History and stories

History and stories

Queen Victoria's statue in Kensington Palace Gardens

Discover for yourself some of Kew’s sights and stories, whether you’re planning your visit or just wanting to learn more about this beautiful palace and its history.

History of Kew Palace

A history of Kew Palace's development and a timeline of some of the palace's most significant events:

Palace people

Meet interesting characters associated with Kew Palace:


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The spice cupboard inside The Royal Kitchens at Kew

Open the door to a lost space to discover more about these historic royal kitchens.

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Timeline of our palaces

Cross Palace Timeline

Browse through 1000 years of history and discover the stories that connect our palaces.

Our palaces: An interactive timeline