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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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Well worth a look round - to see how the other half lived, and the construction of the building (gaps left in some walls so you can see the structure). Donations expected, as it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
travelling-man38
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Leicester

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is well worth a visit if you are at Kew it is a cute little fairytale cottage that used to be used for picnics.

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Leicester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth a look round - to see how the other half lived, and the construction of the building (gaps left in some walls so you can see the structure). Donations expected, as it is separate from the Gardens

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Thank travelling-man38
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A fun place to walk through in the middle of Kew! Moderately renovated with kitchens and a lovely kitchen garden.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Travel the path through the bellbells and wild flowers to this lovely cottage. The Picnic Room is not to be missed.

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Thank lisa l
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Looked shabby on the outside ,rather disappointed. Unable to visit inside to look around . no idea when it is open.

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Thank fruitbun
London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

The cottage is not to be confused with Kew Palace as is located not far from Victoria gate entrance on the way to Princess of Wales conservatory. You cannot miss it near the lake close to this entrance, right in front of the Conservatory.

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Thank TERRAvelista
Cheltenham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Included in visit to Kew, timed tickets, worth seeing while you are at Kew, plenty of history, interesting building.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

One of the many interesting landmarks at the Kew Gardens. Certainly not lavage and not too big for a king. All the same well preserved and a short walk through. Free with entrance to the Kew Gardens.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

This part of Kew is secluded and an antidote to the crowds near the main gate. Aside from the bluebells which are nice at the moment there is not a huge amount to see and this attractive building is not often open and only takes a few minutes to see when it is. Only come here if you have seen... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Worth a look at while your at Kew as it is free once your in the gardens, Guides in the rooms to ask questions to if you like and look at the map to find it as you don't want to miss it

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