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Queen Charlotte's Cottage

| Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond TW9 3AB, England
+44 844 482 7777
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Attraction at Kew Gardens

One of the many things to see at Kew Gardens and learn more of the history of the family that lived... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Beautiful gem

Visited this as part of Kew Gardens . Well worth a visit as this cottage is absolutely beautiful... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2017
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
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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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| Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond TW9 3AB, England
+44 844 482 7777
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Reviewed yesterday

One of the many things to see at Kew Gardens and learn more of the history of the family that lived here. It was decorated by them as shows what the household would have been like. There are staff to answer questions.

Thank festiqueen
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Visited this as part of Kew Gardens . Well worth a visit as this cottage is absolutely beautiful . The decorations in the picnic are original and simply stunning. The kitchen still has the service bell in place. The gardens are full of bluebells in...More

Thank trudyprice2016
Reviewed 1 May 2017

A great place to learn about Queen Charlotte and her family life as well as her lasting influence on Kew Gardens. This is the best place I know for seeing and photographing Bluebells at their best.

Thank Kam-Hong-Leung
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

The cottage was closed but it was still interesting to see an 18th century cottage on these beautiful grounds with many kinds of English Oaks and snowdrops. Bluebells were just starting to come up. It is also a nice walk to get there through the...More

Thank Bruno S
Reviewed 14 February 2017

beautifully restored and full of history. within the grounds of Kew Gardens, a lovely little gem of a place.

Thank nokidsintow2014
Reviewed 12 November 2016

Kew Gardens is a large area to cover in one visit and I suspect that not everyone gets to see it all. This is worth a quick visit though if you have time.

Thank Becky G
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Hidden on the grounds of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew you'll find this very quaint little cottage. Built somewhere around 1754, it was giving to Queen Charlotte in 1771 who then remodeled it to her liking. It's very picturesque so don't forget your camera's.

Thank Brett K
Reviewed 23 October 2016

The rustic cottage built as an addition to the palace for resting in the gardens and taking afternoon tea is a nice example of the architecture and a way of life in the 18th century. It was a popular destination for royal walks and today...More

Thank Borzov
Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is a lovely house. Displays are kept to a minimum and the rooms have good informative plaques. The top floor was for me the most interesting as it has been stripped back to the original showing remnants of times past. A must is the...More

Thank kim n
Reviewed 19 September 2016

The interior of the cottage is quite interesting and the staff are very helpful providing information. It's very interesting how small everything is inside. It's a nice little detour from the rest of the gardens and the area behind the house is very nice.

Thank Peter N
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