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Address: | Kew Gardens, Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 3AB, England
Phone Number: 448707515179
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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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Interesting cottage within the Kew Gardens. Informative staff and interesting things to look at. Takes about 15-20 mins to have a good look around

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Interesting cottage within the Kew Gardens. Informative staff and interesting things to look at. Takes about 15-20 mins to have a good look around

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Lovely little cottage to visit over two floors .thatched roof .not accessible if you are in a wheelchair as there is no lift in the house

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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A peep into history, we did not leave enough time to soak up the rich history. You also need good walking shoes and a visit in the summer which we did is wonderful as the trees close buy are spectacular to rest under.

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Leominster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

House was good but the walled garden was very good. The labels with the plants helped a lot, explaining about the healing powers and history

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This cottage is deceptively small inside, so it won't take longer than 15 minutes to visit, but it's worth it, especially to see the beautiful wall paintings on the top floor! By the way, the photo on trip advisor is of Kew Palace, not the cottage :)

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I don't understand why both these attractions are in on heading - they are different parts of the site, so hard to review together but here goes. The cottage you can whizz around in a few minutes. It's worth finding as there is a lovely spot in front for a picnic, but not a vast amount of historical information inside,... More 

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Milton Keynes, UK
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

I only visited Kew Palace and not the cottage. From the outside the building looks as if there will be lots to see & enjoy, especially with staff in the entrance dressed in period costume. Their role is to try and extract some money from you as there was no extra fee in gaining admission. My personal opinion is that... More 

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Kew Gardens has a long, storied history, Palaces, palms, pagodas, and princesses of long ago and just gone, a botanical tour of the world. The "train" tour gives you a good overview. treetop walkway gives you another perspective. The day we were there one train wasn't working and the creamery (though it was hot) was closed, disappointments in an otherwise... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

I loved this small palace - more of a grand house really it was used by George III and gave great insight into his family very relaxed and informative I've been to Kew before but never to the Palace, I would certainly visit both again.

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Witney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

So beautifully neat and well maintained with so much content. Peaceful and exceptionally well looked after.

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