Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens are a spectacular 300 acre Royal Botanical Garden

Palm House in the beautiful Kew Gardens
Palm House in the beautiful Kew Gardens Photo courtesy Kew Gardens

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 Temperate House: The world's largest remaining glasshouse from the Victorian era with an area of 53,000 square feet and reaching a height of 63 feet. The Temperate House preserves a large collection of sub-tropical and temperate region plants from around the world including endagered varieties which are being propagated to help reestablish them in their original locations.
  • 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. 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

Fee: Yes.

Kew Gardens Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • 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 – 7:00 PM

Address: Richmond, UK

Phone: 020 8332 5655

Official Website: Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating One of my favorite stops on our trip to London. It was so nice to be out of the crowds for a while enjoying the incredible collection of plants and trees. Since I struggle walking long distance we took the 'train' around to some of the further away points like the rhododendron garden. I could have spent several days there. I would be a member if we lived closer!
Marja B - in the last week

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5 Star Rating It's a wonderful place to walk around and enjoy the tranquil surroundings in busy London. Today was the opening of having art installations scattered around by Mac Quinn, which is interesting. You could easily spend several hours wandering. The gardens are easy to get to by public transport. The staff are friendly and I would recommend anyone going no matter what time of year. If you're thinking of looking around the gardens a few times throughout the year, I would recommend getting an annual pass.
Marcia S - in the last week

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4 Star Rating This park is a delight for nature lovers! Lush greenery surrounds the area, and a beautiful lake attracts a variety of wildlife, including fish, ducks, and swans. Thousands of different trees offer shade and a chance to explore the park's diverse flora. There's even an exciting treetop walk that's a big hit with kids – it's quite high, and the bridge sways a little as you walk across! The park also provides plenty of green space for relaxing picnics with family and friends. My only concern is that the ticket prices seem a bit high.
Kaushal Kishore - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Kew Gardens is the most beautiful place to go in London, there's so many beautiful trees, flowers, exhibits, calming walkways and the exposure to nature and wildlife is just the cherry on top. It's an amazing park, perfect for family days out or a calming experience surrounded by breathtaking nature. I recommend looking at their website to check what's in bloom on your visit season. The Palm tree greenhouse is my favourite part, it feels like home if you're from a tropical country, and if not it's an amazing immersive experience, definitely climb the stairs and have a treetop view of the greenhouse! There are no bikes and no pets allowed in the park. If there is a specific exhibition that you'd be interested in (my favourite is the Orchid festival) I definitely recommend buying the tickets in advance!!
Marjorie Naum - in the last week

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5 Star Rating One of the best experiences in London. Absolutely stunning. One of those places where everywhere you look is a photo opportunity. And the wildlife! Wow, never expected to see fox cubs. Can’t recommend Kew highly enough.
Richard Tinker - in the last week

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Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
District and Overground LinesKew Station8 Minutes

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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