Tickets for Kew Gardens: Priority Entrance

A breath of fresh air in one of the world's largest botanical gardens

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Overview
Opening hours
Highlights
  • 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...)
Exhibitions
Kew Orchid Festival 2020
Now on - Mar 8, 2020

Ready for a taste of paradise? Kew's 25th annual orchid festival lands in February 2020, this time celebrating the incredible wildlife and vibrant culture of Indonesia! Explore the Indonesian landscapes via their unique flora and fauna, complete with sights, smells, and sounds of the rainforest.

Step into the Princess of Wales Conservatory, and be transported to an enchanting paradise with spectacular orchid displays that fill the glasshouse. From flowery, bright orange orangutans to an erupting volcano, it's the next best thing to actually being in Indonesia!

Admission to the Kew Orchid Festival 2020 is included with your ticket to Kew Gardens.

Description

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.

Ticket
Ticket features
Instant ticket delivery
Smartphone tickets accepted
What's included
Priority access to Kew Gardens
Access to the art galleries (Marianne North and Shirley Sherwood), Kew Palace, greenhouses and the Treetop Walkway
Free guided walking tours at least twice a day. Ask onsite for more information, times can vary
Map and guide to the highlights of the season
Access to the Children's Garden (90-minute session; first-come, first-served)
Hop-on hop-off land train with driver commentary
Christmas at Kew (separate timed ticket required)
Instructions
  • 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
  • Children's Garden: you'll be allocated a timeslot for a 90-min session (on a first-come, first-served basis). During busy periods, you may have to return later in the day to get a timeslot. We advise arriving early to avoid disappointment. Timeslots can't be reserved
  • Orchids Festival: Please get a timeslot (on a first-come, first-served basis) at the Princess of Wales Conservatory. We advise arriving early and avoiding busy periods
Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are not possible for this ticket
  • Changes are possible for this ticket
Venue
Address
Royal Botanical Gardens & Kew Palace
Richmond, TW9 3AB, London
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
The entire garden is accessible to disabled visitors, even the Treetop Walkway
Additional info

Important note:

  • 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
Insider tip

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!

Ryan
Senior Copywriter
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