City Cruises & Kew Gardens Combo:
Join City Cruises and cast off from any of their five piers located along the banks of the River Thames. Hop-on and off at your leisure for 24 hours between piers at Westminster, the London Eye, Bankside, Tower Bridge and Greenwich. Enjoy either live or pre-recorded onboard audio commentary about London and its incredible 2000 year history. This combination ticket also includes entry to Kew Gardens.
Be it spring, summer, autumn or winter, the Kew Gardens in Richmond is a place where you can discover the finest greenery nature has to offer. This famous attraction is currently home to the word's largest living plant collection, as well as marvellous greenhouses from the Victorian era, beautiful Asian inspired buildings, and a palace once owned by George III. It's easy to reach by train from central London, simply ride the District Line to Kew Gardens Station then walk a short distance to Victoria Gate.
- All Year Round, Daily.
Except December 25.
- Adult tickets aged 17+ years.
- Child tickets aged 4-16 years.
- Senior tickets aged 60+ years.
- Student tickets aged 17+ years and in higher education with valid ID.
Children aged 3 years and under travel free.
Kew Gardens Address:
- Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB.
Kew Gardens Opening Hours | 2017:
- Monday - Thursday: 10:00 to 18:30 (last entry at 18:00).
- Friday - Sunday and Bank Holidays: 10:00 to 20:30 (last entry at 20:00).
Kew Gardens is closed December 24 and 25.
Thames River Cruise:
This ticket for Kew Gardens also includes 24 hour access to the London City Cruises hop-on hop-off boats.
- See here for more information on the cruise route for and details of onboard facilities.
- A timetable for the 2017-18 season is available to view/download here.
About Kew Gardens:
Founded in 1840 and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, the Kew Gardens we know today owes its distinctive layout and facilities to two important historical eras, the Georgian and Victorian. The former enlarged and refined the English landscaped gardens which had for years formed the royal estates of Richmond and Kew. It was also during this time that iconic structures such as the Chinese Pagoda and Orangery were constructed.
The early Victorian era saw Kew gardens' role shift from that of a pleasurable retreat to a more horticulturally orientated national botanic garden. The beautiful showcase grounds remained and were even extended, but were joined by a number of new, revolutionary buildings such as the famous Palm House, the Waterlily House, and the Temperate House (currently the world's largest surviving Victorian glass structure).
The influence of this latter era permeates Kew and is arguably the style from which it derives its essential character. The gardens as a whole can be viewed as a stunning physical testament to the Victorian affinity for natural sciences and foreign cultures. Thousands of exotic plants were shipped in during the 64 year period, fostering a biodiversity which currently stands at around 30,000 different plant species- the largest living collection in the world- and millions of individual specimens.
Modern structures designed to entertain and promote conservation well into the future include the Alpine House, the Princess of Wales Conservatory, the 18 meter high Treetop Walkway, and the Sackler Bridge. Discover all of these and much more for yourself by taking a trip into Richmond from central London. With this ticket you'll be able to enjoy a cruise along the River Thames on one day, and entry to Kew Gardens within the next three.