Kew Palace is a British royal palace within the grounds of Kew Gardens on the banks of the River Thames. 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.
Beneath the Dutch House is the undercroft of a 16th-century building. This was on land owned by John Dudley and restored to his son Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, childhood friend and court favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, in 1558. It belonged to a west-facing brick building and may be identifiable with a house in Kew in which Robert Dudley entertained Elizabeth in 1563 – one of Elizabeth's main palaces at that time was the nearby Richmond Palace.
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roland j. ruttledge local guide | Dec 3, 2017
Splendid building with an interesting history. A lot of renovations going on. Will look terrific when complete. Delightful garden.
John Sullivan | Aug 26, 2017
One of the best value days out there is, impossible to experience the entire place in a day, even if you spent the full 10 hours here. Great exhibits, the Princess of Wales greenhouse is just one of the superb highlights. We've decided to visit the place annually until we're sure we've seen it all...
Zahir Malk | Apr 12, 2018
Kew Gardens is a lovely day out. Children will love out.
Zarquon The Hoopy | Jul 10, 2017
Really nice gardens, glass houses are amazing, Kew house where George III spent a lot of time was interesting. A good smattering of restaurants and toilets but not obtrusive. A nice place to spend half a day, for me a whole day would be pushing it.
Gay Petter | Sep 15, 2017
A very interesting, intimate palace. Well worth a visit. Knowledgeable room guides!
Rebecca Stacey | Apr 15, 2018
Beautiful gardens with a large variety of trees and flowers to view. We went in March-April time so not much was blooming and the whole day was miserable as it was raining! However Kew Gardens has lots of indoor activities as well, lots of exotic plants in huge green houses. The only reason this is a 4-star rather than a 5-star review is because when we went there was a lot of renovation and construction going on at the time, we weren't made aware of this and there were no alternate routes put on the map which was a bit frustrating as we'd plan what buildings and routes to see but when we got there it would be blocked off so we'd have no choice to go back. I was really looking forward to the Pagoda but that too was under scaffolding. Overall it was a lovely day, not at all marred by the rain however if you want to book tickets to go, I suggest researching a bit and just making sure the things you want to see are open and they probably won't let you know when you get there or have alternate routes available.
carol davis | May 2, 2018
The Former home of King George 111 and Queen Charlotte makes for a great day out. The gardens around the palace are also suitable for families as kids would love the Treetop walk and Palm house. Lovely woodland walks as well as plants. Would particularly recommend a visit to the Palace as it explains how the royal family fitted into Kew.
Alex Todd | May 12, 2018
Love the people in period dress, the house is a little bare though. Loved the gardens at the rear and the kitchen garden to boot.
Katia Schoenaker | May 10, 2018
Very nice place to visit. Small and elegant palace tells us about English Monarchy of 1700's.
Shobana P S | May 11, 2018
Might be more interesting for someone who has followed the history of the people who lived there.
Ly V | May 23, 2018
Run by a separate charity and they rely on donations. The staff welcome you in period clothes which is very amusing. The house has many floors, the top is not restored and has a eerie vibe to it but still very interesting. I liked learning more about the history of the royals and how Kew played a part in it. Definitely worth visiting. Last entry is at 5.15.
Joe Elliott | May 31, 2018
This was a bit of a low point in the park to me. The gardens around the palace are lovely, but the palace itself is a little flat and unengaging. I breezed through and nothing really drew me in or captured my attention. Probably wouldn’t worry too much about seeing inside if there’s a queue.
JPe Tejado | May 31, 2018
Beautiful palace. It's the smallest of British royal residences, and provided a popular country getaway for the monarchy in the reign of George III. Gardens behind are spotless. Very good photo opportunity.
Dean Wyatt | Jun 25, 2018
This was a rather welcome surprise when visiting Kew Gardens. I was previously unaware of the historical significance of this place or even that it existed! The staff walk around in period costume which add to the atmosphere. There are rooms with original furniture that reflect their use and place in history. They maintain a garden of curious medicinal herbs that were used to treat George III during his period of convalence. A must see if you are over that way. The kitchens are worth a look too!
Marta Rybarczyk | Jul 3, 2018
Loved it. Beautiful place with variety of plants and things to do. It is almost like a huge park but with many extras. The palm glass house is very impressive and gives impression of being transported to a different geographical zone. Great place for picknic and to bring the kids. If you are not local, and you only have one day, start early. There is so much to see that is impossible to do in one day.
J Bogumska | Jul 12, 2018
Nicely preserved, large house. With exposed area upstairs showing the construction methods. Good information laid out around the house and the guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. Entry is free but as they are a separate entity from Kew Gardens, rely on donations.
S W | Jul 12, 2018
Predates most of my knowledge of the British monarchy, but still worth a look. There are some rooms where they haven't restored or have opened walls, so you can see what the construction process was. Really neat even if you aren't interested in the royals.
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