Kew Gardens teams up with Historic Royal Palaces to offer free entry to Kew Palace

Kew Gardens visitors can now visit Historic Royal Palaces-owned Kew Palace at no extra cost.

Kew Palace, the Royal Kitchens and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage are the only buildings from the original historic royal complex of Kew Park (later to become known as Kew Gardens).

Previously it cost £16 to enter Kew and a further £6 to enter the palace, which is in Kew's gardens and was restored for £6.6m in 2006.

The move gives Kew Gardens an added indoor attraction after weather hit visitor numebrs in 2012, with admissions falling 13.9 per cent to 1.023m.

Over the Easter weekend (29 March – 1 April) there will be a variety of chocolate-themed activities on offer across the Gardens and Palace. Inside the palace the temporary exhibits focus on dining with George III.

Kew Palace receives about 25-30,000 visitors a year. Historic Royal Palaces hope this will increase because of the new ticket deal. As part of the deal Kew Gardens is covering some of Historic Royal Palaces’ operational and staffing costs, but will not giving them any ticket sales money.


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