- A visit to one of the largest botanical gardens in the world is a perfect break from London's crowds and tubes
- Featuring conservatories with jungle plants, a treetop walkway, art galleries and restaurants, a day at the Kew has something for everyone
- 121 hectares offers plenty of opportunity to stop and smell the roses (and the oranges, and the water lilies, and the chocolate trees...)
From the summer of 2017 until the end of 2018, check out The Hive. This award-winning artwork is inspired by research into the health and life of honeybees. The enormous lattice is fitted with LED lights and sounds, that respond in real-time to the energy surges of an actual beehive behind-the-scenes! Follow one of the talks to learn how you can help these vital pollinators survive and thrive.
A visit to Kew Gardens is the perfect way to combine London sightseeing with a literal 'breath of fresh air'. A whopping 121 hectares of space makes it one of the largest botanical gardens in the world! See orangery, a 10-story pagoda, a mosque, the cool Temperate Gardens, a unique treetop walkway 18 meters above the ground, and more.
Founded in 1840, Kew Gardens boasts over 30,000 different kinds of plants and is more like a green outdoor museum.
Explore the manicured outdoors, and see different periods of landscape architecture and gardening styles.
Don't miss Temperate House, the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world! This Grade I listed building boasts some of the rarest and most threatened temperate zone plants from Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific Islands.
The 18-meter high Treetop Walkway puts you up among the branches. The Orangery lets you smell the sweet citrus trees, and the Classical-style brick Kew Palace is always fit for a photo or two.
Kew Gardens also has two different art galleries - the Marianne North Gallery hosts art from around the world, while the Shirley Sherwood contains botanical art.
- Priority access to Kew Gardens
- Access to the art galleries (Marianne North & Shirley Sherwood), Kew Palace, greenhouses and the Treetop Walkway
- Free guided walking tours at least twice a day. Ask onsite for more information, because times can vary
- Map and guide to the highlights of the season
- Hop-on hop-off land train with driver commentary
- Christmas at Kew (separate timed ticket required)
- After arriving at Kew Gardens Station, head through the underpass towards the Victoria Gate entrance. Look for Lichfield Road, and walk to the Kew. Pass the line on the left and head directly to the entrance. Show your smartphone ticket, and you're in!
- Last admission 1 hour before closing
Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.
- Metro: District line to Kew Gardens
- Train: Stratford train to Kew Gardens
- Bus: 391 to Fulham and Richmond, near Kew Gardens
- Car: Kew Road (A307)
At 121 hectares, the Kew is massive. It's worth taking a few moments upon entering to plan out a rough route - you don't want to double back to see something you've missed. Don't forget to plan in meal breaks too!
The newly restored Temperate House is breathtaking as is the Great Pagoda. I could spend the day just gazing at the tropical plants in the Palm House and the Giant Badger Set is fun for both children and adults.