Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Kew Gardens)



Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Kew, Richmond
+44 (0)20 8332 5655
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Public transport:
Tube: Kew Gardens Train: Kew Bridge



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Housing the world’s most diverse collection of living plants, Kew Gardens is London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also a world-leading scientific research centre.

Whether you’re keen to walk around themed gardens, go up high on the treetop walkway or explore the glasshouses, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a great place to escape it all, just 30 minutes from central London.

Two women marvel at the flowering bushes and other plants at Kew Gardens, around Temperate House, the largest Victorian greenhouse.

What is there to do at Kew Gardens?

Wander through beautiful glasshouses such as the iconic Palm House, home to an exotic rainforest; explore different climate zones at the Princess of Wales Conservatory; or be amazed by the giant lily pads at the Waterlily House.

Two women are observing the green vivid and giant waterlily pads inside in the famous glasshouse at the royal botanical gardens at Kew Gardens.

For a bird’s-eye view of the gardens, walk along the 18-metre-high (59ft) Treetop Walkway.

Enjoy floral displays from more than 60,000 plants along the Great Broad Walk Borders or spot some of the 14,000 trees in the colourful Arboretum.

Outside view of the Palm House, one of the greenhouses at Kew Gardens housing a tropical rainforest, with orange flowers surrounding the building.

The gardens also include the ornate Great Pagoda and Kew Palace – the former summer residence of King George III, which is open in the summer months.

Each winter, the Christmas at Kew event turns the gardens into a special light trail, ending in a spectacular display in front of the Palm House.

What can I do in the rain?

If the rain starts falling, there are plenty of things to do indoors at Kew Gardens.

As well as the Palm House, Princess of Wales Conservatory and the Waterlily House, the gardens also feature the Davies Alpine House, which is full of alpine plants housed in natural conditions.

Two women are walking along a pathway in a greenhouse at Kew Gradens and are looking at the tropical plants bordering the water plan.

Budding botanists can admire more than 800 artworks in the Marianne North Gallery or delve into 2,000 years of knowledge in the Library and Reading Room.

How can I book tickets?

Tickets for Kew Gardens must be booked in advance – book Kew Gardens tickets now.

Where is Kew Gardens?

Kew Gardens is in Kew, in south-west London.

How long does it take to walk around?

Although it’s easy to fill a whole day and more exploring Kew Gardens’ 132-hectare (326 acres) site, it’s recommended to spend at least three to four hours to make the most of the gardens.

 Two women are climbing the stairs leading to the treetop walkway in the royal botanical gardens of Kew Gardens.

How to get to the gardens?

Kew Gardens is less than 30 minutes from central London, and is easily reached by Tube, train and London Overground.

The nearest Tube station to Kew Gardens is Kew Gardens (District line), which is 500 metres from the Victoria Gate entrance. This station also connects to the London Overground network.

Looking across from the top of the treetop walkway at Kew Gardens, with two people pointing at the view.

Kew Bridge is the nearest train station, 800 metres from the Elizabeth Gate entrance.

Bus routes 65 and 391 stop near the entry gates, while routes 237 and 267 connect to nearby Kew Bridge station.

Can I take my own food with me?

Picnics are allowed throughout Kew Gardens, so you can bring your own food and enjoy an outdoor lunch or snack. However, you cannot eat your own food in the on-site cafes and restaurants.

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Prices and opening times

Child Ticket Free
Concession Ticket From £6.00 per ticket
Adult Ticket From £12.00 per ticket

Seniors are aged 60+ The senior rate also applies to disabled visitors. A disabled visitor may bring an essential carer for free if they need their assistance. Lower prices quoted are for online tickets purchased at which are flexible and valid f

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Opening Times

10am every day, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Closing times vary according to season.

Facilities & Accessibility

Access Inside Building Facilities
Accessible lift
Seating for limited mobility users along routes
Some routes suitable for limited mobility users
Some routes suitable for wheelchair users
Steps within building
Accessible Communication Facilities
Hearing loop system
Information available in large print
Sign language used
Accessible Parking Facilities
Blue badge parking available
Designated disabled parking available within fifty metres of main entrance
Accessible Venue Facilities
Assistance dogs welcome
Level access, ramp or lift to dining area
Level access, ramp or lift to restaurant or cafe
Level access, ramp or lift to the shop
Wheelchairs available free of charge
Additional Accessible Facilities
Level access, ramp or lift to ticket issuing point
Attraction Facilities
Gift shop
Patron toilets
Catering Facilities
Event catering
Outdoor dining / Beer garden
Vegetarian options on menu
General Facilities
Luggage storage
On site parking
Payment Facilities
Group rates available

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