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 VisitFee: From: $22.04 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.
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address: Richmond TW9 3AB, UK
Phone: 020 8332 5655
Official Website: Kew GardensMap of nearby accommodations:
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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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Ratedout of 5
I love Kew Gardens because apart from the superb displays of flowers & plant life, it also makes just the place to get away from the crowds and relax. Walk to the far side of the grounds from the entrances and sit on one of the forms by the Thames or visit the peaceful Marianne North gallery and see the vast array of her brilliant paintings of plant life from around the world. I never tire of visiting Kew Gardens, worth every penny of the entrance fee! Easy way to get there from central London, jump on a District Line tube train for Richmond alight Kew Gardens Station.
D A Baines - 1 day ago
My favourite place in London. Great to visit in hot summer days but also during the cold winter days. There are many green houses that you can explore if the weather is not so good for being outdoors. There are always new exhibitions and displays so getting the yearly pass is worth it. You will discover something new during your visitors even if you come here regularly. Great for children as well as adults. There is plenty to learn and see in this beautiful botanic gardens.
Tina Chmurova - 8 days ago
My first visit but only for the Christmas festival of light. I highly recommend it for a colourful evening out with the family. It would also be great for a romantic stroll for couples. The light installations were very charming and inspiring. Some were open to your own interpretation while others were more traditional. can't wait to visit again in the spring time and see the gardens in all their glory. A top Christmas treat.
Rob Hobbs - 13 days ago
The orchids were just being set up in the Princess Diana House so quiet but spectacular. The only issue we had was the cafe (great food) BUT still using plastic cutlery/soup bowls and pigeons hanging flying around. Not environmentally friendly or as hygienic as we'd have liked.
Fiona Dobbs - 19 days ago
Had been there for Christmas at Kew. It was fantastic experience to have. It's worth the money you pay (around £20) and you will feel absolutely flattered. Friendly suggestion to give is that if you book it early enough and get a ticket just before Christmas or New Year, then you will enjoy the festive season so nicely. It will give you the mood that you would most likely to enjoy the Christmas. All the lights, laser and light works were so amazing at the same so romantic. Especially, the music playing around the park was very nice. I would 100 percent Recommend going there with your loved ones.
Badamjav Jamsran - 1 month ago