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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. Plus there's a Log Trail, with 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. The Xstrata Treetop Walkway is 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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Venue name: Kew Gardens
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TW9 3AB
Opening hours: Daily 9.30am-5.30pm; Mar 30-Aug 25: Mon-Fri 9.30am-7.30pm; Sat, Sun, bank holidays 9.30am-5.30pm; Winter 9am-4.15pm
Transport: Tube: Kew Gardens Rail: Kew Bridge
Price: £15, £14 concs ( £9 Nov 2-Feb 5), under-17s free
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Lizzie W
Tastemaker

Wowee. I love Kew and I love Christmas so was so excited to go to Christmas at Kew this year with my best friend.

We booked a 7pm slot on a saturday (the earlier slots do sell out early December so make sure you get in early) and turned up at our allotted time. There was no queue so it was easy to get straight in which was great.
Me being me we headed straight for the food.
Their cafe was open (of which the food looked good) but they also had some food vans serving festive cakes, mulled wine and pulled pork baps with a festive twist (bacon, stuffing and cranberry). The baps were delicious and the mulled wine warmed us up as we wandered around.
The trail itself took us about 1 hour 30 to mooch around but could be done quicker if you don't take 1000's of photos (but the lights were so pretty!).
There is so much going on including beautiful light displays, toasting your own marshmallows, free tea and singing holly bushes.
It is well worth the visit of £16 and I can't wait to go back again next year!

Livvi AT
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Whatever the season, Kew Gardens, which is super easy to get to on the District line, is a great place to spend an afternoon, whether just wandering around their beautiful gardens and greenhouses, or attending one of the many, varied events and festivals they hold during the year.

Obviously, the best time to attend is spring, when the gardens bloom into life after winter. The design elements of the gardening are superb; colours and shapes carefully considered in the planting to create truly stunning landscapes. Take a walk around their spice garden to stimulate another of your senses or climb up to the Tree Walk Promenade where you can walk among the leaves of the majestic old Oaks and Chestnuts.

 Even in the colder months, (Top Tip: Kew often drop their ticket prices during winter) Kew have activities to keep the gardens alive. At Christmas, festive light installations illuminate the gardens so you can see them in a new light, and if the weather is really poor, pop into one of the many greenhouses to see exotic plants and flowers from far flung places. The Orangery restaurant, although very much overpriced, is full of fresh, seasonal dishes. Although ticket prices seem quite a lot to part with for some greenery (£16 high season for adults), you can make a full day of it at Kew and it is definitely one of London’s more sophisticated landmarks to pay a visit to.




TheMixedMedic
Tastemaker

Whether you’re a couple, family, child or OAP this is the London Christmas experience in December. Follow the Kew garden trail with its glowing Christmas tents, colourful trees and inflatable plants. 


Begin by heading over to the entrance food trucks and picking up some mulled wine or coconut hot chocolate to keep you warm along the way. Then savour a stroll through the choir of the holly bushes, each bush has its own speaker and set of coloured LEDs that light up as they sing together in perfect harmony. Next is the mystical fire garden, an impressive display for any garden centre embracing the risk required to keep hundreds of torches burning for hours throughout the night, without spreading across the entire forest. Soft chimes and tropical sounds play in the background and make you feel as though you are somewhere exotic, despite being in London during a cold December. A large golden Phoenix rotates slowly in the wind above you as the smell of warm roasted chestnuts fills the air from a little stall in the corner of the garden. 


Onwards past glowing Christmas tree tents, an immersive hanging LED display, the tunnel of light and an interactive Christmas tree, you will find yourself arriving at the fairground. Save some change for the classic carousel, magic carpet rides, swings, ice cream and waffles. Once you have had your fill of fun, hit the trail again and discover marshmallow roasting pits and the romantic mistletoe cave, complete with wishing well.


