CC Image courtesy of Queen Charlotte’s Cottage by Maureen Barlin

Queen Charlotte's Cottage

Queen Charlotte’s cottage is an early example of a cottage orné, a rustic cottage built as a country retreat, but not as a residence.

The cottage was used by the royal family in the late 18th century for resting and taking tea during walks in the gardens. Its main attractions were its rural setting and the large paddock which was situated to the rear of the cottage. Many exotic animals were kept in the paddock.

Queen Caroline had kept tigers at Richmond, but George III and Queen Charlotte contented themselves with more docile pets, including oriental cattle and colourful Tartarian pheasants, which are still to be seen in this quiet area of the gardens. From the early 1790s, kangaroos (the first to arrive in England) were kept and successfully bred in the paddock. By the early 19th century there were 18 kangaroos.

This made the cottage a popular destination for royal walks until 1806 when Mr Aiton, the gardener, was instructed to turn the kangaroo paddock into a flower garden. No doubt the Queen was inspired by her gardener at Richmond, ‘Capability’ Brown, who introduced the picturesque landscapes to English aristocrats.

Museum Facilities

  • Cafe

  • Restaurant

  • Shop

  • Audio Guide

  • Tour Guide

  • Photography

  • Wheelchair Access

  • WiFi

  • Venue Hire

  • Available

  • Not allowed

  • Unconfirmed

  • Prior permission required.

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London Area: West


  • Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte's Cottage
  • Richmond
  • London
  • TW9 3AB


  • TFL Zone

    Zone 3 / 4

  • Underground

    • Kew Gardens


    • Kew Gardens

    Bus Numbers

  • 65, 391

FREE Admission

Open Hours
Monday 10:00am 17:30pm
Tuesday 10:00am 17:30pm
Wednesday 10:00am 17:30pm
Thursday 10:00am 17:30pm
Friday 10:00am 17:30pm
Saturday 10:00am 17:30pm
Sunday 10:00am 17:30pm
Bank Holidays 10:00am 17:30pm
Kew Palace is closed from October – March inclusive.

Contact Details

Phone 0844 482 7777
Website Queen Charlotte's Cottage
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