About Kew Gardens:
Kew Gardens has a rich scientific heritage stretching back to the mid-18th century. Located in Southwest London, the park currently occupies some 370 acres and boasts, amongst other things, over 33,000 different plant varieties, a seed bank and its own horticultural library. The garden also employs over 700 specialist staff, making it one of the most important research and conservation institutions of its kind in the world.
It was officially designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, and is an ideal place to relax, unwind and be inspired. While themes rotate seasonally, Spring is perhaps the most popular time to visit. During this period as many as 5 million blossoming bulbs cover the ground in exquisite beauty.
- All Year Round, Daily | Except December 24 & 25.
- Apr 1 - Sept 30: 10:00 to 19:00.
- Oct 1 - 27: 10:00 to 18:00.
- Oct 28 - 30: 10:00 to 16:15.
- Last entry is 1 hour before closing.
Kew Gardens Address:
- Various entrance gates, see Map Download.
- Wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis. Pick them up at any of the main gates.
- The garden paths, Rhizotron, Treetop Walkway and most other buildings are all wheelchair accessible. Note, however, that mobility scooters and pushchairs are not permitted on the Treetop Walkway.
Kew Garden Attractions:
Below you'll find a selection of highlights and other great reasons to visit Kew Gardens:
Escape The Bustle Of The City: Kew offers a wonderful day out for all. The botanical glasshouses and gardens are home to over 30,000 vibrant plant species. You'll also have an opportunity to visit the historic Kew Palace.
Temperate House: This is the largest surviving Victorian conservatory in the world. It offers splendid views and rich experiences for the whole family.
Kew Palace: This small yet pretty royal palace once served as a residence of King George III. Physical beauty and an intriguing past make it one of Kew's must-visit attractions. Highlights include a Jigsaw cabinet containing jigsaw maps that were used to teach geography to the royal children. Also, George III’s daughter’s doll house is another fascinating artefact worth seeing.
Treetop Walkway: Possibly the most engaging experience you can find above a woodland canopy in the UK, Kew’s Xstrata Treetop Walkway and Rhizotron takes you 59 feet above ground level. Here you can explore the beauty of the trees up close.
Bamboo Garden: Here you'll find the UK's most diverse bamboo collection. It has wispy, variegated species along with well-known lofty pole varieties. At the heart of the garden you'll find The Minka House, an authentic Japanese farming residence dating back to the early 1900s. It was deconstructed in 1993, taken to Kew, then reconstructed for public viewing.
The Palm House: This epic facility is designed to stir the imagination and captivate the senses. Discover a wide array of species valued for their economic worth, such as South American rubber, cocoa, banana and papaya plants. The palms derive mainly from Asia, Australasia and the Pacific, regions which are home to the planet's greatest diversity of palms.
Queen’s Garden: This garden dates back to the 17th century and has many plants which are cultivated for their medicinal properties. As you stroll amongst the rows you'll encounter many herbal varieties that are still in use today. Aromatic plants from the Mediterranean region, for instance, such as sage, rosemary, thyme, lavender and oregano are simply astounding.