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Plan your visit to Kew Gardens

There is so much to see and do at Kew Gardens. Whether you are a first time visitor or a seasoned regular, on this page you can find out how to get the most out of your visit.

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Online adult price £15.50* / £14
Online child price (4–16) £2.50
Children under 4 free
​Online concessions £14.50* / £13
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Pollinating flowers on the Great Broad Walk Borders

Getting here

Our address is Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AE. Please use public transport as parking is limited.

By tube: Kew Gardens (500m to Victoria Gate)

By train: Kew Bridge (800m to Elizabeth Gate)

By bus: 65 stops at Victoria and Lion Gates, 391 stops nearby

By bike: racks are available at all gates






Alliums in the Palm House Parterre

Opening times

Open daily at 10am

Victoria Gate opens at 8am exclusively for Friends of Kew

Gardens close:
6.30pm (last entry 6pm) Monday to Thursday
9pm (last entry 8pm) Friday to Sunday and bank holidays

For full closing details (including attractions, restaurants and cafes)

For visitor notices, closures and Garden rules 







The Great Broad Walk Borders



Kew Gardens car park on Ferry Lane is near Brentford Gate (TW9 3AF)

  • Limited parking available in the car park 
  • Parking costs £7 per day
  • No charge for motorcycles and mopeds
  • Blue Badge holders park for free in disabled access parking spaces or other spaces if full
  • Car park closes 30 minutes after the Gardens close

Parking around Kew Gardens

  • Limited free parking (including for coaches) on Kew Road (A307) after 10am
  • Restrictions apply on most residential streets around Kew 
  • Three disabled access parking bays and drop-off area at Elizabeth Gate (TW9 3AB)
  • There is no coach park at Kew
  • Groups are advised to arrive at Victoria Gate (TW9 3JR) or Elizabeth Gate (TW9 3AB)

Entrance gates

Victoria Gate (TW9 3JR) closest to Kew Gardens station. Near to the Palm House, The Botanical restaurant, the galleries and the Broad Walk Borders. The Kew Explorer (our hop-on, hop-off land train) starts here. The Victoria Plaza, with café, shop and self-service lockers is next to Victoria Gate.

Elizabeth Gate (TW9 3AB) closest to Kew Bridge station. Near the Orangery restaurant and Kew Palace. Drop-off area and 3 disabled access parking spaces.

Brentford Gate (TW9 3AF) next to Kew's Ferry Lane car park. Near to White Peaks café and Climbers and Creepers. Disabled access spaces are available . 

Lion Gate (TW9 2DF) nearer Richmond Station. Near the Japanese Gateway and Pavilion restaurant (open in summer), a long walk from the busier attractions

A free map is provided at the gates which displays top attractions, facilities, toilets, baby changing and suitable routes for buggies. Download a copy of a map of the Gardens.

Eating and drinking

There are a variety of cafés and restaurants within Kew Gardens. All our cafés have level access and are self-service.

Victoria Plaza café

At Victoria Gate 
Open 10am–6.30pm (until 7.30pm Friday to Sunday and bank holidays)
For teas, coffees and a selection of cakes
Download Victoria Gate café menu (pdf)

Orangery restaurant

Near Elizabeth Gate
Open 10am–5.30pm (until 6.30pm Friday to Sunday and bank holidays) 
For hot meals, soups, salads, sandwiches and cakes
Download Orangery restaurant menu (pdf)

White Peaks café

Near Brentford Gate
Open 10am–5.30pm (until 6.30pm Friday to Sunday and bank holidays)
For teas, coffee, cakes, sandwiches and soup
Download White Peaks café menu (pdf)

Pavilion restaurant

Beyond the galleries towards the Pagoda
Open 10am–5.30pm (until 6.30pm Friday to Sunday and bank holidays)
For hot meals, soups, salads

The Botanical (table service restaurant)

In Museum No.1, overlooking the Palm House pond
Open for brunch 10am–11.45am
Open for lunch 12pm–2.30pm
Open for afternoon tea 2.30pm–4.30pm
Table service only, last booking is 4.30pm

Make an online reservation for The Botanical restaurant (via a 3rd party booking service) or call on 020 8332 5155.

