Kew Palace

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Kew Palace is a brick mansion with a distinctly Dutch look in the grounds of Kew Gardens. In the eighteenth century, it was here that George III was confined during episodes of the mysterious and debilitating illness that is now believed to have been porphyria. On the ground floor there's an audiovisual display about the 15 children George III had with Queen Charlotte (when the King was well the royal family often stayed at Kew Palace in the summer). New items include a suit belonging to George III and his breakfast service.

In 2015 a new display of sketches, paintings and paper cuts made by the palace's talented young princesses will neighbour their beautiful 'Baby House', which was a showcas eof their handiwork. The royal kitchens are also open and are occasionally put to good use by historic chefs cooking up weekend feasts. 

Queen Charlotte's cottage is just a short walk from the palace and is home to more than 150 satirical engravings and a Picnic Room which was decorated with delicate paintings of flora by Princess Elizabeth. Kew Palace's annual opening takes place between March and September.

Venue name: Kew Palace
Address: Kew Gardens
Opening hours: Mar 28-Sep 29 2013: daily 9.30am-5pm
Transport: Tube: Kew Gardens; Rail: Kew Bridge
Price: £16, £14, concs, children (under 17) free (includes entry to Kew Gardens)
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