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What to see at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Our iconic glasshouses, historic buildings, formal gardens, arboretum, water features and art galleries provide a unique setting where you can explore scientifically important plant collections, botanical art exhibitions and the 250 year history of the Gardens in which they are housed.

Attractions at Kew A-Z

The Lake and Sackler Crossing at Kew


Kew's arboretum is a living library of over 14,000 trees, many of them specimens dating back to the 18th century when Kew's first director, Sir William Hooker, gave it shape. Woodland glades, species groves, conservation collections and grand, historic vistas change colour with the seasons.
The Davies Alpine House at Kew

Davies Alpine House

Opened in 2006, the Davies Alpine House is designed to provide the ideal, cool and dry conditions for alpine plants.
The Great Broad Walk Border at Kew

Great Broad Walk Borders

Opened in the summer of 2016 and stretching 320 metres along either side of the Broad Walk path at Kew Gardens, the Great Broad Walk Borders form the longest double herbaceous border in the country.

The Japanese Landscape at Kew

Japanese Landscape

A highly manicured landscape comprised of three garden areas and created to complement the Chokushi-Mon (Japanese Gateway).
Kew Palace

Kew Palace

The summer home of King George III, Kew Palace is the oldest building within the Gardens. Reopens 1 April 2017.
Kids at Kew - The Hive

Kids' Kew

See through the eyes of a bird, live like a badger, become mini-beasts and make friends with giants. From the tropics to the desert, travel the natural world in a day and discover the enormous wonders of nature.

Inside the Marianne North Gallery at Kew

Marianne North Gallery

Marianne North was a remarkable and talented Victorian artist with a great eye for botanical detail. In this recently-renovated gallery you can see 833 of her paintings hung in a geographical sequence which she set herself after travelling around the world.
The Pagoda at Kew Gardens


Visible for miles around, the Pagoda was completed in 1762. This ten-storey octagonal structure is almost 50m high and is one of Kew Gardens' landmark buildings. Currently undergoing restoration until 2018.
Encephalartos altensteii in the Palm House at Kew

Palm House

The Palm House is Kew's most recognisable building and one of the world's most notable Victorian glass and iron structures. The rainforest climate within it supports a unique collection of palms and other tropical species drawn from some of the most threatened environments on Earth.
Princess of Wales Conservatory

Princess of Wales Conservatory

The most complex of Kew's public glasshouses contains ten different environments covering a range of tropical conditions and climatic zones. The conservatory commemorates Princess Augusta, who founded the Gardens. It was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales, in July 1987.
Inside the Shirley Sherwood Gallery

Shirley Sherwood Gallery

Kew holds one of the world's greatest collections of botanical art, with more than 200,000 items dating back to the days before photography could be used for the study of plants. This gallery is the first to be dedicated to botanical art. Exhibitions include unique works from Kew's collection and from the contemporary collection of its founder, Dr Shirley Sherwood.
The Temperate House at Kew, closed for restoration

Temperate House

The world's largest surviving Victorian glasshouse is twice the size of the Palm House and was intended to house the tender woody plants from the world's temperate regions. It is currently closed for restoration and will reopen to the public next year.
The Hive at night

The Hive

Installed at Kew Gardens in 2016, the Hive is a unique, multi-sensory experience designed to highlight the extraordinary life of bees. The Hive is a feat of British engineering standing some 17m square and set in a wildflower meadow where you can explore and consider the complex relationship between plants and their pollinators.
Aerial view of the Treetop Walkway

Treetop Walkway

Explore the treetop canopy 18 metres above the woodland floor. Designed by Marks Barfield architects (who created the London Eye) this unique visitor attraction allows you to walk through the treetops and see views right across London.
Victoria amazonica, giant waterlily at Kew

Waterlily House

The Waterlily House is next to the Palm House and is the hottest and most humid environment at Kew. In summer the pond is home to the giant Amazonian waterlily, lotus and other exotic plants. This glasshouse is currently closed for the winter.