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Exotic flowers, wild meadows and a walk among the treetops in leafy west London

The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are 250 years old, but there’s plenty here for the modern outdoor adventurer. You can still wander the old Victorian Palm House and indulge in a little old-fashioned promenading like someone in a BBC costume drama, but these gardens – originally developed in the back yard of the royal palace favoured most by George III – are one of two national bases for research and education into botanical studies. So while you’re seeking out the luscious flora (including the giant, stinking Titan Arum in the Princess of Wales Conservatory) there are scientists beavering away in labs and offices, out of sight.

The stunning glasshouses are favourite strolling spots within the grounds, featuring some impressive Victorian structures – including the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse, known as Temperate House – and some lovely later additions. Inside each of them the climate is maintained to nurture everything from the world’s largest water lilies to delicate Alpine flowers to tropical blooms. (The Temperate House is closed until 2018.)

Those with an adventurous streak, and a head for heights, should climb up to the Tree Top Walkway, which stands at 18 metres tall and winds it’s way through, well, the tree tops. Once you’ve come back to earth, stroll down to the Chinese Pagoda, which was built in 1762 and towers over the southern end of the Gardens.

Given the exceptional upkeep and wide variety of fauna, you’re sure to be inspired. And if the green stuff is doing the trick, try seeking out the sculptures, which feature Henry Moore’s  ‘Reclining Mother and Child’ in a stunning setting that changes with the light of each season.

There’s plenty to do at Kew. In fact, the art alone could take up your entire visit – see the Eduardo Paolozzi sculpture ‘A Maximis Ad Minima’ and visit the Marianne North Gallery and the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, all included in the main entry price.

Whenever you visit Kew Gardens, there’s something in bloom. The website has a dedicated ‘what to see this week’ section, so even in autumn or winter, you can be assured you won’t just see a lot of old twigs.

By: Laura Lee Davies


Venue name: Kew Gardens
Address: Royal Botanic Gardens
Opening hours: Mar 27-Aug 29 Mon-Fri 10am-6.30pm, Sat, Sun and bank holidays 10am-7.30pm; Aug 30-Oct 29 daily 10am-6pm; Oct 30-Feb 10 2017 daily 10am-3.45pm; Feb 11-May 25 2017 daily 10am-5.30pm. Closed Dec 24 and 25. (Last entry 30 minutes before closing, some attractions close earlier, check on arrival.)
Transport: Tube: Kew Gardens/Kew Bridge rail
Price: £15, £14 concs, £3.50 ages 4-16, under-fours free, £19-£34 family. Online: £14, £13, £2.50, £18-£32.
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  • Exhibitions Until Sunday December 31 2017
  • Exhibitions Until Sunday September 17 2017
  • Wednesday June 14 2017 - Thursday September 21 2017
  • Monday September 18 2017 - Sunday October 15 2017

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Beautiful to visit day or night. A leisurely stroll around the gardens and look at some rare and exotic horticulture. Check out The Hive,whilst you are there. A fascinating structure and has to be seen. A veritable array of cacti,historic trees, all topped of by its picturesque lake. A few cafes dotted around the gardens is a nice addition and gift shop I have done a lot of damage in! I always make sure I go to Christmas at Kew every year,it is especially magical by night and lit up by twinkles. One to visit and revisit. 


Beautiful park. There’s so much to discover that you can easily spend a whole day exploring there. (At least it justifies the price of the ticket) From the treetop walkway to the Victorian cottage, the Pagoda to beautiful sculptures, greenhouses to gardens, you’ll discover a plethora of things to do and admire for the whole family. Full of interesting signs, it is well worth the visit.

There are toilet facilities and cafés scattered all around for your comfort. I’d recommend bringing a picnic though as the prices are a bit steep and it’s always more enjoyable to eat outside anyway – weather permitting. Kew also has beautiful views over Syon Park opposite. What a bonus!

There loads of events throughout the year. Between the summer events and the Christmas light, you’ll be tempting to go back, again and again, and again…


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I purchased my friend tickets to Kew Gardens as a birthday gift and what a delightful day out this is.

I recommend you plan a whole day here as it's huge and lots to see and appreciate.

As soon as I walked into Kew Gardens I instantly felt relaxed and completely forgot about the busy London life. (Low flying aeroplanes soon remind you)

It was nice to breathe in fresh air and wander aimlessly around looking at beautiful spring flowers and the special displays

Currently Kew have a festival of Orchids, it's in the most tranquil of spaces and you just can't help but think how did they get all these here and where do they go next?