The restaurants and cafés serve children’s portions and boxes and you can use the microwave to warm bottles.
Service is take-away 15 minutes before closing time (except The Botanical).
Picnics are allowed throughout the Gardens, except in the glasshouses and galleries.


All purchases from our shops help to support Kew's vital science-based conservation work around the world. There are two shops at Kew Gardens and both offer wheelchair access.

Victoria Plaza shop

At Victoria Gate
Open daily 10am–6.30pm (until 7.30pm Friday to Sunday and bank holidays)
Selling plants and gardening equipment, gifts, books and edible treats.

White Peaks children’s shop

At White Peaks café
Open daily 11am–6pm (until 7pm Friday to Sunday and bank holidays) 
Gifts, pocket-money toys, fluffy animals, gadgets and grow-your-own plant kits.

Galleries gift shop

At Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art
Open daily 10am–5.30pm
Inspired by Kew and our changing exhibitions, the Galleries gift shop specialises in a beautiful range of botanical gifts, including prints, books, jewellery and cards.

A selection of products and prints are also available to buy online.

Garden tours

Kew Explorer land train

Free daily walking tours

Informative walking tours are included in the price of your ticket you can find out more on our What's On pages.

Community and Access programme

We offer tours and walks for community groups and visitors with additional needs (such as limited mobility, learning disability or sensory loss) through our Community and Access programme

Group visits

Kew welcomes groups of all sizes and there are savings for groups of 15 or more. We can also provide guided walking tours, catering and other offers for groups.

Family visits

Kew offers a wide range of events, activities and attractions for families 

What to do

Eating and drinking

  • Our restaurants and cafés serve children’s portions and boxes
  • You can warm bottles in the microwave at White Peaks café
  • Picnics are allowed throughout the Gardens

Toilets and baby changing


  • Most buildings have ramped access
  • No buggies on the Treetop Walkway or in The Hive
  • Download map for suitable routes for buggies

Helpful hints

  • Collect fallen petals, leaves, seeds and small sticks, but leave anything that is growing or really big sticks
  • Be gentle and kind to our plants, flowers and trees
  • We don’t allow bicycles/tricycles, scooters, rollerskates, rollerblades, skateboards or heelies
  • Please don’t climb trees, walk in flower beds or play ball games
  • Wear comfortable shoes and let off steam!

Facilities and access

Getting around

Most of the buildings, and all the cafés and shops have level or ramped access.

  • The Gardens themselves are largely flat, with tarmac paths in most places
  • The Hive is fully accessible but the path may feel steep for manually-operated wheelchair users. No access for mobility scooters beyond the main pathway
  • There is a lift for visitors with limited mobility and wheelchair users at the Treetop Walkway
  • No wheelchair access to Sackler Crossing, Palm House basement, upper levels of Palm House and Princess of Wales Conservatory
  • One electronically-operated fixed-wheel wheelchair can fit at the rear of the Kew Explorer land train

Guide dogs

Guide dogs or registered disability assistance dogs are allowed within the Gardens. Other dogs are not allowed.

Accessible toilets

There are unisex accessible toilets within easy reach of all the main attractions, cafés and gates, please see map.

There is a specialised adult changing facility equipped with hoist and changing bench near Brentford Gate. You will need to bring your own sling and ask for the Radar key at the ticket desk at Brentford Gate. 

Mobility scooters and wheelchairs

  • There are a limited number of wheelchairs available to borrow at each gate. There’s no need to book, please ask when you arrive
  • There are 8 mobility scooters to borrow, these must be booked in advance. To book please call 020 8332 5121
  • You are welcome to bring your own mobility scooter if it is a pavement-use mobility scooter limited to 4mph
  • Do not use mobility scooters in the glasshouses, galleries, Kew Palace, the Xstrata Treetop Walkway, the restaurants, cafés, toilets or on the grass


Our Community and Access programme offers events, tours and activities for community groups and visitors with additional needs.