Decorative structures at Kew

Explore Kew's varied and fascinating statues, temples and follies.

Ice House

Ice House

In the 18th century, ice houses were built in the grounds of most large households.


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Japanese Gateway

Japanese Gateway

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.


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King William's Temple

King William’s Temple and Mediterranean garden

King William’s Temple stands on a mound on Cherry Walk, in between the Palm House and Temperate House.


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Photo of the Japanese Minka House in summer

Minka House and Bamboo Garden

The Japanese Minka house stands in the Bamboo Garden between the Lake and River Thames.


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Photo of the Pagoda vista in autumn 2013

Pagoda

The Pagoda was completed in 1762. The ten-storey octagonal structure is 163 ft high (nearly 50 m).


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Temple of Aeolus - autumn

Temple of Aeolus and Woodland Garden

Sir William Chambers designed and built the Temple of Aeolus in the 1760s.


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Temple of Arethusa

Temple of Arethusa

The Grade II-listed Temple of Arethusa was built in 1758 and is located near Victoria Gate.


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Temple of Bellona

Temple of Bellona

This grade II Listed building was built by Sir William Chambers in 1760. It is named after Bellona, the Roman goddess of war.


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Temple of Imagination update

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 Gardens, local community groups and artists.


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