The displays are outstanding - check out the peacock in my pictures made from orchids.

You travel through a world of the plants and such beautiful spaces, I even went back to work and watered out office Orchid! (Neglected Orchid)

We had a spot of lunch in the Orangery but expect high prices and very busy spaces. However the red velvet cake was worth every penny!!

We literally walked around 12000 steps at Kew, you find so many hidden gems. I was a particular fan of the tree top walk but I really wanted to see how close those aeroplanes really get!

It has to be on your list to visit. I will return but I would take my own picnic and drinks

I hope you enjoy some of my snaps.

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Ros A

Took a lovely trip last Summer to Kew Gardens with my brother for the first time. I've obviously heard people rave about it before but quite frankly just couldn't be bothered to trek west. I was given some free tickets to check out The Hive and headed down one Saturday. 

The gardens are absolutely gorgeous and there is so much to explore both outside and inside the greenhouses. The largest greenhouse is particularly stunning and atmospheric. 

The Hive was a little underwhelming for me although interesting for sure. 

Sara A

It may not be your first thought to trek all the way to Kew Gardens on a frosty winter's day but I would highly recommend wrapping up warm and making the most of the half price tickets. This place is far bigger than I expected, in fact I couldn't cover all of it with the time I had so I'm really looking forward to coming back with the changes in season and seeing some more of Kew. I imagine it gets busy in summer but in the winter there were the odd hardy family wrapped up warm and keen photographers. It is a great way to escape the chaos of London and breath in some fresh(er) air.

My top recommendation is the new Hive which is a sort of eco/wildlife art installation depicting all of Kew's bee chatter. I was also pleasantly surprised to find an aquarium hidden downstairs in the tropical house. The gardens are beautiful with plenty of hiding places to sneak a romantic smooch with your date.

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The great escape from London..

Richmond is an underrated borough of London - once you manage to leave the busy life behind for a bit you will fall in love with it. Kew Gardens is one of the biggest attraction and a great place to relax and spend a lazy day.

It's great for kids, as there is so much to discover and learn (and for adults too) - the only drawback is, that occasionally the planes going to Heathrow fly over the park and it's unfortunately slightly noisy, but this is minor compared to the overall experience and once you have been in the park don't miss stopping by Richmond itself.

It's beautiful all year round and never seems to be crowded - so next you need a break. Head over to Kew!


It's cold and miserable, half the attractions are closed for winter and refurb, the sun sets at 3, and there's too much fog. Why would anyone want to go to Kew Gardens in the middle of winter?

Not only do you get the park (mostly) to yourself, half the attractions will easily occupy you for a full day. We were surprised to feel a bit rushed against a setting sun, even without having to navigate between a summer crowd. Clearly like a London museum there's no hope of seeing everything in one day. This is a great venue to literally stop and smell the flowers, maybe you'll learn something too.

Kew Gardens should definitely be on more people's London list of things to see/do, all year round.

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What a great place to visit on a warm summers day. Absolutely beautiful. There is so much to do and see at Kew Gardens you can easily get lost in your surroundings and spend the whole day admiring all the different plants and architecture.

The cafe there also sell some great quality food!


How wrong can you go with Kew gardens? ..... You can't!!

Its just a lovely place to be when you want to be surrounded by greenery and not buildings. They have events on Throughout the year which bring the place life and leave you loving plants just a little bit more. I highly recommend it .. You won't come away disappointed, especially with the reasonable prices too.

O. Gordon

Kew Gardens has something for everyone. It's vast and easy enough to spend an entire day in during the warmer months. Botanists can pour over the thousands of different types of flora and fauna while children have acres of grass and woodland to run around in, treetops to explore and playgrounds to conquer. The gardens are kept to an immaculate standard and the peace and tranquility available makes you question your proximity to central London. The cost of entry feels completely justified when a comparable train journey to greener parts of the country would come to nearly twice as much and it also packs a lot more in for less miles walked! One of the best ways to take a short break from the city without going far at all.


You could go as a family, you could go on a date, you could go on your own... Kew Gardens really does cater to all (excluding  perhaps those with Hay fever..)! My favourite is of course the palm house - I've been going there since I was little and even though I am no longer utterly convinced by the dinosaur foot prints, it's still my favourite part of the gardens! 

