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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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Walton-On-Thames, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

The palace is small and doesn't take long to see it. The kitchen was also interesting both places were kind of dark inside. We got in for free with our garden ticket. Kew gardens was very pretty and a lot of walking. Our favorite was going to the Treetop walkway. Many flowers were still in bloom, lots of parakeets in... More

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Littlehampton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Kew Palace is now free to get in with easy access lifts to all floors worth a stop off if you are in Kew gardens.

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Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I visited Kew Palace with my three year old twin grandchildren and was extremely impressed. The building is small (for a royal palace) but the lives of King George III and his children are brought to life by the excellent interpretation and the many staff who work in eighteenth century costumes. I can recommend a joint trip to the Palace... More

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northumberland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I had wanted to visit here for a while and I felt that although I did enjoy my visit here I was like another reviewer stated a little underwhelmed. It is quite dark inside and a lot of the rooms are stripped back to the bare wood really and not much to see. I felt that also you had paid... More

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Bristol
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The building is within Kew Gardens which is pricey (£15.50 for oldies!). The building is interesting and very very old but is very sparsely furnished and didn,t do much for me.

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BOURNEMOUTH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

kew gardens a real treat ,grounds and gardens lovely . didn't have tme to see the cottage .will do that next visit

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

My daughter and I found Kew Gardens to be a real gem. A huge place (lots of walking) with plenty of beautiful things to see. A real oasis. If you didn't have the planes flying over from Heathrow you would never know that you were in London. It is so peaceful. Would recommend this as a excellent day out if... More

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Like other reviewers, to call this a palace is rather misleading. Yes, the royal family used the house as a "country retreat", especially during the period of "The madness of King George", to keep him from the public gaze. I found it a very underwhelming country house. Most of the upper rooms were stripped back to bare panels, there isn't... More

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essex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

A must for gardening enthusiasts. So much to see. The small train is worth a go as it would be impossible to see all of the gardens in one day and you are able to see areas that would probably be missed. The palace is a very understated royal residence. Homely and comfortable. Not much to see inside but pretty... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I haven't been to Kew Gardens in a very long time but was glad I made the effort this trip. Not only is Kew Village a great little place to visit in its own right, the gardens are just incredible and the Palace with all its memorabilia about George III and his family was exceptional. The audio that filled the... More

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