- A visit to one of the largest botanical gardens in the world is a perfect escape from London's crowds and tubes
- See conservatories with jungle plants, wander the treetop walkway and visit the art galleries and restaurants
- With 121 hectares to explore, there's time to stop and smell the roses (and the oranges, water lilies, cacao trees...)
Make London sightseeing a literal breath of fresh air. Roam the huge gardens and spot landmark sites like Kew Palace, the 10-storey Chinese pagoda, the Temperate House – a vast greenhouse that looks as beautiful on the outside as it does in – and even a waterfall.
Founded in 1840, Kew Gardens boasts over 30,000 different kinds of plants and is more like a green museum, showcasing different periods of landscape architecture and gardening styles. You'll even find a royal palace on the site!
Make sure you visit Temperate House – the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world, home to 1,500 species. The park's botanists tend to some of the rarest and most threatened temperate zone plants from Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific Islands.
Get the best view of the gardens in the Treetop Walkway. Stare out atop the foliage, and get a unique vantage point of the park. Ground yourself again with a trip to Kew's art galleries. The Marianne North Gallery hosts art from around the world, while the Shirley Sherwood contains botanical art.
- 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
- If you wish to enter the Children's Garden, you'll be allocated a timeslot for a 90-minute session. Timeslots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. During busy periods, you may have to return later in the day to secure a timeslot. We advise arriving early to avoid disappointment. Timeslots can't be reserved
- Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
- Changes are possible for this ticket
- Kew Palace, Queen Charlotte's Cottage and the Pagoda are open for the summer, but will close on 30 September 2019
- During adverse weather conditions, the upper level of the Hive may have to be closed
- 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!