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Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte's Cottage

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Address: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 3AB, England
Phone Number: 44 0870 751 5179
Description: 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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All in the cost of visiting Kew gardens

There are two attractions. The kitchens and garden and the palace and its very interesting herb garden. The staff on duty were very helpful and informative.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

There are two attractions. The kitchens and garden and the palace and its very interesting herb garden. The staff on duty were very helpful and informative.

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Cleethorpes
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

We arrived as early as possible to enjoy the day here - and what a lovely sunny day. It was beautiful - and never seemed crowded. We used the train on a couple of occasions to give our legs a rest and listen to the knowledgeable driver. We enjoyed the treetop walk, walking round the upper reaches of the Palm... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Kew is huge so be prepared to walk. Having said that it is worth every step, from magnificent flower beds and colour schemes to impressive and majestic large trees. I loved the variety and colour and the sheer vastness of the place. The skywalk in the forest was great - once you climbed to the top! The Palace and surrounding... More 

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Once you pay your ticket you are entitled to visit the Palace, Queen's Charlotte Cottage and kitchens. The palace is a small building (compared to the other palaces) but in a perfect state of conservation. In fact they've left some walls not fully rebuilt so that you can see how walls were originally constructed. My favourite of these buildings were... More 

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Nothing to dislike, the entrance fee is well worth the money - take a picnic or eat there - we went in at 10am and left at the end of the day, having tried to do and see all of it. We still need to go back to see things in more detail and to see the park at different... More 

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Leeds, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We had a day at Kew - which is nowhere near long enough to see everything it has to offer. We took the 'Voyager' - a train that takes you round the garden, with a lively, amusing commentary from the driver - an excellent way of getting an overview and choosing where to focus attention, and, since the ticket is... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Lovely little house with an intriguing history, well worth a visit! I do feel there wasn't enough information around though, the guide was very small and there wasn't much signage in the rooms.

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Birstall, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

you don't have to be a keen gardener to enjoy what is a a delight of colour and smell, nothing to dislike only to marvel at. Try the tree top walkway.... for starters ... it's a full day out. Wrap up if its a cold day !.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Good day out but be warned one of the main hot houses closed for next 4 years. Think a discount should be offered on admission prices whilst this is shut.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Steam merry-go-round and roasted chestnuts - a relief from xmas shopping and great for a family walk.

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