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 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

Fee: From: $22.04 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Kew Gardens Entrance Ticket

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.

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Address: Richmond TW9 3AB, UK

Phone: 020 8332 5655

Official Website: Kew Gardens

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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Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Star Rating

4 Star Rating The Christmas at Kew experience was fantastic, well worth a visit. Really enjoyed it. However the ladies toilets at the fair ride area, these were spotlessly clean but absolutely stunk. Will definitely go another year but make sure we visit the ladies before arriving.

Veronica Gibbs - 11 hours ago

5 Star Rating Christmas at Kew is a wonderful night out for family, friends, couples and kids. The stunning light installations around the gardens are incredible and have been devised beautifully. I went on an off peak night and it was still busy but that didn’t bother me. A lovely festive feeling of lights, music and mulled wine! 👍🏻

Ben Morris - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating I would recommend this experience. Amazing light shows and the finale was breathtaking. Would advise to book early as I think it's sold out now. Well worth the cost maybe for next year. Plenty of refreshments, toilets and great shops.

Margaret Smith - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating We thought 'Kew at Christmas' was absolutely stunning...in particular the final set at the lake where the fountain had pictures projected on it. A lot of hard work has obviously gone into making this a very special evening and it shows. Lovely atmosphere and a great start to Christmas! Book early next year!

Caroline Thomson - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Looking forward to visiting again. My last visit was during the tulip season. My oh my, they had a wonderful display of tulips over a huge lawn; wild and free. The other end of the gardens featured a sea of bluebells; so pretty. Even when it's busy it's easy to find a quiet spot to relax. Well worth the money.

Vivienne Hollis - 28 days ago

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Nigel Taylor, Curator of Horticulture at Kew Gardens narrates this video about the history of the amazing Palm House Conservatory

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