Talks, Workshops and Events

Talks, Workshops and Events

Come along to our unique events to learn more about our spectacular palaces.

Enjoy insights from historians, lively panel debates, craft masterclasses, getting hands-on with building projects, and much more.

Kew Pagoda Scaffold Tour

25 - 28 July and 22-25 August, 10.30-11.30 and 14.00-15.00

£15 / £10 concessions (members)

Behind the scenes of the Pagoda conservation project

Learn more about the conservation work involved in the Pagoda project. Talk to experts on site, see their work from up close.

1 hour guided tour behind the scenes of the Pagoda conservation project. A unique opportunity to wear a hard hat, climb the exterior scaffold and get up close to the fabric of William Chambers Pagoda, and learn how our experts look after a 18th-century building.

Ticket includes entrance to Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, access to Pagoda, guided tour on the site of the Pagoda conservation project.

Please note this event involves climbing on the external enclosed scaffold at considerable height on a busy building site. All participants must wear suitable footwear and clothing and consider their individual health needs.

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The Lost Dragons of the Great Kew Pagoda

Study Day

6 October, 10.30- 17.00,

£85 / £78 HRP Members

Join us for an exclusive peek into the development of this unique project bringing the dragons back to Kew.

Learn more about the Great Pagoda’s lost dragon sculptures with HRP experts in a full day of presentations and guided tours. Discuss the search for the dragons’ design with the conservation project carvers. Marvel at the shimmering colours our paint specialist developed for the dragons.

Get up close to the live conservation site to see the work in progress or explore the gardens in the vicinity of the Pagoda.

Ticket includes all lectures, tea/coffee, a sandwich lunch, exclusive access to Kew Palace, entrance to Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, optional tour of Pagoda conservation site, or guided tour in the gardens.

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How to make a Dragon

In 2015 Historic Royal Palaces embarked on an exciting conservation project aiming to return the Kew Pagoda to its former splendour.

Remarkably none of the 80 dazzling dragons which once adorned the building survived. We are now undertaking the task of recreating the dragons following curatorial research, referencing contemporary archive documents and chinoiserie style sources.

In this short clip we look at the beginnings of this journey, finding the shape for the new Pagoda dragons.


Listen to our talks and debates in this collection of podcasts from our adult learning programme.

Listen to our podcasts

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