Private tours

The most intimate way to experience the private world of Georgian Kew

The most intimate way to experience the private world of Georgian Kew

Private morning tours

Private tours of our buildings are available before we open to visitors at Kew Palace. These exclusive tours are the most intimate way to experience the private world of Georgian Kew.

Our knowledgeable costumed hosts will take you back in time through our unique buildings beautiful buildings to discover the inner workings of this historic Royal Estate.

Please note bookings do not include entry to Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

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Kew Palace and the Royal Kitchens

Take an intimate behind-the-scenes look at Kew Palace, home of George III and where he came to receive treatment during his periods of mental and physical ill health. Your host will also show you the most secret parts of the Palace, kept shut during the day; the attics, complete with 17th century witches marks, and an original Tudor undercroft.

The Royal Kitchens and the Kitchen Garden following restoration in 2013. Looking down the pathway from the vegetable garden where terracotta rhubarb forcing pots stand in a row of rhubarb. Glasshouse rooves are just seen on the left of the image.

Then, explore the Royal Kitchens and discover how the servants of the Royal Family lived, worked, and prepared meals fit for a King. The uniquely preserved Georgian kitchen is a real glimpse into another world, and hides many surprises; such as original fixtures and fittings, a Georgian refrigerator and even King George’s bath!

Tours run from 9.30 to 11.00

Maximum group size is 25, minimum 10

Tours are £65 per person

Private Morning tours of the Great Pagoda

You and up to 9 friends and family can experience a private guided climb of the Pagoda, with your own personal costumed guide on hand to tell you all about the history of this fascinating building and point out all the famous landmarks.

You’ll learn the history of this incredible building; from its inspiration in 18th century China to the unique role it played in the Second World War.

The Great Pagoda, looking south along the Pagoda Vista. Showing the autumn colours of trees on either side of the vista. The Pagoda, an imitation Chinese octagonal tower of ten storeys, was designed by Sir William Chambers and completed in 1762.

Your 45-minute tour will also give you an insight into the restoration of the Pagoda in 2018 and the detailed investigation work that was carried out to reintroduce the Pagoda dragons to Kew! Once you’ve climbed the 253 steps to the top, you’ll enjoy fantastic views across Kew Gardens and West London.

Tours run from 10.00 to 10.45

Maximum group size is 25, minimum 4

Tours are £50 per person