Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
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 famous glasshouses ensure a fascinating visit even in winter: the world’s oldest living pot plant in the Palm House, ten climatic zones - from steamy rain forest to arid desert - in the Princess of Wales Conservatory and exquisite mountain terrain plants in the Davies Alpine House. In February the Princess of Wales Conservatory is transformed for Kew’s annual Tropical Extravaganza with spectacular displays of orchids and other exotic flowering plants.
Heritage trees dating back to the 18th century can be seen in Kew’s arboretum while the Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway gives a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding tree canopy.
Kew Palace (open April to September) offers visitors a rare insight into the domestic life of George III and his family. A tour on the Kew Explorer land train allows visitors to hop on and off throughout the tour at any of its seven stops or to relax during the full 40 minute tour to the furthest corners of the Gardens. There are three art galleries to enjoy including the country’s only gallery devoted to botanical art.
Kew has four catering outlets providing a range of freshly prepared food to suit all tastes. Discounted meal vouchers available to groups to buy in advance. There are two shops stocking a range of quality products, many exclusive to Kew.
From 9 June 2012 Kew hosts an exhibition of the work of David Nash, internationally renowned wood sculptor.
Adults £16, Concessions £14 (60+, full time students and disabled visitors), Children aged 16 years and under free, Kew members free.
Late entry: 45 minutes before Glasshouses close at £12.50
Registered blind/partially-sighted visitors free
Essential carers for disabled visitors admitted free
|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Notes||Opening hours: open from 9.30am every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Last entry varies by season and day of the week, from 3:45 to 7pm. See website for full details. Last entry 30 minutes before gates close. Open longer at weekends and bank holidays.
ContactRoyal Botanic Gardens Kew
020 8332 5655
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VenueRoyal Botanic Gardens Kew
Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB
Map reference: TQ 187773 Lat: 51.48254 Long: -0.29120
Public transport is very convenient and there is limited parking. Victoria Gate, the principal 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
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|Wed 1 - Fri 24 May 2013||Native British woodland|
|Sat 25 May 2013 - Sun 3 Nov 2013||Global Kitchen Garden|
|Sat 25 May 2013 - Sun 3 Nov 2013||Rose Garden Tea Party|
|Sat 25 May 2013 - Sun 3 Nov 2013||Summer Tours|
|Sat 25 May 2013 - Sun 1 Sep 2013||Tutti Frutti boating experience with Bompas & Parr|
|Wed 29 May 2013||Course - Vegetable growing for novices|
|Tue 9 - Sun 14 Jul 2013||Kew The Music|
|Tue 9 - Sun 14 Jul 2013||Romantic Walks|
|Thu 12 Sep 2013||Kew the Movie: Cinema Paradiso|
|Fri 13 Sep 2013||Kew the Movie: Rocky Horror Picture Show|
|Sat 14 Sep 2013||Course - Early morning photography|
|Sat 14 Sep 2013||Kew the Movie: Dirty Dancing|