Address: Kew Gardens, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB
Phone Number: 020 8332 5655
Opening Hours: Current opening times.
Kew Royal Botanical Gardens are 300 acres of gardens alongside the river Thames West of London between Brentford and Richmond.
The world’s most famous botanical gardens has so much to see, there’s something for every taste. There are glasshouses including listed Victorian glasshouses, a palm house with a marine aquarium in the basement, an alpine house, a water-lily house, the Princess of Wales conservatory with a collection of carnivorous plants, a Bonsai house, the secluded (sensory) garden, the Grade I listed Orangery glasshouse, now the location of a restaurant and the Temperate house (the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse) which is currently undergoing a 5 year restoration process.
Follies and historic buildings to see include the famous Chinese Pagoda dating from 1762, Queen Charlotte’s 18th century cottage surrounded by a Conservation area, the Japanese gateway house (the best example of a traditional Japanese building in Europe), a number of temple follies, King William’s temple, an 18th century ice house and Kew palace a 400 year old building where mad King George stayed, in which visitors can view the Royal kitchens.
Museums and artwork galleries include the Shirley Sherwood gallery displaying botanical art gathered from all corners of the earth, Cambridge house, also known as the Kew gardens gallery, displays another collection of botanical art, museum number 1, also called the museum of Economic Botany and finally there’s the Marianne North Gallery displaying 833 of her landscape paintings from around the world, painted in the late 19th century.
Some of the garden areas include Japanese gardens, an Aquatic garden, a woodland glade with water-lilly pond, a bee garden, the Cherry tree walk, an arboretum with some trees over 250 years old, the walled Dukes garden, a rose garden, a riverside walk, a rock garden, the Mediterranean garden and a Bamboo garden.
There is also treetop walk, a 200M long elevated walkway, 18-metre above the floor, forming an oval through a woodland area, the Treehouse towers children’s play area, the Climbers and Creepers indoor interactive children’s play zone and there is a Land train ride that runs at intervals throughout the day with commentary for which there is an additional charge.
- Car parking (charge).
- Victoria Plaza shop has gardening items, food items, books and gifts.
- White Peaks shop sells toys, grow-your-own kits and gifts.
- Orangery restaurant (self-service) serves lunches, snacks, cakes and drinks.
- White Peaks café (family friendly) serving meals, snacks and beverages.
- Pavilion Restaurant serves hot and cold dishes, cakes and drinks.
- Victoria Plaza Café serving cake, snacks and drinks.
- Free WiFi hotspots.
Opening Times & Ticket Prices:
- Please visit the Kew Gardens website for opening times and prices.
Before you start your journey to Kew Gardens for your day out, we recommend that you check their website or contact them to confirm opening times and admission prices.