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Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Guided Tour, Thu 22 Nov 2018 - Sat 5 Jan 2019



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Events at this Venue

date event
Wed 9 May - Mon 31 Dec Introduction to the Gardens
Tue 6 Nov - Sun 17 Mar Mark Frith: a legacy of ancient oaks
Wed 7 Nov - Sun 17 Mar Rankafu: Masterpieces of Japanese woodblock prints
Thu 22 Nov - Sat 5 Jan Christmas at Kew
Sun 16 Dec Tales from the temperate lands
Sat 22 Dec - Sun 6 Jan Tales and Trails


As twilight falls, the magic begins....
Now in its sixth year, our 2018 winter trail will be bigger than ever before, with over a million twinkling pea-lights and thousands of laser beams. Walk under welcoming arches into a world festooned with seasonal cheer and wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in Christmas colour.

Laser Garden: New this year, enter the moonlit woods and step into a Laser Garden where refracting lines of light playfully bounce across the branches.
Then stroll towards the Lake and pause at the waterside reflections made by a festive flotilla of hundreds of glowing boats gently bobbing on the shimmering surface.

Fire Garden: Glimpse the sculptural Fire Garden as it flickers and crackles in the distance, whilst the much-loved pea-lit tunnel is re-imagined as a vast Canopy of Light.

Watch the Palm House Pond finale springing to life with brightly criss-crossing colours, water screen projections and jumping light jets that dance to seasonal classics.

Treats under starry skies: Complete your trail with tempting treats under the stars – a spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts and toasted marshmallows fills the air, and browse Kew’s well-stocked shop for that extra special gift.

For the young ones, don’t miss the vintage fairground rides* and look out for Santa and his elves along the way.

*separate charges apply for the vintage rides.

The trail is approximately 2km long and takes an estimated 75 minutes to walk. The route is designed so that it can be viewed from the pathways. Some interactive elements may invite the audience onto grass where we will provide additional matting.

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

Children welcome

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 22 Nov 2018 - Sat 5 Jan 2019 17:00 to 22:00
Christmas at Kew is open 5–10pm and you choose a time slot for entry (last entry 7.40pm).

The main entrance is via Victoria Gate, or Brentford Gate if you book a ticket with reserved parking.

Brentford Gate will close promptly at 7.40pm and Victoria Gate at 8pm, there will be no admittance after these times.


Depending on the date you choose, a peak, off peak or super peak rate will apply.

• Book online
• By phone on 0844 995 9675 (7p per minute plus any network extras)

Advance tickets are cheaper than buying on the day. We recommend booking in advance as tickets sell out quickly. You can buy tickets online until 3pm on the day of your event, subject to availability. If there are any remaining tickets, these will be available from the box office at Victoria Gate at 5pm. - Parking can only be booked in advance by phone or online.

- Adult tickets from £16.50, from £13.50 for Friends at Kew.
- Family tickets are available. Disabled ticket holders are entitled to one free ticket for an essential carer/companion.
- All patrons must show a ticket to enter, including children under 4 (free).

If you would like to visit the Gardens during the day (before the evening event) we offer a reduced price for day entry. Book your discounted day entry ticket at the same time as your Christmas at Kew ticket. This discount is only available for advance bookings.

The Gardens close at 3.30pm, you will need to leave and return for Christmas at Kew at your chosen time slot.



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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

Parking: with charge


  • 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