Kew Palace, Richmond-upon-Thames

Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
Kew Palace is a British royal palace in Kew Gardens on the banks of the River Thames up river from London. Originally a large complex, few elements of it survive. Dating to 1631 but built atop the undercroft of an earlier building, the main survivor is known as the Dutch House. Its royal occupation lasted from around 1728 until 1818, with a final short-lived occupation in 1844. The Dutch House is Grade I listed, and open to visitors. It is cared for by an independent charity, Historic Royal Palaces, which receives no funding from the Government or the Crown. Alongside the Dutch House is a part of its 18th-century service wing, whilst nearby are a former housekeeper's cottage, brewhouse and kitchen block – most of these buildings are private, though the kitchens are open to the public. These kitchens and Queen Charlotte's Cottage are also run by Historic Royal Palaces.
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  • 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  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Had a wonderful day strolling around the different areas! So diverse so many different types of plants trees and greenhouse greenery. Amazing. U need a full day to get round a good part of it! Took a picnic so could stop anywhere for a rest with beautiful views. Shall return!!
  • Great location to visit, it does need a good hour or two to fully explore and take in all it has to offer. It makes a good pit stop on the walks around Kew Garden and is an insight into the life of some of the monarchy many years ago. There is no lift in this building so if you have pushchairs or similar, this building may be one to skip. It is also very dark inside even during day light so if you have poor vision, you may not be able to fully appreciate it.

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