Kew Palace is a British royal palace in Kew Gardens on the banks of the Thames up river from London. The main surviving building - known as the Dutch House - dates to 1631 and is built on top of the undercroft of an earlier building. Its royal occupation lasted from around 1728 until 1818, with a final short-lived occupation in 1844. The Dutch House is Grade I listed and open to visitors. It is cared for by an independent charity, Historic Royal Palaces, which receives no funding from the Government or the Crown.