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 many more of the 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.   

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Additional Information

Please Note

  • The treetop walkway, Climbers & Creepers, the Children’s Garden, the galleries, Kew Palace and Kew Explorer are currently closed
  • Children aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times 
  • Only adults with children are able to enter The Children's Garden along with their valid ticket
  • Only registered disability assistance dogs are allowed in the gardens
  • Bicycles, tricycles, roller skates, skateboards, micro-scooters, balace bikes and other vehicles (except powered wheelchairs) must be left at the gate
  • To protect the lawns ball games and sports are not permitted 
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the galleries
  • The narrow Treetop Walkway is not suitable for mobility scooters and pushchairs
  • Manual wheelchairs are welcome in the galleries, please leave buggies in the buggy park provided
  • Customers will need to arrive within 45 minutes of their time slot
  • The Orchids exhibition will be back in Feb 2021, and will be included in your ticket.  Please organise a visiting time slot with reception upon arrival


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
Kew Gardens opening times 2020/21

1 to 24 October 2020

10:00am* – 6:00pm (last entry 5:00pm)

*9:00am opening on 24 October

25 October to 17 November 2020

10:00am** – 4:15pm (last entry 3:15pm)

**9:00am openings on 25 and 31 October, and 1 November

18 November 2020 to 3 January 2021

10:00am – 3:00pm (last entry 2:00pm)

Gardens closed all day on 24 and 25 December

4 January to 4 February 2021

10:00am – 4:15pm (last entry 3:15pm)

5 February to 7 March 2021

10:00am – 5:30pm (last entry 4:30pm)

8 March to 31 March 2021

10:00am – 6:00pm (last entry 5:00pm)

Current closures:
  • Climbers and Creepers is permanently closed to make way for an exciting new attraction.
  • The Marianne North Gallery is closed.
  • The Kew Explorer is not running.
  • The Pagoda, Queen Charlotte’s Cottage and the Royal Palaces are all closed.
  • The Library is not open to the public.
  • The Treetop Walkway is closed.
  • Some of our benches and toilets are closed off. Open toilets are noted on the map on arrival.
  • The Kew Explorer land train is not running.
  • The Badger Sett in the Natural Area is closed.
  • The Minka House is closed.
  • Parking is prohibited on Kew Road and limited around the area. Consider walking or cycling to us if you are able to.
  • The limited number of lockers at Victoria Gate are currently closed.
  • The Princess of Wales Conservatory will be closed from Monday 11 January 2021 — Friday 5 February 2021.
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