Kew Gardens

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Temperate House
Inside Temperate House
Summer at Kew © A.McRobb
Summer at Kew © A.McRobb
Princess of Wales House
Autumn at Kew
Waterlilies House
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Winter at Kew © Andrew McRobb
Winter at Kew © Andrew McRobb
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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. 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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Venue name: Kew Gardens
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 (Nov 3-Jan 31 £9.30), under-17s free

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  • Exhibitions Until Sunday January 31 2016
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  • Thursday October 8 2015 - Sunday October 11 2015
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  • Classes and workshops Saturday October 10 2015 - Sunday October 11 2015
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  • Saturday October 24 2015 - Sunday November 1 2015
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  • Wednesday November 25 2015 - Saturday January 2 2016
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Sarah J

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. 


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!

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.

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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

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
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 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.