Telmo M

Wonderful place to spend your day off if you live in London. Nice place to relax and take out all your estress from the city

Lucy Loo

I was inspired by a feature in TimeOut to visit Kew Gardens for the first time this weekend. I was feeling burnt out and in need of some relaxation and time outdoors, and Kew was the perfect choice. It's coming up to the end of October  and we visited on a beautiful Autumnal afternoon. The sun was shining and the leaves on the trees were stunning shades of red, orange, purple and yellow, too many colours to describe in one sentence.

The Treetop walk was the highlight, with the opportunity to be amongst the trees and view the gardens from above.

I would recommend Kew Gardens at any time of year, when you need to get away from the craziness of the city and take some time out.... It's easy to get to from London too, especially with the Overground station moments away.

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One of the most beautiful park in greater London, a must visit at all time during the year... The conservatory is a masterpiece to visit! A perfect day for a picnic and to explore the fast gardens of Kew! I love the Japanese garden.

Kritt N

One of London’s most famous garden, historic Kew is definitely a must-visit in the summer months

Feel free to explore all 300 acres of the garden , Instagram the Japanese garden and admire a thousand different species of plants from all over the world including carnivorous flowers! Kew has everything for everyone and a great place for the family.

Needless to say, Kew Gardens is best seen in the summer when the days are warm and the flowers are blooming - perfect for a spot of picnic so do bring your own food and refreshments. Also, don’t write Kew off in the winter! The garden is transformed into a magical woodland complete with fairy lights and light trails. I highly recommend keeping an eye on their website for special event announcements closer towards the festive season..

It’s an absolutely enormous garden so if you’re planning to see as many of the key attractions as you can, wear comfy shoes and comfy clothes. There will be a lot trekking.

In short, Kew Garden is a super place for the whole family to enjoy: it’s historical, it’s educational, it’s vast and I highly recommend visiting this incredible garden.

Top tip: unless you’re visiting Kew for a spot of picnic, make sure you start exploring from the right side of the Garden (you should pick up a map at the entrance). This is where many of the key attraction exist including The Princess of Wales Conservatory and Kew Palace, exists.

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Claire G

Quite simply the most heavenly bit of London. Extremely diverse botanical gardenss. The greenhouses are works of art in themselves. The Hive this year has been a welcome addition too.

Corina B

Absolutely beautiful place! It is very easy to see how hard they must work to maintain it looking soo good. It is absolutely massive and one could easily spend a whole day walking about. I was fortunate enough to go in a sunny day and would really advice to check the weather before heading there. It's incredible how central such a big botanical garden is!

Angela L

This is a beautiful day out which is not too inconvenient if the weather is ok and the trains are running on time.  What I didn't notice the first time around (late Spring) was that is the gardens are in the flight path of Heathrow!  So if you are looking for peace and quiet in a literal sense, it's not here as it's almost every 3-5 min no joke.  Apart from that, the gardens are pretty impressive.  I especially love the water lillies and the Palm House, but I also like the bits where there's noone  but a bench for two in the shade.

Laura G

What an ode to nature! Kew Gardens generous collections of plants will teach, marvel and feast the eyes with specimens from all over the world. It's a joy to stroll down the well cared paths of the park, bumping into different collection and even a sky high view from the top of the trees. With luscious green grass everywhere, you can take your time to stop and admire some pretty amazing trees while seating in the shade. It's magical, it's big, it's for the whole family. It's a must go place in London!

Izzy K

Over eleven years in London and it was only now that I’ve had a chance thoroughly explore this amazing green oasis. I wish all London parks were so unspoiled, clean and quiet.

But Kew Gardens is not just a pretty park. It’s a botanical garden which lets you see exotic plants from all over the world according to their climate zones they come from. So you have an amazing selection of cacti (you can see what your favourite tequila comes from), in another room you can find plants normally living in harsh conditions.

My favourite part was probably the carnivorous plants. These little beasts are so cute and there’s a great variety of them. And you can learn so much! Never would I think that an ordinary tomato or potato can be a potential meat eater!

Tree Top Walkway in another attraction I would hugely recommend (only if you’re not scared of heights as the floor up there is made of metal crate, so looking down through them while walking can make your knees go soft).

The pop up Hive is on its own worth a visit. The 4 tonne silver structure is not only visually stunning, but it let you ‘experience’ live in a real hive through sounds and vibrations. Most importantly, it draws attention to the bee crisis.


