We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
WINNER WONDERLAND
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: | Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond-upon-Thames TW9 3AB, England
Phone Number: +44 844 482 7777
Website
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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 235 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 92
    Excellent
  • 79
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
An interesting place to visit with Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is a large area to cover in one visit and I suspect that not everyone gets to see it all. This is worth a quick visit though if you have time.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Becky G
,
Esher, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

235 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 204: English reviews
Esher, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Kew Gardens is a large area to cover in one visit and I suspect that not everyone gets to see it all. This is worth a quick visit though if you have time.

Helpful?
Thank Becky G
Edmonton, Canada
Level Contributor
59 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hidden on the grounds of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew you'll find this very quaint little cottage. Built somewhere around 1754, it was giving to Queen Charlotte in 1771 who then remodeled it to her liking. It's very picturesque so don't forget your camera's.

Helpful?
Thank Brett K
Rijeka, Croatia
Level Contributor
1,227 reviews
1,057 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 604 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

The rustic cottage built as an addition to the palace for resting in the gardens and taking afternoon tea is a nice example of the architecture and a way of life in the 18th century. It was a popular destination for royal walks and today it is an interesting place to see when visiting Kew Gardens.

Helpful?
Thank Borzov
Powys, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
68 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

This is a lovely house. Displays are kept to a minimum and the rooms have good informative plaques. The top floor was for me the most interesting as it has been stripped back to the original showing remnants of times past. A must is the private gardens at the rear where you will see the herb and medicinal gardens with... More 

Helpful?
Thank kim n
Level Contributor
29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

The interior of the cottage is quite interesting and the staff are very helpful providing information. It's very interesting how small everything is inside. It's a nice little detour from the rest of the gardens and the area behind the house is very nice.

Helpful?
Thank Peter N
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed visiting the palace and seeing some of the original part of the 17th century house uncovered. As this building is in Kew Gardens adds to making it a great day out.

Helpful?
Thank Archieblackcat
Hove, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
142 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

A great experience looking back at the past in all it ordinariness and splendour. Easy to get around although there are plenty of stairs there seems to be plenty of access for those less able. The staff are really friendly and very knowledgeable Perfect way to spend a few hours a perfect place to go if the weather is not... More 

Helpful?
Thank Scowp
Greater London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
108 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

We were at Kew Gardens for the day, so decided to check out Queen Charlotte,s Cottage. A bit bigger than the usual Cottage. It was very Interesting looking around and there were some wonderful exhibits on display in the display cases. Unfortunately you cannot get to the very top, but it is interesting to see the bare walls and how... More 

Helpful?
Thank Roger97544
Level Contributor
39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

The picture above is incorrect, it's a much smaller house in the forest near the Lion gate entrance. Worth seeing, but wasn't open when I saw it. Reeks of history though... check it out.

Helpful?
Thank Mark B
Paris, France
Level Contributor
18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

Queen Charlotte's cottage is a small one storey thatched building in Kew Gardens where Queen Charlotte liked to picnic. It is on the western side of Kew Gardens closest to Lion Gate (this is the closest gate to Richmond Station). It is only open from late spring to early autumn and usually only at weekends and bank holidays. However you... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank Namewhatname

Travelers who viewed Queen Charlotte's Cottage also viewed

Richmond-upon-Thames, Greater London
Richmond-upon-Thames, Greater London
 
Richmond-upon-Thames, Greater London
 

Been to Queen Charlotte's Cottage? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Queen Charlotte's Cottage and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Queen Charlotte's Cottage staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?