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“Worth a visit but not a great palace.”

Queen Charlotte's Cottage
Ranked #9 of 57 things to do in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 17 August 2014

An interesting trip, but this is not a great palace as we think of it, more of a large country house. The main problem is that to get to the house which is free to enter, you have to go through Kew Gardens which is £16.50 each. So if you just want to see the house it's super expensive.. While you are paying such a high price you might as well see the gardens and greenhouses. Probably not worth a second visit unless you really want to see the gardens.. The staff in the palace were excellent and very helpful.
The house visit takes 30 minutes but the gardens can take 2-3 hours.

Thank bougivalbob
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

We arrived at the Kew Gardens on a cloudy day which threatened to rain anytime. The first place we stopped by was the Palm House as it was the nearest attraction to the Victoria gate. There is an aquarium underneath the Palm House which children love. The Palm house is also a good getaway if you want to get away from the England cold summer.

The Palm House sites the largest and oldest potted cycad in the world. It was first planted in 1775 and the seed was collected during Captain Cook's second round-the-world voyage. The rose garden was a bit disappointing as the roses had started to wilt. However, the waterlily enclosure was filled with beautiful water-lilies. We only spent half a day there and hadn't covered 10% of the gardens. I would suggest spending a whole day to get the benefits of the finest Botanic Gardens in the world.

Thank paeds88
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Very well done the guides are all dressed in the costumes that would have been worn at the time that the King lived there. The kitchens are also interesting and we were told that the king had his bathroom in the kithen area seperated from the main palace to avoid the servants having to carry the hot water across to the palace. I wouldn't have believed that a KING would be so considerant. The are also herb gardens and a kitchen garden adjacent to the house.

Thank The_Original_Dodger
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

The Palace was carefully restored and the staff were very helpful in explaining each room and the uses thereof. Most enjoyable.

Thank Pam H
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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.

Thank EnglandFattyarbuckle
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