Sail The Thames And Skip The Ticket Queue At Kew Gardens.
Enjoy a day out at Kew Gardens in Richmond and spend another one sailing the Thames.
Child tickets aged 5-15 years. Senior tickets aged 60 or over w/ valid ID. Student tickets aged 16 or over and in full time education w/ student ID. Children under 5 year travel free.
Kew Gardens Address:
Surrey TW9 3AB
Kew Gardens Opening Times*:
Feb 6-Mar 26, 2016:
- Daily, 10:00-17:30
Mar 27-Aug 29:
- Mon-Fri, 10:00-18:30
- Weekends and Bank Holidays, 10:00-19:30
Aug 30-Oct 29:
- Daily, 10:00-18:00
*Last entry is always half an hour before the closing times stated above. Kew Gardens is closed Dec 24 and 25.
Kew Gardens Tickets:
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.
Thames Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise:
This ticket for the Kew Gardens also includes 24 hour access to the Thames hop-on hop-off tour boats. See here for more information on the cruise route for and details of onboard services. A timetable for the Summer 2016 season is available to download below.
PLEASE NOTE: You do not need to visit Kew Gardens on the same day as your River Thames sightseeing cruise. Both tickets are provided separately upon collection and those for Kew Gardens can be used 72 hours from the date of issue.
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