- 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...)
Seattle-based artist Dale Chihuly will be exhibiting his luminous and utterly unique glass artworks across one of London's most spectacular landscapes, in a mesmeric marriage of art, science, and nature. Famous worldwide for his dazzling coloured glass sculptures, Chihuly's work has been exhibited in 240 museums around the world. As well as glass, Chihuly uses paint, charcoal, graphite, neon, ice, and Polyvitro to explore possibilities and realise his crystalline vision. With Kew Gardens as a backdrop, Chihuly's work is set to sparkle in spectacular fashion.
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.
- 18 March - 12 April: The Shirley Sherwood Gallery will be closed
- 18 March - 12 April: The Marianne North Gallery will be open Monday to Friday only, and will close early at 17:30 (last admission at 17:15)
- 13 & 14 May: Some paths may be closed for plant maintenance
- Kew Palace, the Royal Kitchens, Queen Charlotte’s Cottage and the Pagoda are closed for the winter, and will reopen on 4 April 2019
- During adverse weather conditions we may need to close the upper level of The Hive
- Treehouse Towers has closed for renovations
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!