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Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte's Cottage

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 3AB, England
44 0870 751 5179
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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... more » 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. « less
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Warwick
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63 reviews 63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We had a great time here on the Saturday.The trolley ride (extra £4-50 per adult all-day hop on and off) enables you take in this 326 acre park better, and comes with a running commentary. The “Princess of Wales” glassed area was excellent. There was a lot of effort made with the outside planted area. The house is worth a... More

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Rayne, United Kingdom
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31 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

An interesting trip, but this is not a great palace as we think of it, more of a large country house. The main problem is that to get to the house which is free to enter, you have to go through Kew Gardens which is £16.50 each. So if you just want to see the house it's super expensive.. While... More

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Kuala Lumpur
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We arrived at the Kew Gardens on a cloudy day which threatened to rain anytime. The first place we stopped by was the Palm House as it was the nearest attraction to the Victoria gate. There is an aquarium underneath the Palm House which children love. The Palm house is also a good getaway if you want to get away... More

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

I am rating Kew Palace average because, while the curatorial work is extremely good, I do not consider it to be overall an excellent attraction. Within London Historic Royal Palaces also manages the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace, and the Banqueting House. This seemed to me to be by far the least interesting. The palace is quite... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Very well done the guides are all dressed in the costumes that would have been worn at the time that the King lived there. The kitchens are also interesting and we were told that the king had his bathroom in the kithen area seperated from the main palace to avoid the servants having to carry the hot water across to... More

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Kew Palace and gardens, there's more there than you think. Firstly, you'll need most of the day to see it all. Easy to get too on the District line. Briefly, if the weather is fine the grounds are lovely and interesting to look around (takes some time). There are various plant houses to see. And of course the Palace, plus... More

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The Palace was carefully restored and the staff were very helpful in explaining each room and the uses thereof. Most enjoyable.

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England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Visiting Kew Gardens with the Wife's W.I. we were surprised to see an attraction free without even being a member of The National Trust or British Heritage. Mind you now have you pay big time to get into Kew Gardens! It is worth the visit to inspect this royal establishment where George !!! was hidden away during his periods of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is the most beautiful place and everyone should go an see it. Kew gardens is so beautiful! I took my children there and we all enjoyed our trip and had a lovely day.

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london
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

My wife and I came here with friends. The palace is now free with entrance to Kew so you should come here if you are visiting the gardens and also do not forget the nearby Royal Kitchens. Allow about 45 minutes to 1 hour to visit both. Kew Palace is interesting as it is fairly unique, partly furnished with lots... More

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