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Review: Kew Palace

Attraction - Historic house or stately home

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB, United Kingdom

Historic Royal Palaces - Kew Palace, Kew Gardens

  • By SilverTraveller allium

    16 reviews


  • October 2016
  • On your own

I decided to join the Historic Royal Palaces since the subscription seems a good deal.
One of the advantages was I was able to go on an evening tour of Kew Palace.
The tour took place last autumn, and the fact that it was dusk, made the interior of the palace even more atmospheric.

The evening started off with a glass of wine or juice and a few nibbles, in the small vegetable garden outside the palace. Apparently King George was a keen gardener.
You can reach Kew Gardens by train, nearest station Kew Gardens, or Kew.
I forget how much it cost, but no doubt there are details for 2017 on line.

I can recommend visiting this palace, even if you are not a member of Historic Royal Palaces, since the guide will give you an insight into the life the the royal family of King George III, with their numerous daughters, and the problem son, later the Prince Regent.

Kew Gardens is itself a wonderful place and walking down the Broad Walk is an ideal way to arrive at the palace.

The palace is closed until the spring 2017, so look at the website for opening details.

This review is solely based on the opinion of a Silver Travel Advisor member and not of Silver Travel Advisor Ltd.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 3 Comment(s)

  • ESW
    11 months ago
    Thank you. This is something to look into. If based in London and wanting to visit the Historic Palaces, you would soon get your money's worth from this, especially if paying by direct debit. The family tickets allowing up to six children are a real bargain.

    I also assume you would be abe to swan past the ticket queues too...
  • allium
    11 months ago
    The Historic Royal Palaces is an organisation which I joined when at Hampton Court. The palaces are The Tower of London, Banqueting House, Kew Palace, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court and Hillsborough Castle.
    The subscription is £48 for a single person, more for couples etc
    The guided tour which I wrote about, in the evening , when it is usually closed for others, did cost about £15 - can't remember exactly. So you are paying for the nibbles!
    Otherwise the membership entitles you to free entry at these historic palaces and there is a program of tours and other events that you have to pay extra for, if you wish to go along.
    The Kew Palace has a lot for you to see, on several floors including the attics, and you can visit it without being a Member of the Historic Royal Palaces, but you would have to visit Kew (and pay) and then pay for a visit to the Palace extra when it is open, as far as I know.
  • ESW
    11 months ago
    Can you tell me more about the Historic Royal Palaces and what the subscription includes. I've not heard about them before.

    Did this give you a free guided tour of the palace (along with the nibbles)? How much is there to see in the palace?