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Decorative structures

Explore the varied and fascinating statues and follies in the Gardens at Kew.

The path leading to Kew's Ice House
In the 18th century, ice houses were built in the grounds of most large households.
Japanese Gateway at Kew on a sunny day
Chokushi-Mon (Gateway of the Imperial Messenger) is a four-fifths replica of the Gate of Nishi Hongan-ji (Western Temple of the Original Vow) in Kyoto, Japan.
King William's Temple at Kew Gardens
King William's Temple stands on a mound on Cherry Walk, in between the Palm House and Temperate House.
Temple of Aelolus at Kew Gardens
Sir William Chambers designed and built the Temple of Aeolus in the 1760s. It is now the focus of the Woodland Garden.
Temple of Arethusa
The Grade II-listed Temple of Arethusa was built in 1758 and is located near Victoria Gate.
This grade II Listed building was built by Sir William Chambers in 1760. It is named after Bellona, the Roman goddess of war.
The Temple of Imagination
The Temple of Imagination was originally created in 2006 to celebrate the restoration of Kew Palace, and is a collaborative project between Historic Royal Palaces, Kew, local community groups and artists.