Sometimes it's easy to forget that London has an incredible amount of green natural spaces amongst the city smoke. Kew Gardens should be high up on the list of must see places to visit within London for any tourist or any Londoner. These world famous royal botanical gardens have been in existence for 250 years are worth the trek across down to south west London where you can see beautiful landscapes, a huge variety of different plants and flowers in all their glory. It is easy to forget the crucial work that places like this do regarding botanical research. This place is ever evolving so there will bound to always be something new or different to see whenever you visit. I’m already keen to see the newly renovated Temperate House and tree houses when all the work has been completed.

I would definitely recommend going on a sunny day to see the gardens at their best. The treetop walkway is always a great spot to visit although you’ll probably get a bit dizzy if you’re scared of heights! There is now a lift making it accessible for all making it an ideal way to view nature from above. The Hive is a fairly recent addition and smaller than I had envisaged. Soothing chiming music with lights linked to the activity of the bees in this metallic structure was a clever interesting art installation surrounded by gorgeous stunningly landscaped new great broad way borders and wildflower meadows. The hop on/ off bus train is a 30 minute whistlestop tour around most of the main points of interest throughout the gardens and provides the ideal overview of the gardens at the cost of an additional £5 you can ride on the bus how many times you want. I have also visited during the winter months where they have held a seasonal illuminated winter trail after dark and this is a magical way to see the gardens in a different perspective. 


When we were little my parents used to take my brother and I to Kew Gardens, it probably cost about 50p to go then as well! My memories are of long summer days, rolling in the grass, eating sandwiches and getting an ice-cream. I don't remember anything else, which I guess is the simplicity of childhood.

So what does Kew offer to an adult? Well quite simply, it's anything other than just a park really. Stunning lakes, Roman inspired follys, a Pagoda, an amazing tree-top walkway, greenhouses, cafes and a genuine Japanese farm house. Not to mention all the flowers - depending on the season you visit.

The park is just about a mile from end to end, so it's easy to walk through and see everything, but you'll need extra time if you want to explore the green houses in depth and fit in the tree-top walk. My suggestion is to come early and grab a cuppa at one of the lovely cafes whilst perusing your map. Then do some exploring, stopping for a pic-nic when you find a perfect spot. Explore a little more, as you work off your lunch and then after visiting the tropical green-house, grab an ice-cream to cool off before having a little lie down in the sun as the day comes to a lovely close.

A glorious sanctuary in London that really is worth returning to time and time again.

Sarah R

Immediately after getting off the train at Kew Gardens stop, I am filled with excitement. Just the tube station itself and its surrounding seem like I’ve stepped into some lovely English countryside town.

Kew Gardens are vast and therefore full day activity if you want to do a thorough job, so you should dedicate it full afternoon. I made sure I was there on a sunny day with cloudless sky. Of course that meant that a lot of people had the same idea and lines seemed a bit discouraging at first, but don’t worry, they move very quickly.
You get handed park’s map which I don't advise throwing away because it will prove very useful. It is best to make a quick plan what you want to see and which way to go because you might end up walking in circles.
The new addition to the park is The Hive, which is Wolfgang Buttress’ installation representing honey bee and the important role of pollination. The iconic glass house and view of the lake are absolutely breath-taking. Great Broad walk borders and Rock Gardens are especially good during summer and make you want to have your own rock garden full of herbs and spices. Pagoda is something out of a movies and really made me wish I could take a sneak peak in… Everything is picturesque so if you own a better quality camera, make sure you bring it with you. Park has plenty of food places so you won’t be hungry and you can take a little nap on the green soft grass anywhere to rest your legs.

If you haven't been to Kew this summer, don't know what you are waiting for!


I had such a lovely day here and felt so relaxed, i ended up going at half speed and not seeing everything  I joined the free introductory tour which gave the history of the gardens and the points of interest. The Hive is the latest interesting addition to the gardens, a huge metallic construction which, when you enter, vibrates to the sound of the local bee hives. Very soporific. I hope to return to Kew in the future, and will plan my day more carefully, so that my route takes in everything previously missed, and will also take a picnic, in order to avoid the over-priced refreshments in their cafes.  

Tiago Almeida

Absolutely fantastic garden. I even dare to say this is one of a kind and worth paying to see it and even making yourself a 'friend' of the garden.

You can spend the entire day exploring, doing a picnic and relaxing.

One of the must see in London and the UK,

kaz m

The bluebell meadows in the springtime are absolutely outstanding - at the north end of the gardens, not far from the rhododendrons (equally spectacular!).   A friend of mine recommended them on Teepee so I knew it would be worth going. 

