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.

Get closer to trees

The Treetop Walkway is 200 metres long and towers 18 metres above the ground, enabling visitors a rare insight into the complex ecosystem of the forest canopy, a world teeming with birds and insects, lichens and fungi. 

Made from over 400 tonnes of weathered steel, the rusted steel columns blend in with the natural environment. 

At ground level sculptures carved from tree trunks illustrate microscopic elements of trees to explain how trees grow. A path leads visitors below ground to the Rhizotron, an underground lab constructed to study the soil. 

Notes about accessibility

  • Last entry is 45 minutes before the Gardens close
  • 118 steps up to the walkway
  • Lift available for disabled and mobility-impaired visitors (please check lift status on day of visit)
  • We may need to close the walkway in bad weather or for maintenance: check for visitor notices and closures 
  • Leave buggies at ground level
  • Designed to flex slightly in the wind so it does not break in high winds
  • In an emergency use the intercom at the lifts or call 020 8332 5121
  • Children must be supervised at all times

About the design

The walkway’s structure is inspired by the Fibonacci numerical sequence, frequently found in nature's growth patterns.

Aerial view of the Treetop Walkway

Tree canopy

Walk through the branches of sweet chestnut, Castanea sativa, beech, Fagus sylvatica, horse chestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum and different oak species, Quercus.

Up in the tree canopy on the Treetop Walkway at Kew

Spring views

Spring is arguably the best time to experience the view from the Treetop Walkway. The Gardens are starting to fill with colour while the leaves of many of the trees have not yet appeared to hide the view

Looking up at the Treetop Walkway at Kew