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Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte's Cottage

Address: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 3AB, England
Phone Number: 44 0870 751 5179
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A most intimate royal palace, Kew was built as a private house in 1631 and used by the royal family...
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Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 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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Pasadena, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Lush gardens on many acres that include several greenhouses, one from Victorian times and a modern one named for Princess Dianna. We spent the whole day there and had a very nice lunch at the restaurant in the Orangerie. Queen Charlotte's cottage is interesting because they left the plaster off the walls on the upper floor so that you may... More 

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Surrey
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51 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The surrounding gardens are fantastic. The buildings are small and intimate and worth a visit but its a double payment - once for the gardens and then for the Palace and Cottage together (NT members have to pay to get into Kew Gardens although the buildings are free to members)

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Kew garden is ideal for nature-lovers. Can see a wide collection of beautiful flowers, plants, trees and landscapes.

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Colorado
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274 reviews 274 reviews
133 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The Country home of George III. It was used when he was having periods of mental illness. Very plain, it was furnished with some 17th century items. There is a fireplace that was installed from the ancient Richmond Palace. Also went into the Palace Kitchens, which were not very large for a palace. They did have a very nice kitchen... More 

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The lady in Queen Charlotte's Cottage was not very friendly or helpful but it is interesting to see inside. No photo's allowed. Kew Palace is small, the gardens and kitchens are very interesting. We had to queue as they only allowed so many in at a time but worth seeing.

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Oviedo, Spain
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I really love Kew and the Kew Explorer. When I visit London, I always find time to go to Kew Gardens. It is a must-go!

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Hampshire
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73 reviews 73 reviews
26 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

I liked the history of both buildings. Helpful attendants to answer questions definitely worth popping into during your stroll around the botanical gardens

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Camden Town, null, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Worth a look around, not an awful to see or do,,, long walk, I would not return,,, Staff always watching you, Don't touch that, Etc,

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Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

There is a long narrow path leading to the cottage with foliage each side, then you come to an opening were you see at last the thatched cottage with lead light windows a very pretty building. there is not much furniture or and pictures. Could be developed

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

We were very disappointed that we joined as members of the Royal Palaces, yet still had to pay to enter the grounds at Kew to get to the palace, yet there is no entry fee for the palace, (this is misleading when joining as a member of the Royal Palaces)! Kew Palace in itself was very disappointing, and not much... More 

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