Kew Palace

Kew Palace, Richmond-upon-Thames: Hours, Address, Kew Palace Reviews: 4.5/5

Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas • Architectural Buildings
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Experience the intimate Kew Palace, home of George lll and Queen Charlotte. Explore Queen Charlotte’s Cottage, a rustic country retreat in the grounds of the palace and admire the spectacular view from the Great Pagoda. Kew reflects the personal and domestic life of Georgian kings and queens for much of the 18th century. Today the interior of this tiny atmospheric palace tells the powerful story of George lll, his mental illness and the members of his family who lived and died there.
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Shahar L
Herzliya, Israel228 contributions
Small palace- but interesting one!
Sep 2021
This small building can hardly be called a palace- i had to go around twice to make sure i got to the right place, however-inside its quite interesting and also put some focus on the king mental illness , so definitely worth the visit while in kew.
Written September 27, 2021
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Andrew R
Market Harborough, UK392 contributions
Might as well
Sep 2021 • Family
Free to enter with kew gardens ticket. Not very big house but interesting to walk round. Open from 10 till 4.30 in September.
Written September 11, 2021
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Nina W
24 contributions
Worth visiting when at Kew
Aug 2021
A visit to the Palace is included with your Kew entrance ticket. It's worth a visit. Friendly, helpful staff.
Written August 4, 2021
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Storyteller263313
4 contributions
Quintessentially Kew
Aug 2020 • Friends
Loved the rock gardens and alpines. Amazing too see thr pains taken to replicate real habitats. Had a lovely time learning and enjoying the greenery in Kew
Written August 23, 2020
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KCLondonGirl
Lenexa, KS225 contributions
Glimpse into the life of King George III & Queen Charlotte
Oct 2019 • Solo
This home is lovely, a piece of history frozen in time. The grounds and garden are lovely as well, and as I understand, many people come just to see the gardens. If you’re interested in a long walk to see the Kew Palace as well, it’s well worth it. Many of the original furnishings remain, including a bed and chair that belonged to Queen Charlotte. The home is the smallest of the Historic Royal Palaces, but very rich in detail. I didn’t get to see it (it closes earlier than the main house) but there is a small cottage that Queen Charlotte used for tea, and I was told that much of the interior furnishings remain. If you love interior detail, lovely gardens, and history, this is the place for you. It’s a wonderful walk back in time.
Written July 25, 2020
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,638 contributions
An unexpected gem!
Jun 2019
While visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew for the first time, we were surprise to find Kew Palace within the grounds of the botanic gardens.
There is no extra charge to enter the palace once you are within the botanic gardens. However, there are strategically positioned donation boxes within the palace building with signs requesting donations to assist with the upkeep of the palace.
The palace building is quite small compared to other British royal palaces we have visited. It is more like a large country house in style, rather than a royal palace.
All of the floors of the palace are open to the public and they are accessed by a narrow central staircase. The rooms have nice displays with appropriate period furniture. Information plaques are displayed in each of the rooms providing an insight into royal life within the palace.
There are lovely views of the palaces ornate formal garden located to the rear of the palace, available from the upper floors of the palace building.
The palace’s kitchen is located in a nearby out-building and it is also open to the public.
For us, the Kew Palace was an unexpected gem during our visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. It is one on the “must-see” attractions within the grounds of the botanic gardens!
Written December 17, 2019
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Prabin
2 contributions
Amazing views.
Dec 2019 • Friends
The place was amazing. Good for family outings. Lovey views and lovely greenery. It can be an outing for friends outing too.
Written December 6, 2019
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA27,046 contributions
Charming Georgian garden and interesting kitchen
Apr 2019
The palace of King George III and his wife Queen Charlotte looks pretty modest, but apparently the King and his family (15 children!) enjoyed the tranquility of it.

In all honesty, the Palace Garden with its lovely fountain and the Kitchen Herb Garden impressed me more than the Palace itself.

The kitchen is small and looks pretty basic, but it was quite interesting to look at the book of record with the list of products used for the king's meals. You can see the rooms where the bread and pastries were baked, the fish and meat stored, vegetables washed...

If you have a Royal Historical Membership card, the entrance to the Kew Palace is free.
Written October 30, 2019
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Amy Jiang
Greater London, UK2,076 contributions
Little detour to this palace
Aug 2019
This small but intriguingly fascinating palace nestled towards the back of Kew Gardens hosts a small variety of pieces around the life of King George III and Queen Charlotte. From the dresses of her and their children, their personal possessions as well as the extensive fire on the second floor that destroyed most of the children's bedrooms, leaving not much behind apart from a few sparse picture frames for every room.
Written October 25, 2019
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Nicola D
Hessle, UK2,964 contributions
Insight into the life of King George III and Queen Charlotte
Sep 2019
You are asked for a donation to view the palace on top of the Kew Garden entrance fee. Kew Palace was home to George III and Queen Charlotte and their 15 children. It was extremely interesting and the young guides (who were all giggling over mobile phones while we were there) are dressed in period clothes which adds to the atmosphere. Parts of the house have been restored and furnished according to the period, and other parts have been stripped back to original brickwork and building materials. Admire the Queen’s garden from the back windows. Sadly we did not have time to explore the Queen’s garden or the kitchens on this occasion. We will just have to return.
Written October 3, 2019
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