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About the Kew Gardens

Huge enclosed garden laid out in Victorian times and is now half research centre and half visitor attraction.

Notable for the large Victorian era iron and glass greenhouses, the largest in London.

Also, there are a number of other attractions, including the tree height walkway, a pagoda, numerous themed gardens and the riverside walk.

Expect to spend at least half a day inside to get value for the entry price.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

Kew Gardens,
Royal Botanic Gardens,
Kew,
Surrey,
TW9 3AE

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Exhibitions open at the moment

Japan at Kew Gardens
Come to Kew Gardens this autumn to explore the fascinating plants, art and culture of Japan.
Japan at Kew Gardens
10am to 4pm
Richmond
Closing soon Sun, 31st October
2021-10-02
2021-10-31

 

Exhibitions opening soon

Christmas at Kew
The annual after-dark festivities with family and friends, as you discover sparkling tunnels of light, dancing waterside reflections, and trees drenched in jewel-like colour on your way to the panoramic Palm House light display.
Open from Wed 17th November to Sun 9th January 2022
Christmas at Kew
2021-11-17
2022-01-09
 

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Fequently asked questions

What's the nearest railway station to Kew Gardens

The nearest station is Kew Gardens which is 0.3 miles away.


Kew Gardens - Latest News

Winter lights displays for 2021
Winter lights displays for 2021

Away from the high streets with their Christmas lights, there are the large parks that fill their gardens and trees with winter lighting displays.

That’s Dandy! Two Beano exhibitions coming to London
That’s Dandy! Two Beano exhibitions coming to London

To mark the 70th anniversary of Dennis the Menace’s first appearance in The Beano, two exhibitions are opening in London to mark the event.

Tickets Alert: Winter lights at Kew go back on sale
Tickets Alert: Winter lights at Kew go back on sale

Kew Garden’s winter nighttime decorations are reopening again, with a sparkling trail of over one million twinkling lights, illuminating heritage trees and buildings.

Cheaper entry to Kew Gardens over Christmas
Cheaper entry to Kew Gardens over Christmas

A side-effect of the lockdown is that Kew Gardens is cheaper to visit at the moment.

Tickets Alert: Cycle around Kew Gardens
Tickets Alert: Cycle around Kew Gardens

Bicycles are not normally allowed inside Kew Gardens, but for one evening next month, two wheels can replace two feet for visitors.

Tickets Alert: Christmas at Kew Gardens
Tickets Alert: Christmas at Kew Gardens

It’s the week of an expected heatwave, so what better time to be thinking about Christmas?

Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Palace gardens reopening
Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Palace gardens reopening

Two large ornamental gardens are reopening now that the lockdown is relaxing, at Kew and Hampton Court.

Tickets Alert: Chihuly Nights at Kew Gardens
Tickets Alert: Chihuly Nights at Kew Gardens

This August, Kew Gardens will be holding a series of late-night openings, with the glass works of Dale Chihuly lit up for the evening.

Tickets Alert: One evening only bicycles allowed into Kew Gardens
Tickets Alert: One evening only bicycles allowed into Kew Gardens

For one evening this week, it will be possible to cycle around the massive Kew Gardens as part of a special evening event.

Tickets Alert: Kew Garden’s Great Pagoda reopens
Tickets Alert: Kew Garden’s Great Pagoda reopens

Reopened last year following restoration, but closed again for winter, Kew Garden’s Great Pagoda reopens in April.

Kew Garden’s remarkable concrete bridge
Kew Garden’s remarkable concrete bridge

It doesn’t look like much, but the train station at Kew Gardens has a remarkable survivor of early reinforced concrete — and most people have no idea that the shabby looking footbridge is it.

The dragons have returned to Kew’s Great Pagoda
The dragons have returned to Kew’s Great Pagoda

Famous for its long since removed dragons, the Great Pagoda in Kew has rarely been open to the public. Until now. And the dragons are back.

Just two days to see Kew Garden’s “rotting corpse” flower in bloom
Just two days to see Kew Garden’s “rotting corpse” flower in bloom

Titan Arum, a flowering plant that is famous for giving off the smell of a rotting corpse when in flower…. is in flower right now at Kew Gardens.

Kew Gardens private underground railway
Kew Gardens private underground railway

As people wander around the ornate lawns of Kew Gardens, few are aware that just under their feet is the remains of a large private railway tunnel.

Scaffold tours of the Kew Pagoda
Scaffold tours of the Kew Pagoda

Kew Garden’s Pagoda is currently undergoing a long overdue restoration, and there’s a chance to climb up the scaffolding and get a close up view of the historic building.

London’s 50-meter high Great Pagoda to reopen to the public
London’s 50-meter high Great Pagoda to reopen to the public

It was one of the jewels in the crown of Georgian London: a building so unusual that a suspicious public were unconvinced it would remain standing when it was built in 1762.

Last few weeks to visit the world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse
Last few weeks to visit the world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse

A bit of an advisory that there are just a few weeks left to have a look around the world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse before it closes for a five-year restoration project.

Treetops and cottages inside Kew Gardens
Treetops and cottages inside Kew Gardens

Over the past couple of weeks, the walled expanse within Kew Gardens has been free to visit, and they “sold” all 9,000 free tickets that were available almost as soon as they were released.

Free entry to Kew Gardens over Christmas
Free entry to Kew Gardens over Christmas

The place is free to enter over the 12 days of Christmas – excepting, obviously Christmas and Boxing Days, when it is closed.

Kew Gardens – The Glasshouses
Kew Gardens – The Glasshouses

Probably one of the more famous features of Kew Gardens is the huge glasshouses that protect plants more used to a climate somewhat warmer than can be offered by the UK’s Met Office.

Kew Gardens – Going Asian
Kew Gardens – Going Asian

Within Kew Gardens is one very famous outpost of China, and a couple of smaller, but more intimate outposts from Japan. Although visible from quite a few places around the enclosed gardens, it wasn’t the famous pagoda that I visited

Kew Gardens – the Treetop Walkway
Kew Gardens – the Treetop Walkway

Do you ever find that there are major attractions that you have never visited? Not because you probably won’t enjoy them, but because, well, they are always there – so in a hectic life you can always visit them next

 

Recent exhibitions

A botanical wonderland awaits, with brightly coloured laser beams dancing over water, a Tunnel of Lights, scented Fire Garden and fairy-tale avenues of flora.
2016-11-23
2017-01-02
Visit an enchanting world filled with seasonal cheer under tree canopies drenched in Christmas colour. The 2017 winter trail boasts over one million twinkling lights.
2017-11-22
2018-01-01
A celebration of Thailand's vibrant plant life and culture at Kew's Orchids Festival.
2018-02-10
2018-03-11
This Christmas, Kew Gardens will once again transform into a magical after dark explosion of festive colour
2018-11-22
2019-01-05
Chihuly at Kew: Reflections on nature
The world's most celebrated contemporary glass artist is back, showcasing his work against the stunning backdrop of Kew Gardens.
2019-04-19
2019-10-27
Christmas at Kew 2019
This winter, more twinkling and fantastical than ever before, Christmas at Kew returns.
2019-11-20
2020-01-05

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