Kew Gardens – one of London Royal and Botanic Gardens – is the park with the world’s largest collection of living plants, disposed in 300 acres of amazing views and rich heritage. There are over 30.000 plants and trees in the park and about 40 buildings.
Kew has six glasshouses, each with unique design, climate and range of species. Built in 1844, the magnificent Palm House showcases tropical rainforests, whilst inside the Temperate House you can wonder at the world’s largest indoor plant – a 16 meter Chilean wine-palm. The Pagoda, built in 1762, is the best feature of the garden. The Arboretum has 14.000 trees, including heritage tress from the 18th century. The beautiful Lake surrounded by mature trees is spanned by the stunning Sackler Crossing.
If you have children then you can leave them at the Treehouse Towers, an outdoor play area for kids from 3 to 11 years. Climbers and Creepers is Britain’s first indoor interactive botanical play zone, designed for kids from 3 to 9 years.
27 Mar 11 – 29 Aug 11, from 9.30AM – 6.30PM (7.30PM weekends and bank holidays)
30 Aug 11 – 29 Oct 11, from 9.30AM – 6.00PM
30 Oct 11 – 4 Feb 12, from 9.30AM – 4.15PM
5 Feb 12 – 25 Mar 12, from 9.30AM – 5.30PM
Kew Gardens is closed 24-25 December (inclusive) and 1st of January. Glasshouses and restaurants close up to an hour before closing time. Last admission to the Gardens is 30 minutes before closing time. Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte’s Cottage are closed during winter months.
Adult – Ł13.90
Concession – Ł 11.90
Under 17 – Free of charge
Additional charges for Kew Palace and Kew Explorer
Richmond – Surrey
London TW9 3AB
Closest attractions: Richmond Park.
Getting there:Kew Gardens station and Kew Bridge rail station. Buses 65, 391, 237 and 267.
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8332 5655
Facilities and Additional Information
- Online tickets available;
- Wheel chair facilities and disabled toilet facilities;
- Guide dogs allowed;
- Hop-on/hop-off train tour with commentary and guidebooks;
- Souvenir shop;
- Cafés and restaurants.