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Kew Palace

A hidden royal home in Kew Gardens

A hidden royal home in Kew Gardens

Experience the intimate Kew Palace, home of George III and Queen Charlotte. Explore Queen Charlotte’s Cottage and admire the spectacular view from the Great Pagoda.


Opening times

Palace/Royal Kitchens/Great Pagoda: Daily 11:00-16:00. Last entry/timeslot 16:00. Climbing the Pagoda requires a separate ticket, which can be booked here.

Queen Charlotte's cottage: Weekends/bank holidays only: 11:30. Last entry 15:30. 

Please check full opening hours for closures before a visit.

Tickets and prices

A ticket to Kew Gardens is required in order to access any site within Kew and must be purchased online via the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew website.

  • Kew Gardens tickets: Members enjoy a 10% discount on tickets and our guidebook and can visit the Great Pagoda and join Kew Palace daily tours free of charge.

Getting here

Kew Palace, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE

Parking - Brentford Gate, via Ferry Lane, near the Main Gate.

  • £9.00 for a full day throughout the year. (300 spaces)

What's On

  • Tours and talks

Evening Curator Talks

Join Polly Putnam and Lee Prosser in our curator talks at Kew Palace and dive deep into the captivating history of the palace with these industry experts.

  • July - September
  • 18:15 - 20:00
  • Kew Palace
  • Separate ticket (advance booking required)
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  • Tours and talks

Queen Charlotte: A Kew Palace Story Tour

Get to know Queen Charlotte more closely in the intimate setting of Kew Palace, in our brand new tour.

  • Daily
  • 14:00 (tours last 30 minutes)
  • Kew Palace
  • Separate ticket
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  • Tours and talks

Hidden Spaces Tours

Discover the areas hidden behind the scenes at Kew Palace and find out where the royal servants lived and worked in our daily Hidden Spaces Tour. You will be guided by one of our costumed hosts, who will take you to the palace attic.

  • Until 29 September 2024
  • 16:00 - 16:30
  • Kew Palace
  • Separate ticket
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Things to see and do

  • Things to see

Kitchen Garden

Wander through the edible Kitchen Garden at Kew - a veritable sanctuary for wildlife, created to serve the royal family when staying at Kew Palace.

  • Open
  • Kew Palace
  • Included in palace admission (members go free)
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  • Things to see

Queen Charlotte's Cottage

Discover a queen's rustic country retreat in the grounds of Kew Palace with a visit to Queen Charlotte’s Cottage.

  • Open Weekends and Bank Holidays
  • 11:30 - 15:30
  • Kew Palace
  • Included in Kew Gardens admission
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  • Things to see

George III’s Breakfast Room and Dining Room

Learn about how George III ate and his relationship with food during his treatment at Kew Palace.

  • Open
  • Kew Palace
  • Included in Kew Gardens admission
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Discover beautiful commemorative souvenirs and unique gifts inspired by our palaces.

Browse history and stories

The King's 'Malady'

George III's Mental Illness Explored

Curator Polly Putnam explores what we know of George III's mental and physical illness, the misconceptions under which his doctors treated him, and his brutal but ineffective treatment at Kew.

The newly restored Great Pagoda at Kew, which now has 80 dragons adorning it.

The Explosive History of the Kew Pagoda

One of the most surprising periods in the history of the Great Pagoda is its use as a secret testing site during World War II. Curator Polly Putnam picks up the tale of this fascinating discovery.

Support Us

As an independent charity, there are several ways you can support us.

The Great Pagoda, showing a close up view of a dragon carving roof decoration. The dragon has a curled tail and its wings are spread. Colours are primarily green and gold with touches of blue and red, including a red tongue. The Pagoda reopened to the public on 13 July 2018 following a five-year restoration project.


Help us to conserve these historic buildings, ensuring they are here for future generations to enjoy. We raise all our own funds and depend on your support.

Promo event at Kew Palace - Savour the Sights of Kew. Flowers in the Kitchen Garden where a drinks reception is to be held.

Become a member

Enjoy unlimited adventures at our palaces, a 10% discount in our shops and cafés, and exclusive events when you become a member of Historic Royal Palaces.

The Great Pagoda ground floor after restoration 3 July 2018. Looking towards the closed doorway and showing interpretation detail, printed directly onto the south-west wall. Showing a diagram of the Great Pagoda and information entitled 'The Dragons' about the 2018 replacement of 80 hand-carved dragons which originally adorned the pagoda.

Become a patron

Step closer to history and join us for unique and amazing events as a patron of Historic Royal Palaces.