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Kew Gardens near Richmond is a lovely place to visit, but frankly, at £14.50 a ticket, quite an expensive one to visit for a casual wander around.
The big problem as I see it is the sheer size of the place – it is just too big for a relaxing visit if you only have one day to get around so you feel compelled to rush a bit to see everything and get your money’s worth.
Fortunately, the place is free to enter over the 12 days of Christmas – excepting, obviously Christmas Day and curiously, Christmas Eve, when it is closed.
If the weather is too cold, then the heated greenhouses can offer respite, although I am rather keener on seeing the view from the tall walkway with the leafless trees.
The free tickets deal is limited to 9,000 tickets per day – and can only be ordered online.
I expect that the Boxing Day and weekend tickets will be snapped up fast by those of us who aren’t taking the whole week off work.
I just hope it snows or is very foggy one day – then I will be rushing down there with my camera!
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