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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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pretty and interesting

i went through kew palace, the royal kitchens (which is another building), and the gardens of each (unfortunately the cottage is closed on weekdays) - the palace is decorated in a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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Tralee, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Loved Kew Gardens and our trip into the historical Kew Palace. The herb garden was very interesting. My favorite this time was the rhododendron walk with so much colour. The treetop walk with the leaves so young was excellent. I love to visit gardens that have so many of the plants I have in my own garden.... I feel I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

Firstly this requires the whole day so get there early. You have the Palace and the kitchens which are interesting Queen Charlotte Cottage you can't go inside. Then you have all of the garden areas This is worth going to even if your not a garden person , plenty of places to rest and grab a bite or drink but... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

More history of English royalty, this time the place where George 3rd recovered from his mental illnesses. The palace has been substantially renovated but the really nice thing is that some rooms have been restored back to the original decoration, but some rooms have been left with various structural elements exposed. Well worth a visit whilst in Kew Gardens, there... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Me and my partner visited Kew Palace on one occasion. What can I say, other than what an amazing outing this was. We went on a very hot day which was the added bonus. The garden was massive and you could easily get lost. However, the map was a good way of checking out the different locations in the garden.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I was very impressed by the whole experience. The Palace has been beautifully and loving restored with great attention to detail. the upper rooms are left unrestored. The signage and information on the royal family is excellent, The staff are dressed in period costume which adds to the pleasure and whole experience. This house is often missed by visitors to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

i went through kew palace, the royal kitchens (which is another building), and the gardens of each (unfortunately the cottage is closed on weekdays) - the palace is decorated in a lovely georgian fashion with artwork, period furniture like beds, chaises, chairs, desks, clocks, even a harpsicord, that were all actually used by king george's family while they lived here,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This Palace is located within Kew Gardens so admission to the gardens also allows you to visit the Palace. There are people dressed in period costume to greet you and the house is set up as it may have been when it was inhabited a fascinating look at the past. You then have the whole of the gardens to explore... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

If it weren't for the constant flights going in to land at Heathrow airport, you could be forgiven if you forgot you were in central London whilst traipsing around the magnificent Kew gardens. Some people complain that the entrance fee of £16.50 is steep, however what we need to be cognizant of is the fact that the botanists at Kew... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Being an overcast day, mid-week, this review is completely biased, as I had the gardens nearly to myself. Kew is a respite of calm (once you tune out the fact you're in the Heathrow flight path). There are several family friendly restaurants, art galleries and activities, which quite honestly, are not necessary. The plantings speak for themselves and the added... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

If you want to see an historic house where the narrative of the building is quite brilliantly shown then this the one. This an early house that became a royal home

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