Kew Gardens

Activity code: KG

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Highlights

  • Kew houses the largest and most diverse botanical collections in the world
  • A stunningly diverse wilderness of beautifully preserved nature
  • See some of the rarest plants in the world in the Temperate House
  • Find the hidden temples including the Tuscan designed Temple of Aeolus

Description

Explore 330 acres of tropical oasis at Kew Gardens in Richmond, southwest London. This incredible natural haven is full of rare and beautiful flowers and dangerous and carnivorous plants housed in temperate Victorian glass greenhouses.

Walk through the stunning Palm House, a feat of Victorian glass architecture, full of endangered and useful plants, including the cocoa tree and the oldest pot plant in the world.

Discover mountainous flora and fauna in the Rock Garden filled with waterfalls and plants from Himalayan mountain streams and meadows and the peaks of New Zealand.

Among an array of incredible attractions at Kew Botanical Gardens is the must-see Princess of Wales Conservatory. Adventure from the deserts to the tropics in this glass labyrinth full of Venus fly traps and pitcher plants who have evolved to swallow their prey in less than half a second. Giant water lilies float in the wet tropical zone in this humid hothouse, opened by Princess Diana in 1897.

Kew Botanical Gardens is truly one of London’s most beautiful attractions filled with wild and exotic natural phenomena, a real escape from the frenzy of modern life.

Summer Programme: Food Forever (21st May – 18th September 2022)
Across summer 2022, Kew Gardens will host an exciting programme, Food Forever, shining light on the future of food. It’s a brilliant opportunity for visitors to explore how their day-to-day food choices affect the planet and ways in which to protect the world around us and conserve biodiversity. 

Food Forever will be interactive with large-scale art installations showcasing different aspects of modern food consumption or production, film screenings, talks from food innovators and scientists and an immersive art exhibition in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art.

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Additional Information

Please Note:

  • Kew Palace and the Royal Kitchens are included in the cost of admission when they are open (from Easter to the last weekend in September annually).
  • Parking is prohibited on Kew Road and limited around the area. Consider walking or cycling if you are able to.
  • There are no lockers or baggage storage facilities available.
  • Kew Palace and the Stable Yard toilets are currently closed for refurbishment. The closest facilities are at the Orangery.

Venue Information 
Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, Surrey, TW9 3AB

Nearest Train Station: Kew Bridge
Nearest Underground Station: Kew Gardens 
Bus Routes: 65, 391, 237, 267
 

Golden Tours act as an official agent for these activities, as such you are subject to the terms and conditions of the supplier. 

Schedule

*Opening 11:00am on 10 September and 11 September 2022

Daily early opening at 8:00am for members from 1 May to 30 September, except on 20 May, 10 September and 11 September 2022 4:00pm close on 19 May and 4 August; 4:30pm close on 23 June and 5:00pm close from 5 to 10 July 2022.

Days of Operations:

  • 1 May to 31 August 2022: Weekdays, 10:00am to 7:00pm (last entry 6:00pm) & Weekends, 10:00am to 8:00pm (last entry 7:00pm)
  • 1 to 30 September 2022: Daily, 10:00am* to 7:00pm (last entry 6:00pm)
  • 1 to 29 October 2022: Daily, 10:00am to 6:00pm (last entry 5:00pm)
  • 30 October to 15 November 2022: Daily, 10:00am to 4:00pm (last entry 3:00pm)
  • 16 November 2022 to 8 January 2023: Daily, 10:00am to 3:00pm (last entry 2:00pm)
  • 9 to 31 January 2023: Daily, 10:00am to 4:00pm (last entry 3:00pm)
  • 1 to 28 February 2023: Daily, 10:00am to 5:00pm (last entry 4:00pm)
  • 1 to 31 March 2023: Daily, 10:00am to 6:00pm (last entry 5:00pm)

Gardens closed 24 and 25 December 2022

Closure times of Kew Gardens

  • Summer Cycle: 19 May & 4 Aug - 4pm close; 23 Jun-4:30pm close
  • Kew The Music: 5 - 10 Jul - 5pm close
  • Richmond Run: 10 & 11 Sept - 11am open
  • Christmas at Kew: 16 Nov - 8 Jan - last entry 2pm; closure 3pm
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