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“How the other half lived.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Queen Charlotte's Cottage

Queen Charlotte's Cottage
Ranked #7 of 44 things to do in Richmond
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Owner description: 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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“How the other half lived.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

Visiting Kew Gardens with the Wife's W.I. we were surprised to see an attraction free without even being a member of The National Trust or British Heritage. Mind you now have you pay big time to get into Kew Gardens! It is worth the visit to inspect this royal establishment where George !!! was hidden away during his periods of mental illness. His unmarried daughters lived here with him and were not permitted to mix with men, at the time this place was referred to as 'the nunnery'. For those with walking difficulties lifts are available in the house giving access to all 3 floors but only the ground floor in Queen Charlotte's Cottage is available to wheelchair access.The staff dressed in period costume are very friendly and informative.

Visited July 2014
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“This is the most beautiful please”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

This is the most beautiful place and everyone should go an see it. Kew gardens is so beautiful! I took my children there and we all enjoyed our trip and had a lovely day.

Visited August 2014
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“Very intersting visit but limited information provided”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

My wife and I came here with friends. The palace is now free with entrance to Kew so you should come here if you are visiting the gardens and also do not forget the nearby Royal Kitchens. Allow about 45 minutes to 1 hour to visit both.

Kew Palace is interesting as it is fairly unique, partly furnished with lots of the building structure uncovered so you can see how it was constructed an altered over the centuries. There is an informative introductory film and some intersting clothing and silver objects thet belonged to George 3rd.

There is not much information in the rooms though and so the guidebook is worthwhile at £5. The thing I did not like is that the sale process of the guidebook is very much like being approached by a Chugger on a London street.

As far as Queen Charlotte's cottage goes it is a long walk to the other side of the gardens and is hardly ever open and as far as I can remember there is not a great deal to see inside so if you have a whole day at Kew or are coming in the Spring to see the bluebell wood then you may wish to pay a visit (after checking it is open) but not worth it otherwise.

Visited August 2014
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“Lovely visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

Highly recommended visit when you want to leave the hustle and bustle behind. Some people were painting. Some were having a picnic. Others were there for a musical concert. Underrated establishment.

Visited July 2014
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York, United Kingdom
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“Lovely intimate palace”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

This is just a review of the palace, as Queen Charlotte's cottage was closed when we visited, as it only open at weekends (although it looked great from the outside). I really enjoyed the palace: you can only see it as part of a day trip to Kew Gardens, but it is a real highlight of the visit to the gardens. It is not a full reconstruction of the palace: some rooms are museum rooms, video rooms, or have other displays within them. The top floor is fascinating - it has been left in the condition that it was re found in the 1980s, so it is fairly decayed, but shows some of the older features of the house (excellent for building historians/archaeologists!). It is just a pity that they cannot make the servant section safe for visitors to explore too.

They can only let so many people in at any one time, so if it rains, it may be too full and you might not be able to get in straight away!

Do ensure that you explore the gardens at the back of the palace, and the Royal Kitchens and Kitchen gardens, as they are all lovely.

Finally, the guidebook is very good.

Visited July 2014
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