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Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Botanical Garden

Contact

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

020 8332 5655

Address

Kew,
Richmond,
Surrey,
TW9 3AB

Events at this Venue

date event
Tue 9 May - Fri 31 Aug Temperate Treasures tour
Fri 30 Mar - Sun 30 Sep Here Be Dragons
Sat 31 Mar - Sun 16 Sep Down Under II: Works from Shirley Sherwood
Sat 31 Mar - Sun 16 Sep The Florilegium: Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Wed 9 May - Sun 16 Sep Plans and Plants The making of the Temperate House
Wed 9 May - Mon 31 Dec Introduction to the Gardens

Details

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is home to the world’s largest and most diverse collection of living plants and is a scientific organisation of international renown. Set in a stunning landscape of 326 acres and just 30 minutes from central London, Kew Gardens makes the perfect day out throughout the year with so much for you to see and do.

KEW’S FAMOUS GLASSHOUSES
From steamy rainforests to the cool arid desert, Kew’s glasshouses take you to locations far from London and the UK. The Temperate House, the world’s greatest glasshouse, re-opened in May 2018 following an extensive restoration. This breathtakingly beautiful building is home to over 10,000 plants. Go on a journey through different temperate zones from Africa or Asia to South America and New Zealand and discover rare and threatened plants from around the world.

For an immersive tropical experience, The Palm House, is a must see. It houses the world’s oldest living pot plant and many plants that have changed the world. Nearby, the tropical waterlilies and climbing plants in The Waterlily House are an amazing sight.
The Princess of Wales Conservatory is home to an array of plants in 10 climatic zones, including cacti, bromeliads and orchids. It is transformed each year for the annual Orchid Festival which takes place in February and March, so don’t miss this stunning spectacle of colour in the depths of winter.

THE ARBORETUM
Kew’s Arboretum is home to 14,000 magnificent trees, some of which date back to the 18th century, and represent over 2,000 species and varieties. This collection is not only of great scientific importance, it also provides year-round interest. Visit the Treetop Walkway for a unique perspective on the Arboretum, from 18 metres above the ground!

THE GREAT BROAD WALK BORDERS
At over 320 metres long, the Great Broad Walk Borders are thought to be the longest double herbaceous borders in the country - even the world! You’ll see stunning displays from spring through to autumn with around 30,000 plants within the beds.

THE HIVE
This innovative and inspiring structure stands 17 metres high. It encapsulates the story of honeybees and their important role in the world. The lights and sounds emitted by The Hive respond to the real-time activity of bees in a Kew beehive. The multi-sensory experience of stepping inside The Hive is something special for all the family!

GALLERIES
There are two galleries at Kew Gardens - the Shirley Sherwood Gallery and the Marianne North Gallery. Enjoy the botanical art on display and look out for different exhibitions throughout the year celebrating the varied ways that artists capture plants.

KEW PALACE AND THE GREAT PAGODA
Kew Palace (open from April to September) gives you an insight into the domestic life of George III and his family and the Georgian Royal Kitchens are miraculously preserved. The Great Pagoda is also now open, having been returned to its 18th-century splendour. Climb 253 steps and marvel at the stunning views of Kew, and of London, from the top.

EATING AND SHOPPING
If you’re in need of refreshment then Kew has a variety of options to suit all tastes, from family friendly meals in White Peaks Café to afternoon tea at The Botanist overlooking the Palm House lake, there’s something for everyone. Kew’s shops sell a range of produce, much of it exclusive to Kew. Pick up the award-winning Kew’s Explorers’ Strength Gin or choose from a range of books and gifts to remember your visit.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPostboxPublic toiletsWheelchairs available

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Guided tours for groups

Opening details

Kew is open from 10am daily, all year except 24 and 25 December. Closing times vary according to the time of year, details on Kew’s website – link to https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/plan-your-visit-to-kew-gardens/opening-and-closing-times

Prices

Gate prices: Adults £18.75*
Concessions £16.50* (60+ and visitors with a disability)
Children aged 4-16: £5
Students: £9.50*
Kew members free
Book online for reduced prices. Discounted rates for groups of 15 or more
*includes voluntary donation

Location

Directions

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Map reference: TQ 187773  Lat: 51.48254 Long: -0.29120

Public transport is very convenient and there is limited parking. Victoria Gate is on Kew Road (A307) and is a 7 minute walk from Kew Gardens Station.
TUBE: Kew Gardens
TRAIN: Kew Gardens and Kew Bridge
BUS: 65, 237, 267, 391
CAR: Coming from the south or west on the A316 or M3 motorway (which becomes the A316) turn left at the Richmond roundabout onto Kew Road (A307). You will see the Pagoda to your left - park in a permitted place, alongside the Gardens, on Kew Road.
For further information visit www.tfl.gov.uk

Parking: with charge

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups