Discover more about these historic royal kitchens, the servants who worked in them and Georgian culinary life.
9 April 2021. Following the death of His Royal Highness, there will be changes to opening hours for the gardens at Hampton Court Palace and Hillsborough Castle. For further information, please read our FAQs page
Updated 10 March: Kew Palace is closed. In line with recent government announcements, we hope to welcome our visitors back to Kew Palace from 4 June 2021. More information to follow.
Next door to Kew Palace, the royal kitchens remain miraculously preserved, 200 years after they were last used.
Experience the little kitchen garden, with neat vegetable beds laid out between gravel paths, and fruit trees climbing the walls. This gives a flavour of what the Georgian kitchen gardens were like - when they were in use the real kitchen gardens were enormous and stood alongside the Kew Road.
Subject to volunteer availability, there are often tours of the Royal Kitchens themselves. Check the clock in the Garden for more information, or find your own self-led, external tour of the building here.
The most intimate of our six royal palaces, Kew was built as a private house in 1631 and used by the royal family between 1729 and 1818. These gifts and souvenirs are all inspired by Kew Palace.