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Historical Event, from 21 Jul 2018

Contact

Kew Gardens

020 8332 5655

Address

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew,
Richmond,
Greater London Authority,
TW9 3AB

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 28 - Sun 29 Jul Visit Queen Charlotte's Cottage
Sat 4 - Sun 5 Aug Visit Queen Charlotte's Cottage
Sat 11 - Sun 12 Aug Visit Queen Charlotte's Cottage
Sat 18 - Sun 19 Aug Visit Queen Charlotte's Cottage
Sat 25 - Sun 26 Aug Visit Queen Charlotte's Cottage

Details

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.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sat 28 - Sun 29 Jul 2018 11:00 to 15:50
Sat 4 - Sun 5 Aug 2018 11:00 to 15:50
Sat 11 - Sun 12 Aug 2018 11:00 to 15:50
Sat 18 - Sun 19 Aug 2018 11:00 to 15:50
Sat 25 - Sun 26 Aug 2018 11:00 to 15:50
Open weekends and bank holidays 11:00-15:50

Prices

Included in Kew Gardens admission

Location

Directions

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Map reference: TQ 152728  Lat: 51.44326 Long: -0.34244

By Public Transport:
Nearest station is Kew Gardens. Follow signposting for Royal Botanic Gardens - once inside the gardens, Queen Charlotte's Cottage is signposted.

Facilities

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