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Travel information for your visit to Kew Palace

Travel information for your visit to Kew Palace

Where to find Kew Palace

Kew Palace
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Kew Gardens Entrances

Kew Palace is located within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Visitors can access Kew Gardens via four entrance gates:

  • Victoria Gate (TW9 3JR)
  • Elizabeth Gate (TW9 3AB)
  • Brentford Gate (TW9 3AF)
  • Lion Gate (TW9 2DF)

The Elizabeth Gate is closest to Kew Palace.

Plan Your Journey

Please check the Transport for London website for up-to-date travel information to ensure a smooth journey to Kew Palace.

Transport for London journey planner

The Great Pagoda

The Great Pagoda is situated in the southern end of Kew Gardens, near the Temperate House. Please be aware of the average walking times from the Gardens entrances:

  • Elizabeth Gate – 30 minutes
  • Victoria Gate – 15 minutes
  • Lion Gate – 5 minutes 
  • Brentford Gate (car park) – 40 minutes 
More on the Great Pagoda

Queen Charlotte's cottage

Queen Charlotte's Cottage is situated in the southern end of Kew Gardens, next to the bluebell woods. Please be aware of the average walking times from the Gardens entrances:

  • Elizabeth Gate – 40 minutes
  • Victoria Gate – 25 minutes
  • Lion Gate – 15 minutes 
  • Brentford Gate (car park) – 50 minutes 
More on Queen Charlotte's Cottage

Public transport

London Underground and trains

Kew Gardens Station (15-20 minute walk) is in zone 3 and served by the District Line and London Overground. There is no level access from the westbound platform.

Kew Bridge Station (15-20 minute walk) is served by South West Trains. Trains to Waterloo to Kew Bridge Station operate via Vauxhall and Clapham Junction. There is no level access at Kew Bridge.


Nearby stops include Mortlake Road and Kew Green.

Routes 65, 237, 267 and 391 stop at the entrance gates or nearby train stations.


Local Street Parking

Restrictions may apply on the residential streets around Kew. There is no parking allowed on Kew Road (A307).

Brentford Gate Car Park

Reached by Ferry Lane. £9.00 for a full day. Limited parking available.

Disabled parking

Brentford Gate car park has several dedicated parking bays for disabled visitors. There are three disabled parking bays near Elizabeth Gate on Kew Green. Parking is free for Blue Badge Holders.

Coach drop off and collection

Groups can be dropped off and picked up at the Elizabeth Gate on Kew Green.

There is no coach park at Kew. 


Bicycle racks can be found:

  • Inside the Victoria Gate
  • Outside the Elizabeth Gate
  • At Brentford Gate car park

Lockers are available at the Victoria Gate. Bicycles are not permitted in Kew Gardens.


Riverboats run in the summer from the following destinations:

  • Westminster
  • Richmond-upon-Thames
  • Kingston-upon-Thames

Westminster Passenger Services (from Westminster)
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7930 2062

Turks Launches (from Richmond-upon-Thames and Kingston-upon-Thames)
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8546 243


Queen Charlotte’s Christmas

Visit the Royal Kitchens at Kew Palace this Christmas at the former residence of Queen Charlotte and her family for festive-themed arts and crafts.

  • 12, 13, 18 and 19 December 2023
  • 11:00 - 14:00 (last entry 13:30)
  • Kew Palace
  • Separate ticket
Learn more
  • Tours and talks

Sensory Palaces

A health and wellbeing programme for people living with dementia and their carers at Kew Palace.

  • Until 05 December 2023. New programme in spring 2024.
  • Kew Palace
  • Free (advance booking required)
Learn more
  • Tours and talks

Hidden Spaces Tours

See areas of Kew Palace not normally open to the public, such as our attics complete with 17th century witches marks, and our Tudor undercroft on our new tours.

  • Closed
  • 16:00 (tours last 30 minutes)
  • Kew Palace
  • Separate ticket
Learn more


The royal kitchens at Kew

The kitchens have survived, practically untouched

The story of Kew Palace

Britain's smallest royal palace and George III's private retreat

Queen Charlotte

Wife of George III and mother to 15 children