NakedPRGirl Claire

I've been three times to Kew Garden; once on a Saturday in June, once to a outdoor cinema thingy in July and last week in May. You come into Kew Garden station which is about ten minutes walk to the main gates. The entry price is around £16 and you can buy online to avoid the queues. My top tip is to avoid the obvious cafe near the gates and go around to one of the other cafes either the Pavillion or the Orangery. They have lovely sandwiches, salads and hot food plus tea, coffee and boozy drinks if you fancy it. It's taken me a couple of trips to get around the whole thing now (it's a full day experience whichever way you slice it) and I have to say the best bits are the rose gardens (in full bloom in June) and the gardens to the right of the main entrances where the greenhouses are! Make sure you go to the Palm House, Waterlilly House and Princess of Wales Conservatory. If you have time, there are bluebell woods and beautiful flower filled paths (Rhododendron Dell lovely in May) to walk around. There's a fab bit called Kew on a Plate too which was featured on the BBC featuring vegetable gardens. One little note, a lot of school children visit on weekdays so if you like to avoid the crowds, go in the greenhouses after 3pm when they've left for home.

Jane G.

I hold an annual pass, so I try to go as often as I can. It's stunning in all seasons and I never get tired of being there. Take a picnic and spend the day! On my most recent visit, my partne was on crutches, so I thought I'd be clever and buy tickets for the tour train thingy. The ticket person scooped up my £10 before telling me it was the last journey of the day and was leaving at was 4:30. I had to explain to the driver, go get my partner and when we got there it was so full we almost didn't even get on. The speakers were so horrible we couldn't hear the information. People kept opening the doors on the moving train and jumping off. The driver didn't seem to notice but once or twice slammed to a stop and came out scolding the rest of us. Because my partner couldn't walk, I suppose it seemed a good idea but actually it was a waste of money and I will probably never do it again. But that doesn't take away from the rest of the park!! The bathrooms are always clean, the cafe is a bit expensive but edible, I always like a look in the shop. Plan on spending the day and just relax!

Mei M

Kew Gardens are a wonderful place to visit in London, more than once as everything changes each season. I have been there over Christmas and in Spring, April was an amazing time to visit it - blooming flowers, wonderful smells, just a stunning place to see.

It's great for dates, family days or just to have a great, relaxed time with friends. Have a meal at the Orangery and you will be stunned on how beautiful it is!

The ticket is not the cheapest - £15 - however it's really worth it. I've  been there twice and would love to go again.

Grace I

The best part of these stunning gardens is that they are never the same on any given month, so that you can wander around the bluebell fields in April, explore the rhododendron dell in May, marvel over the stunning varieties of roses in July and August and visit the tropical gardens (including the best displays of orchids I've ever seen) throughout the year. The cafes are pleasant, but the real selling point for visitors after oohing over the plants and flowers is the lovely gift shop. The entrance fee for Kew is pricey (£15 for adults, without donation), so if you want go frequently, buy the annual pass, which allows unlimited visits and includes one guest. Act like a Londoner (not a tourist) and bring your own picnic lunch, or pick food up at shops outside the Kew Gardens tube/train station, and eat it while happily parked on one of the many benches in woods, dales or dells.

Liz G

Simply beautiful. We had a lovely morning walking around Kew Gardens even though it was freezing cold out (yes I can't believe it's the end of April either!)

Stunning grounds and just a really picturesque place to stroll... Highly recommend!


This place is fantastic, it is so pretty. You have wondering peacocks, it is never crowded even on some of the sunnier days. They have amazing concerts in the summer and a Easter egg hunt for the little ones. A treat for adults and children. 


As a local, I have an annual membership to Kew Gardens. It's fantastic to see the garden change throughout the year but I have to say it really comes into its own in spring/summer. For first time visitors, the treetop walk is a must. The Orangery serves fantastic lunch options and normally less popular with families than the White Peaks cafe. I love taking bread to feed the ducks. The garden has fantastic wildlife, keep your eyes peeled for the resident fox, peacocks and bright yellow pheasant - along with the Richmond parakeets.

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Kew always feels like a mission to me (but like I get that that'll depend on where you live y'know?!) anyway every time I get there I know why we've made the mission, its really vast and you can easily spend the whole day there when the weather is good and we've spent hours there when its pretty bad as there are a few in door areas, great (Massive) cafe/restaurant and often one off events/festivals etc held on site to keep you entertained.

I would advise going early in the day and making the most of it. Lots of cute wildlife knocking artound for kids (and big kids) too.

- oh also check out the late series over summer, drink + sunset in a gorgeous garden wins for me!

Lizzie W

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

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.


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

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

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.

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