The current Kew palace was once a mansion which was owned by the Levett family. In 1734, King George III took that mansion on lease from Levett heirs and later in 1781, he bought this place for £20,000. This place was supposed to be a temporary residence for King George III while he waited for his new palace to be built but it took longer than expected and George III retired from public life. Later in 1828, the new palace plan was cancelled and the shell was demolished. Since then, the Royal Family resided in Kew Palace (known as Dutch House at that time). Queen Charlotte also died in the Dutch House in 1818, after that Queen Victoria held the throne and she gave this palace to the nation in 1837.
Things to Do at Kew Palace
There are plenty of things that you can explore while visiting Kew Palace including:
- You can explore the Royal Kitchens at Kew Palace that are untouched for more than 200 years.
- You can have a Georgian dinner with each dinner party having a different theme taken from history.
- You can also explore Queen Charlotte's Cottage which was used by George III and his family as a summer house; it is now open to public.
- Kew Palace is located within the Royal Kew Gardens; hence you can explore the Royal Kew Gardens as well.
The Kew Palace opens from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Sunday but the last admission time is 4:15 pm.
Tickets and Entry Requirements
Entry into Kew Palace is not free for adults whereas the children get free entry. Adult tickets are for £6 each whereas the concession price is £4.50.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB, United Kingdom.
How to Contact
If you have any query about the tickets or you want general information about the Palace, then you can contact the administration on the following mentioned contact number or email.
Contact: +44 844 482 7777
How to Get to Kew Palace
The Kew Palace is located about 0.9 miles away from Gunnersbury tube station which serves District line services. On leaving the station head northwest on Gunnersbury Mews and after 233 feet, turn left and go straight for 0.2 miles. Then turn slightly left to stay on A315 and after 148 feet, turn right towards Chiswick High Road and then turn left on A205. Take the first exit from the roundabout after 249 feet and the Kew Palace and Kew Gardens will be in front of you after 0.6 miles. View Map
You can also get there by Bus, Kew Garden stop A is located within the Kew gardens where Kew Palace is located. It serves bus numbers 65 and 391.