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Combine Kew Gardens by day and Christmas at Kew with discounted joint tickets for groups

Paul Chibeba
22 July 2013
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Groups visiting this Christmas will, for the first time, be able to combine hot glasshouses by day with an enchanting illuminated trail after dark.

Kew after dark

Kew Gardens will be opening after dark presenting an exciting new ticketed event: Christmas at Kew. Visitors will be able to stroll along an illuminated trail through our enchanting winter landscape as darkness falls in the late afternoon, enjoying a leisurely walk which should take around 1 ½ hours.


Christmas at Kew
Christmas at Kew Gardens

Discounted tickets for groups

Knowing how popular our hot glasshouses are in winter, we’re offering discounted joint tickets exclusively for groups that combine a daytime visit with Christmas at Kew so that you can experience the best of both worlds – exotic rainforests by day and enchanting landscapes after dark.

Arrive as late as 1.30pm and depart by 6.30pm for a great Christmas group outing (although we encourage you to arrive as early as 9.30am and to stay until 10pm if you wish).

Contact us

The joint ticket, giving a discount of 25% compared to buying each ticket separately, can be pre-booked through Kew Gardens’ group bookings office. Contact Imogen or Paul to discuss your visit and for more information and a booking form.

Tel. 0208 332 5648

Suggested Christmas at Kew itinerary for groups

To help plan your visit, we've put together a suggested itinerary:

 1.30pm – Arrive at our Victoria Gate entrance on Kew Road. You can arrive at Kew Gardens anytime from 9.30am onwards. We recommend arriving no later than 1.30pm for enough time to enjoy all of the glasshouses.

Spend your first hour in our glasshouses: temperatures can reach up to 27°C. Start with the Palm House which replicates an exotic rainforest before heading to the Princess of Wales Conservatory with its ten climatic zones. Walk back to Victoria Plaza by 2.50pm to board the Kew Explorer.

 3pm – Ride the Kew Explorer land train for a guided tour of Kew Gardens. There’s a live commentary pointing out highlights and sharing fun facts and history. You’ll arrive back at Victoria Plaza around 3.40pm. Group tickets for the Kew Explorer tour cost just £1.50 when pre-booked with your joint entry tickets.

Fans of botanical art may wish to visit our art galleries instead of taking the Kew Explorer tour. Wander along to the Marianne North Gallery to see fascinating paintings by this extraordinary Victorian lady traveller. Next door, the Shirley Sherwood Gallery is the first public gallery in the world dedicated to showing botanical art. The art galleries close at 3.45pm, so head back towards Victoria Plaza at that time.

 4pm – Enjoy the Christmas Village at Victoria Plaza. As darkness falls, our Christmas tree and traditional decorations will create a lively atmosphere. Victoria Plaza Cafe will be open selling plenty of treats including homemade soup, delicious pies and hot drinks. A selection of Christmas market stalls and Kew Gardens’ shop will offer a range of exclusive gift ideas.

 4.45pm – By booking joint tickets to Kew Gardens by day and Christmas at Kew after dark, you guarantee that your entire group can commence their walk through Kew-after-hours at 4.45pm. You’ll be walking a one mile trail which is wheelchair accessible and largely flat. The magical views are definitely worth the walk with dancing lakeside reflections and a mesmerising garden of fire bringing some of Kew’s iconic landmarks to life. There will be seating and a rest point with refreshments half way along the trail.

 6.30pm – Gather at Victoria Plaza for a coach pick-up at 6.30 / 6.45pm.


So there, in five hours, is the perfect festive excursion! We think we’ve crammed a little too much in already, and that doesn’t even include the Alpine House House or treetop walkway. 

Group Christmas lunch

Or, for a truly special Christmas visit, book your group Christmas lunch in the Orangery Restaurant. A two-course lunch can be booked from £15.50 and includes Norfolk Bronze roasted turkey with spiced cranberries, bacon and smoked walnut stuffing, crispy potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Private dining or reserved tables can be arranged. Contact Barbara Wutte at Peyton and Byrne to discuss lunch options to make your visit special, tel. 020 7412 5522. 

Joint tickets for groups are available on these dates:

Thursday 28 November to Sunday 1 December
Thursday 5 December to Sunday 8 December
Thursday 12 December to Sunday 15 December
Thursday 19 December to Monday 23 December
Thursday 26 December to Saturday 4 January 

Joint ticket prices and discount for groups

  Regular price Group rate
Adults £27 £19.75 (save £7.25)
Concessions £25 £18.75 (save 6.25)
Children £8 £8


 - Paul -

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