of the 17th century house uncovered. As this building is in Kew Gardens adds to making it a great day out.

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Hove, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

A great experience looking back at the past in all it ordinariness and splendour. Easy to get around although there are plenty of stairs there seems to be plenty of access for those less able. The staff are really friendly and very knowledgeable Perfect way to spend a few hours a perfect place to go if the weather is not... More 

Thank Scowp
Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

We were at Kew Gardens for the day, so decided to check out Queen Charlotte,s Cottage. A bit bigger than the usual Cottage. It was very Interesting looking around and there were some wonderful exhibits on display in the display cases. Unfortunately you cannot get to the very top, but it is interesting to see the bare walls and how... More 

Thank Roger97544
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

The picture above is incorrect, it's a much smaller house in the forest near the Lion gate entrance. Worth seeing, but wasn't open when I saw it. Reeks of history though... check it out.

Thank Mark B

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