Kew is world famous for the Royal Botanic Gardens, where 300 acres (120ha) of land and splendid glasshouses contain over 40,000 species of plant life and 9,000 trees.
Few attractions offer the variety and spectacle of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew where 326 acres, four of them under glass, contain the world’s largest and most diverse collection of living plants, with over 30,000 types of plants represented.
The National Archive (formerly the Public Record Office) is also based in Kew, holding 900 years of historical records, including the Domesday Book. The site was originally a World War I hospital, after which it was utilised by several government departments.
First used by the Royal Family in 1728, the Palace was finally purchased by George III in 1781 as an annex to the White House (located where the sundial now stands) to accommodate his expanding family, subsequently becaming a more permanent home for the Royal Family.
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Shopping In Kew
Kew Village encompasses the area close to Kew Gardens railway station and a further parade of shops on Sandycombe Road, and is a stone’s throw from the world famous Royal Botanical Gardens. The Village is the hub of the local community and has a vibrant atmosphere, especially at weekends. There are specialist shoe, music and bridal dress shops, as well as an award winning organic health food store.
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£70 prpnb, 020 8977 7251
£51-£145 prpnb, 020 8943 1862
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