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School visits to Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens provide a perfect setting for an outdoor classroom. The historic buildings, exceptional plant collections, glorious grounds and vital scientific research provide a context for all stages and types of learning.

Book a school visit to Kew Gardens where our inspirational landscapes and cutting-edge scientific research will encourage scientific inquiry and inspire curiosity and fascination about the world, plants and its people - for today and the future. 

Two types of visit are available:

  • Assisted visit (with education sessions led by a Kew teacher)
  • Self-led visit

Assisted visit (with education sessions)

Inspire and engage learners with our hands-on programmes – it's the best way to get the most from your visit. All our education sessions meet curriculum targets across a range of subjects including science, geography, art, maths, English and more. We can cater for different ages, abilities and learning needs.

Led by one of our skilled and knowledgeable teachers, the session includes:

  • hands-on, curriculum-linked activities led by a Kew teacher
  • small group sizes (15 per group)
  • entry for students and education staff (within the adult:pupil ratios) for the day
  • a meet-and-greet at Victoria Gate
  • free entry for two teachers to plan their school visit

Browse Kew programmes

Prices and visit information

Book a school visit to Kew


Self-led visit

Our basic visit package includes:

  • entry for students and education staff (within the adult:pupil ratios) for the day
  • a meet-and-greet at Victoria Gate
  • free entry for two teachers to plan their school visit

Prices and visit information

Book a school visit to Kew


Teacher reviews

“The teacher we had was very engaging and did an excellent job, not only teaching new information, but opening up dialogue to see what our students already knew. A lot of dialogue took place and the children felt involved in their learning. It is so wonderful to utilise this beautiful collection of plant life with such knowledgeable and inspiring teachers. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. This was one of our best visits, as we come each year!”   Year 6

“A fantastic learning opportunity for the children and differentiated with visual aids too! This meant that most children could access it, especially considering the range of abilities and needs in our class. Brilliant explanations and more able children extended through vocabulary. Just brilliant over all!”   Year 3

“The schools staff greeted us enthusiastically and immediately engaged the attention of the boys. You stretched our students in their learning and gave the most able opportunity to shine. Overwhelmingly, the boys sensed they were welcome at Kew. The teacher helped them feel they weren’t unworthy of experiencing the natural beauty or academic excellence”   Year 11

“The session was delivered in a clear way, which was engaging for all the students, especially as they had different levels of English.  The use of visuals and props was excellent, as it helped to clarify what was being said in the lesson.  We found everything outstanding. Our teacher was an excellent teacher, as they really engaged all the students and took their EAL needs into consideration.”   Year 10 - 11

“The involvement of children and use of visual resources to reinforce verbal information being given worked well. We were really impressed with content and pace of the session, all the students were engaged and the session catered for the wide range of needs of the students involved.”   Year 7


Courses for teachers

We also offer CPD and training for teachers at both our Kew and Wakehurst sites.