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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. Please note: the Davies Alpine House is closed for essential repairs until 29 June.

Great Broad Walk Borders

The Great Broad Walk Borders form the longest double herbaceous border in the country. They stretch for 320 metres along either side of the Broad Walk path at Kew Gardens.

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 and Royal Kitchens

The summer home of King George III, Kew Palace is the oldest building within the Gardens.

Kids at Kew - The Hive

Kids' Kew

See through the eyes of a bird, live like a badger, 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.

Kew's Kitchen Garden

Kitchen Garden

Kew's Kitchen Garden was voted 'most inspirational vegetable garden 2016' by the Great British Growing Awards. It was created for the BBC series 'Kew on a Plate' featuring Raymond Blanc and Kate Humble on a site formerly used to grow produce for George III.
The Lake and Sackler Crossing

Lake and Sackler Crossing

Kew’s main lake, in the Arboretum
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 extraordinary gallery, you can see 833 of her paintings displayed in geographical order, which she hung herself after travelling around the world.
Mediterranean Garden

Mediterranean Garden and King William's Temple

A garden highlighting the diversity of life found in the Mediterranean habitat and the conservation efforts needed to ensure its survival.

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.
The Palm House and Parterre

Palm House Parterre and Pond

An intricate pattern of formal beds, the planting of which tends to reflect botanical thinking of the time.
Plant Family Beds

Plant Family Beds

This area of the Gardens shows how plants relate to each other, with 102 separate beds displaying 93 plant families. Planting shows the typical characteristics of each family, as well as highlighting the diversity that can exist within related plant groups.
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.
Queen Charlotte's Cottage at Kew Gardens

Queen Charlotte's Cottage

This 18th century thatched cottage was a private haven for Queen Charlotte. The cottage grounds boast one of London's finest bluebell woods, part of which is over 300 years old.

Queen's Garden

Queen's Garden

The garden features plants grown in Britain before and during the 17th century. It is also home to some of the oldest sculpture in the Gardens.
Rhododendron Dell

Rhododendron Dell

Sir Joseph Hooker brought back many new specimens of rhododendron from his travels to the Himalayas in the mid 19th century. Now hundreds of specimens flower in the dell, and are at their prime during April and May.
The Rock Garden at Kew

Rock Garden

A wide range of moisture-loving species, with mountain plants from six major regions.
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.