A couple and child standing in The Hive looking upwards

The Hive

The Hive is a unique, multi-sensory experience designed to highlight the extraordinary life of bees. A feat of British engineering, it stands 17 metres tall, set in a wildflower meadow.

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About The Hive

The Hive is an immersive sound and visual experience. The lights you see and the sounds you hear inside The Hive are triggered by bee activity in a real beehive at Kew.

The intensity of the sounds and light change constantly, echoing that of the real beehive. The multi award-winning Hive was inspired by scientific research into the health of honeybees. It is a visual symbol of the pollinators’ role in feeding the planet and the challenges facing bees today. 


The Hive at Kew Gardens

How was it made?

It is the design of UK based artist Wolfgang Buttress. Originally created for the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo.

It’s 17 metres tall, constructed from 170,000 aluminium parts, 1,000 LED lights and took four months to reconstruct here at Kew.




Things to know about visiting The Hive

  • Entry to The Hive is included in a day ticket to Kew
  • Since The Hive is an open-air attraction, we may need to close it for maintenance or visitor safety: check for visitor notices and closures
  • We are unable to accommodate mobility scooters due to the restricted width of the paths and interior space within The Hive
  • The path to The Hive is designed to be fully accessible but the gradient may feel steep to self-propelled wheelchair users
  • We encourage buggy users to store their buggies in the buggy park as turning space is limited
  • At busy times the paths may be crowded and you may wish to consider coming back at a quieter time
  • We may implement a queuing system if The Hive reaches its capacity