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Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte's Cottage

  • Kew Rd. at Lichfield Rd. Map It
  • Kew
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 02/27/2014

Fodor's Review

The elegant redbrick exterior of the smallest of Britain's royal palaces seems almost humble when compared with the grandeur of, say, Buckingham or Kensington palaces. Yet inside is a fascinating glimpse into life at the uppermost end of society from the 17th to 19th centuries. This is actually the third of several palaces that stood here; once known as Dutch House, it was one of the havens to which George III retired when insanity forced him to withdraw from public life.

Queen Charlotte had an orné—a rustic-style cottage retreat—added in the late 18th century. In a marvelously regal flight of fancy, she kept kangaroos in the paddock outside. The main house and gardens are maintained in the 18th- century style. Entry to the palace itself is free, but it lies within the grounds of Kew Gardens, to which you must buy a ticket in order to enter.

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Sight Information

Address:

Kew Gardens, Kew Rd. at Lichfield Rd., London, TW9 3AB, England

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Phone:

0844-482–7777-(only in U.K.); 020-3166–6000

Website: www.hrp.org.uk

Sight Details:

  • Free; separate charge for entering Kew Gardens
  • Palace late Mar.–Sept., daily 9:30–5:30; Queen Charlotte's Cottage late Mar.–Sept., weekends 10–4

Updated 02/27/2014

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