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.

Regular Hours:
May differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Address: Richmond, UK

Phone: 020 8332 5655

Official Website: Kew Gardens

Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating What a treat ! Going during winter (with a correct weather) was a blessing. Very few people, it was a very contemplative moment. You let yourself get captivated by all the plants varieties and the beautiful architecture of the greenhouses. Plan at least three hours to visit ! And why not bring a sketchbook to capture your favorite specimens.
Garance - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating Need time to reflect? This is the best place for you! The place is so calming. Love the freshness of the air, the sound of the birds, and nature in general. There are also lots of benches where you can rest. There is also a restaurant and coffee shop at the center of the gardens.
Jude Ryan - a month ago

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4 Star Rating Kew royal botanical gardens are beautiful very large very well kept gardens. It is best to book a time slot. Ticket online prices are 22£ in 2024. Children under 15 are £5,5. There is a very large glasshouse and Japanese garden by the pagoda. And much more. Opening hours are according to season. Jan 10:00-16:00 / Feb 10:00-17:00 / March 10:00-18:00 for 2024. Only negative part the garden is less than 10 miles away from Heathrow so you do hear frequent plane noises.
carine - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating What can one say. One of the best gardens (and Botanical Institution) in the World. This visit we went at night, to see the Christmas laser Light Show. I'm an easy guy to impress, but this show was absolutely amazing. You walk a lot thou. To do the round trip of the show we did walk 4 miles in 3 hours. But, with so much to see, Christmas kiosks selling drinks, food and everyone was having a good time. It will end in 2 weeks, perhaps should stay longer. Worth coming over to experience it. But a gift on your way out and have a jolly time. Do choose a dry evening, if possible. Recommended
Natinho Lima - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Amazing Christmas light display at Kew Gardens. Lots of automated displays and music along the circular route. My first visit but definitely won't be my last. A good 2 hours to walk round the display and enjoy everything so much to see. Food and drink stops along the way that were reasonably priced. Also a shop that sold assorted gifts.
Diane C (Diane C) - 2 months ago

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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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