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Address: | Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 3AB, England
Phone Number: 448444827777
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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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Royal Residence in a Secluded Setting

Nice piece of Georgian architecture. Was not open for inside tour when I was there. Pretty good hike to get to it but worth it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2015
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Oak Park, Illinois

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Oak Park, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Nice piece of Georgian architecture. Was not open for inside tour when I was there. Pretty good hike to get to it but worth it.

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Thank gstrange8
Greater London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

This place is big and very beautiful layout. I could spend all day here as its so relaxing and defintley a breath of fresh air.

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Thank joe d
Greater London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Such a relaxing and beautiful time here. Went with my wife and forgot about my daily work. Had lots of nice things In there

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Thank Caseyhunt
Amersham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Beautiful grounds and just so chilled and relaxing always love visiting Queen Charlottes Cottage, cannot wait to go back on my anniversary.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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182 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

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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Thank T1ssy
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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Thank Fran139
Cape Town
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 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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Thank Indi54
Leominster, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 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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Thank Miriam B
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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