Kew Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage site that features over 50,000 living plants across a vast arboretum, an alpine rock garden, a temperate house, a rhododendron dell and more. It is one of the largest and most diverse botanical gardens in the world, and a popular attraction in London.
If you want to visit Kew Gardens, here are some useful information and tips:
- Tickets: You can book tickets online or buy them at the gate. Online tickets are cheaper and allow you to skip the queue. The prices vary depending on the season and the day of the week. You can also buy a membership that gives you unlimited entry and other benefits.
- Opening hours: Kew Gardens is open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The opening hours are from 10 am to 7 pm (last entry 6 pm) on weekdays, and from 10 am to 8 pm (last entry 7 pm) on weekends and bank holidays.
- How to get there: Kew Gardens has four gates that can be accessed by different modes of transport. The closest tube station is Kew Gardens on the District Line, which is a 10-minute walk from Victoria Gate. The closest train station is Kew Bridge, which is a 10-minute walk from Elizabeth Gate. You can also take a bus or a riverboat to Kew Gardens. Parking is limited and charges apply.
- Tours: You can join a free guided tour that runs daily at 11 am and 1:30 pm from Victoria Gate. The tour lasts about an hour and covers the highlights of the gardens. You can also book a private tour for groups of up to 15 people.
- Prohibitions: You are not allowed to bring bikes, scooters, skateboards, roller skates or drones into the gardens. You are also not allowed to play music, fly kites, light fires or barbecues, or pick flowers or fruits.
- What to see: There is so much to see and do in Kew Gardens that you might need more than one day to explore it all. Some of the must-see attractions include:
- The Temperate House: The largest Victorian glasshouse in the world, housing rare and threatened plants from five continents.
- The Treetop Walkway: A 200-metre walkway that takes you 18 metres above the ground, offering stunning views of the trees and wildlife.
- The Hive: A giant sculpture that mimics a beehive, with thousands of LED lights and sounds that respond to the activity of real bees in the gardens.
- The Palm House: A tropical paradise that showcases plants from rainforests and islands, such as palms, orchids, ferns and cacti.
- The Princess of Wales Conservatory: A complex of ten climatic zones that display plants from deserts, mountains, wetlands and more.