The stunning 300 acre Kew Gardens is only 30 minutes from central London and is more than worth the trip. You can easily reach the gardens on the tube.
The gardens grew from an exotic garden in Kew Park started by Lord Capel John. They were later expanded by Augusta, the Dowager Princess of Wales, who had a number of garden structures built. Of these a Chinese Pagoda built in 1761 is still there today. Over the years the gardens and their collection continued to grow under the direction of different individuals. In 1840 the gardens became a National Botanical Garden.
The Kew Gardens offer so much to explore and one can easily spend a full day or more here. Some of the top attractions include:
- The Palm House: A curvaceous glasshouse first completed in 1848 in which palm trees and tropical plants from around the world thrive in a warm moist environment.
- The Princess of Wales Conservatory: A newer conservatory that has 10 different climate zones all managed by computer.
- The Great Pagoda: The oldest structure still in the Gardens, the Great Pagoda, built in 1761 has 10 floors, stands 163 feet high and is 49 feet in diameter at the base.
- Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway: This new attraction takes you both below ground to the root zone of the trees as well as along a 660 foot long walkway 60 feet above the Arboretum that stretches between the Temperate House and the Lake
All of the above are set in a beautiful park setting. These are just a few of the many things to see and discover in these beautiful gardens which are now recognized as a World Heritage Site. If you love plants and gardens, visiting the Kew Gardens is a must during your London Vacation.
The Kew Gardens are open daily, except December 24th and 25th, from 10am. Admission charges do apply, however admission is free with the London Pass. Kew Palace is open to the public during Spring and Summer from April through to the last weekend in September.
For more information about the Kew Gardens and their admission charges visit their official website.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Kew GardensFee: From: $22.63 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
See floral splendor and scenery without leaving London on a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew! Commonly known as Kew Gardens, the UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises 326 acres (121 hectares) of beautiful scenery with rare plants from around the world. Head inside with your Kew Gardens ticket and explore at leisure, or join one of the free walking tours that take place daily.
Free admission with a London Pass.
Some attractions may have reduced hours or be closed due to COVID-19. Please verify opening hours with the attraction before visiting.
- Monday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Tuesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Thursday: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Friday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Saturday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
- Sunday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Tracey A. Nov-22-2019
If someone had told me I'd go all 5-star in for Kew Gardens I'd have bet them the opposite. I've never been to a botanical garden that excited me in any... Read More
Norman W. Sep-25-2020
Horticulturist, gardener or not, Kew will open your eyes to the wonderful world of plants. I have been many times, during many seasons and Kew is different... Read More
Susan L. Jun-04-2019
Despite having visited London many times, it wasn't until yesterday that we finally visited Kew Gardens. Unsurprisingly, it was lovely. A special treat... Read More
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How to get to Kew Gardens by Tube
From Kew Gardens Station walk west along Station Parade, then right on High Park Road, then right on Sandycombe Road followed by a quick left onto Lichfield Road. The entrance to Kew Gardens is at the west end of Lichfield.
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