One of the perfect Historic Royal Palaces (HRPs) to visit during Spring is Kew Palace within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It is open from 1 April to 1 October every year so be sure to visit soon whilst the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining!
The UNESCO World Heritage site covers 326 acres of land and has over 40,000 species of plants. To make the most of the visit, spend a full day at Kew. Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy the flowers all around you!
The Pagoda reopens in 2018.
If you’re visiting Kew in May, Queen Charlotte’s Cottage will be surrounded by bluebells. I would recommend visiting the cottage first as it’s furthest away and is a 25 minute walk from Kew Palace (which is close to the entrance). The cottage is fairly small so you’ll need around 15 minutes to have a tour of the place where King George III and his family would use for rest and refreshment during their walks.
This was George’s favourite place but he didn’t go back after 1806. Queen Victoria later gave cottage, grounds and palace to the public during the Diamond Jubilee in 1898.
The ‘Dutch House’ is the remaining part of a former larger complex from 1631. Kew Palace was used as a summer house from 1772 (to 1818?) by George III and his family. It had been a country house of George’s paternal aunts. Kew Palace was open to the public until 1996 before reopening in April 2006.
Tickets: £15.50 / £14 (HRP members receive 10% discount off the Gardens and have free entry to the cottage and palace).
Hours*: Mon-Thurs 10-18:30 (last entry at 18:00) / Fri-Sun until 19:30 (last entry at 19:00) / until 17:30 on bank holidays
*Visit the Treetop and Orangery first as both close an hour early.
Directions: Take the District tube line towards Richmond and get off at Kew Gardens Station. The stop is a 5 min walk. Just make sure you don’t miss your stop as it won’t be easy to switch platforms.
Shopping: There are quite a shops to buy gardening essentials, also beer and treats made from botanics. Did you know Boots has products made from RBG?