For the lesser lothario’s wishing to skip this part, you can head straight onto the wishing tree – make a wish, blow it into the lantern and hang it up on one of the branches or pay 2.50 to take it home with you as a souvenir.

For the kids there is a pantomime featuring Santa Claus before the grand finale of the tour, a stunning light and water display on the Kew garden lake backed by an uplifting classical sound track, enough to put even the biggest Scrooge in the festive spirit – even if it starts to drizzle!

Luisa G
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Beautiful place - make sure you give yourself enough time to explore everything, and don't go during school holidays (unless you have kids with you!).

Sarah J
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One of my favourite places, Kew Gardens is simply breathtaking. I went last weekend as part of the Spice Weekends. The tours given by the volunteers were amazing and a definite must-do if planning a trip as their expanse of knowledge is phenomenal and it really helps you put the gardens in perspective with a bit of historical knowledge. We found about the history of some of the different spices and herbs (juniper, olives and turmeric to name but a few) throughout our guided walk - which finished at the Ice House (another gem)! The redwoods were a great find tucked away in one of the corners and the treetop walkway was one of our favourites also. 


The food available in Kew is amazing - hosted by Peyton & Byrne, all the delicious cakes and lunch items we tried were fantastic and I would go back just for the food.


The two great glasshouses (palm house and princess of wales conservatory) were just amazing. We saw banana trees and giant lilypads, and the whole things felt like a tropical holiday - we couldn't believe we were in London.


It's very accessible, only a short 5 minute walk from Kew Gardens (London overground and district line station) to Victoria Gate which is one of the main entrances. 

Susan
Tastemaker

Beautiful place to go when it's sunny and warm. I recommend purchasing tickets for the land train in advance and check out the guided tours schedule. Perfect family programme!

K M
Staff Writer

Kew Gardens is a little haven of tranquility and peacefulness in London. It's a great place to spend the day walking around, taking in the pretty Pagoda and Koi fish, breathing in fresh air. It's perfect! The main greenhouse is boiling, but its beautiful, for a moment you actually forget you're in London.

Tom
moderatorStaff Writer

If you're green fingered this is a great place to spend a few hours amid huge trees and massive glasshouses, that are home to some amazing herbacious specimens. In the summer it's such a great place to relax in the sunshine, take a picnic and have a glass or two of something cold and refreshing. There's so much space it never seems to get too busy, and the summer evening concerts that take place regularly are well worth a visit. Kids also have a great time here as there's a little bit of something for all ages. Would definitely visit more if I lived a little closer by, a geneuinely great park in a great city.

Vishaal V
Tastemaker

Attended the Kew the Music event with Caro Emerald courtesy of Time Out. It was a fantastic event! Really beautiful venue, well organised, and the music all evening was a real treat. Highly recommend. 


Tatiana N
Staff Writer

 I've been living in London for 2 years and have only now just been to Kew Gardens and it was a pleasant surprise. I had such a lovely and peaceful day walking around in one of the prettiest non polluted non-overly crowded gardens near London that couldn't believe I have not been there before. It's a botanical garden and of course you have to pay to get in but it's well worth it. As an added bonus you get to have a play around in the Treetop Walkway, The Log trail, Riverside walk etc. Definitely a must go place if you wish to unwind a little bit and have some fresh air and get away from the city. 

Sarah J Peach

Book a day out at Kew, arrive early to beat the queues (or TIP:  use the less popular main entrances) and have a wonderful day full of beauty, adventure and education.  Just walk around and see nothing more than the gorgeous gardens, the vistas, the trees and the gentle calm they exude, or follow the nature trails, hit the tropical gardens, visit the indoor adventure playground with the kids (and amazing cake in the cafes!) and read all about the history.  It's a truly remarkable place that warrants becoming 'A Friend of Kew' so that you can afford to revisit several times in the year, experience the changes in the seasons, and have a chance to see every treasure it offers.

Ed G

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.

Nicolas Casana

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 .,.,.

Claudia Baptista

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.