Google Street View adds Kew to its Special Collection
Google has added Kew's paths and iconic glasshouses to the Street View gallery, allowing people from across the world to view and explore Britain’s most famous botanic garden.
02 Mar 2011
Explore Kew's Palm House with Google Street View
Over 26 kilometres of paths and the interiors of many of Kew’s iconic glasshouses will be accessible to internet users at the click of a mouse, including the iconic Palm House and Temperate House. The Street View technology enables any internet user to navigate 360 degree ground-level imagery of Kew Gardens’ paths, gardens and glasshouses.
We want to showcase the very best that Britain has to offer and Kew Gardens was the natural choiceEd Parsons, Google Street View
As spring approaches, it is hoped that the imagery of Kew will inspire many more people to discover their passion for botanic gardens and come and visit the real thing. Through the new imagery, visitors to Kew will be able to check out the Gardens before arriving, plan their routes and arrange meeting points.
The new imagery is the latest move in a drive to share the UK’s culture and heritage online. Only last month Britain’s most famous artworks from the National Gallery and Tate museums were made accessible to art lovers around the world by Google’s Art Project.
Kew's Director, Professor Stephen Hopper, said "We were very pleased when Google approached us to put Kew Gardens on Street View. A virtual overview of one of the world's most famous gardens is bound to encourage people to visit us and experience Kew for themselves. Spring is one of the most beautiful times of year to enjoy the colour and scents of Kew. The sheer beauty of the plant collections are bound to inspire a delight in the natural world, especially after a long hard winter".
Ed Parsons, Google's Geospatial Technologist said “Google Street View is increasingly becoming the first place people turn to when planning a visit to one of Britain's many world-class attractions. We want to showcase the very best that Britain has to offer and Kew Gardens was the natural choice”.
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