Kew Gardens is home to the world’s most diverse collection of living plants; 132 hectares of landscape which is exceptionally beautiful in any season. The Gardens are open, but visitors have to book a time slot in advance.
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
An outing for all seasons
In winter the Palm House welcomes you into the warmth of the rainforest, the Princess of Wales Conservatory invites you to explore ten of the world’s climatic zones and the Waterlily House shows off its amazing, giant lily pads.
Image above: Spring borders, photograph Jennifer Griffiths
In spring and summer you can enjoy the long vistas of snowdrops and crocus lawns and the brightly coloured herbaceous borders, the Great Broad Walk Borders. In autumn where better to appreciate the changing colours than from the 59ft (18m) high Treetop Walkway?
Image above: Treetop walkway, photograph Mando Mendolicchio
Kew Gardens is also the site of Kew Palace, the former summer residence of King George III and it is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge. With its unique combination of extensive collections, databases, scientific expertise and global partnerships, it is a leading international scientific and conservation centre.
See kew.org for seasonal attractions such as the Orchid Festival, the annual summer music concerts Kew The Music, children’s holiday activities, a whole range of walks, talks, art and sculpture exhibitions and the annual finale, Christmas At Kew.
Image above: Bridge over the lake at Kew Gardens, photograph Mando Mendolicchio
There are toilets available and takeaway outdoor food and drink facilities across the site. The shops, the Treetop walkway and all glasshouses, including the Temperate House, the Palm House, the Princess of Wales Conservatory, the Davies Alpine House and the Waterlily House are closed until further notice, as are the Galleries, the Pagoda, Queen Charlotte’s Cottage, Royal Palaces and Minka House.
Book tickets online to walk in the gardens
Image above: Kew Gardens, photograph Mando Mendolicchio
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