One ticket, four Royal experiences at Kew Gardens
Wednesday 27, March 2013
Historic Royal Palaces and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are delighted to announce that from 28 March 2013, under new arrangements with HRP, Kew Gardens visitors can now visit Kew Palace at no extra cost.
Visitors to Kew Gardens will now be able to experience the royal residence 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).
Over the Easter weekend (29 March – 1 April) there will be a variety of exciting chocolate-themed activities on offer for all the family across the Gardens. Families can explore the Royal Kitchens, with live cookery of a variety of items based on the February 1789 menu of George III, including the preparation of early Georgian chocolate. On Easter Sunday (31 March) there will be a traditional Easter Egg Hunt starting at the Palm House and finishing at Kew Palace, with delicious chocolate rewards on offer from the Easter Bunny. In addition, during the entire Easter holidays (29 March – 14 April)children can take part in an interactive ‘history of chocolate’ quest across the Gardens.
Inside the palace the temporary exhibits focus on dining with George III. Highlights include a stunning silver gilt breakfast service given to George III by his family in 1804 for his 66th birthday, and new acquisitions include George III’s fine velvet suit complete with waistcoat, on display for the first time, as well as a precious gold bracelet containing lockets of hair from George III, Queen Charlotte and their 14 children.
Following the paths through the 300-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site, visitors to Kew will come across Queen Charlotte’s Cottage, once a haven for royal picnicking. Inside there will be a display of six embroidered samplers (a piece of embroidery produced as a demonstration or test of skill in needlework) that have been made by Fine Cell Work, a social enterprise that trains prisoners in paid, skilled andcreative needlework. Outside look for the colourful Chinese pheasants, a reminder that George III and Queen Charlotte once kept exoticpets such as kangaroo and oriental cattle in the Gardens.
Tina Houlton, Head of Marketing at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer visitors to the Gardens the additional bonus of entry to the magnificent Kew Palace and Royal Kitchens exhibit at no extra cost from the end of March. A ticket to Kew Gardens will not only allow you to enjoy the beauty of spring flowering, but will also give you the chance to step back in time and experience Kew’s royal past.”
Paul Gray, Palaces Group Director, HRP, said: “We are delighted and excited to partner with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew over entry to the Royal Gardens and Royal buildings. Visitors will now be able to enjoy the gardens, palace, royal kitchens and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage as one royal experience, just as Princess Augusta and her son George III would have done.”
So this spring come and experience four Royal venues with just one ticket - Kew Gardens, Kew Palace, the Royal Kitchens and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage all await!
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