City Cruises & Kew Gardens Combo:
Join City Cruises and cast off from any of their four 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, 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 24-25.
Kew Gardens Address:
- Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB.
Kew Gardens Opening Hours | 2019-20:
- 6-31 Jan: 10:00 to 16:15 (last entry 15:15).
- 1-28 Feb: 10:00 to 17:00 (last entry 16:00).
- 1-31 Mar: 10:00 to 18:00 (last entry 17:00).
- 1-30 Apr: 10:00 to 19:00 (last entry 18:00).
- 1 May - 31 Jul: Mon-Thu 10:00 to 19:00 (last entry 18:00). Fri-Sun 10:00 to 20:00 (last entry 19:00)*.
- 1 Aug - 30 Sept: 10:00 to 19:00 (last entry 18:00).
- 1-27 Oct: 10:00 to 18:00 (last entry 17:00).
- 28 Oct - 19 Nov: 10:00 to 16:15 (last entry 15:15).
- 20 Nov, 2019 to 4 Jan, 2020: 10:00 to 15:30 (last entry 15:00).
- 5-31 Jan: 10:00 to 16:15 (last entry 15:15).
- 1-28 Feb: 10:00 to 17:00 (last entry 16:00) | Glasshouses will stay open until 16.30 during Orchids.
- 1-29 Mar: 10:00 to 18:00 (last entry 17:00).
- *During 'Kew the Music' (9-14 Jul), the Garden will close early at 17:00, with last entry at 16:00.
- Certain attractions and facilities at Kew Gardens have a different closing time to the park as a whole. Please check these times direct.
Thames River Cruise:
This ticket for Kew Gardens also includes 24 hour access to the London City Cruises hop-on hop-off boats [does not include boat transport to Kew].
- See here for more information on the cruise route and details of onboard facilities.
- London City Cruise boats generally operate from 10:00 to 18:00, every 40 minutes. This is a rough guideline based on the first departure from Westminster Pier. Always check locally available timetables.
London City Piers:
- 1) Westminster Pier.
- 2) London Eye Pier.
- 3) Tower Bridge Pier.
- 4) Greenwich Pier.
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.