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Posted: Thu Jul 31 2014
Kew Gardens is a magnificent World Heritage Site covering 300 acres with over 30,000 species of plants. A few of the specimens are represented by models but Kew is able to represent many examples of primitive plants from its own living collections.
Families with younger children will get a kick out of the human-scale badger sett, the fish in the Marine Display aquarium downstairs in the Palm House and the Climbers and Creepers indoor play area for accompanied three to nine year olds (sessions, bookable on arrival, last 20mins). The Treehouse Towers outdoor play area for three to 11 year olds offers rope bridges, giant swings, zip wires and slides geared towards teaching children about trees. New in summer 2014 was a Log Trail, full of balancing beams and other activities.
For grown-ups, there are two permanent galleries of botanical art - the Marianne North Gallery and the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, the first in the world dedicated solely to botanical art - and the Xstrata Treetop Walkway, one of Kew's most impressive attractions: 18m up in the air and 200m long, it provides a fresh perspective on the sweet chestnuts, limes, deciduous oaks and other trees of Capability Brown's woodland.
Note: both the Temperate House and Evolution House are closed for renovation until 2018.
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Kew Gardens London
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020 8332 5655
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- Opening hours:
Daily 9.30am-6.30pm; Mar 30-Aug 25: Mon-Fri 9.30am-7.30pm; Sat, Sun, bank holidays 9.30am-5.30pm; Winter 9am-4.15pm
Tube: Kew Gardens Rail: Kew Bridge
£15, £14 concs (Nov 3-Jan 31 £9.30), under-17s free
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My girlfriend and I took her grandparents for a day trip to Kew Gardens and all had a great day out, there was so much to do and see that we'll definitely be going back again as we barely saw a fraction of it. So much thought has been put into the entire place that it caters for all needs, interests and tastes. You feel transported to a different country just 20 minutes on the train out of London.
My parents from USA toured the garden with me and they loved it very much as the garden itself preserved and cared for the living plants from all over the world .,.,.,,...A good place for everybody to visit .,.,.
A good place to spend the day. The gardens are so big that I didn't manage to see all, since I arrived there after lunch time, but I loved every moment. From the cafés to the diferent kinds of gardens and the shop it was really lovely. Probably a little bit pricy since we were 2 adults and the ticket doesn't include anything else (not the ride on the little train for e.g.), but I enjoyed every moment.