Your questions answered
Find out all you need to know about membership.
The Princess of Wales Conservatory, opened in 1987 is Kew's most complex glasshouse, with ten different computer controlled environments in one building.
How to contact us
You can call us on 0208 332 3200. Our office opening hours are 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday.
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our postal address
Supporter Relations, Kew Foundation, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 47 Kew Green, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB.
In the Gardens
You can join, renew or buy gift membership at any of the Gates at Kew Gardens or Wakehurst, and pay by cash, credit/debit card, cheque or Direct Debit.
You can also enquire at the Information Desk at Victoria Plaza about membership and how to join.
How do I join?
- Online: Choose to pay by Direct Debit to enjoy a £10 discount on your membership or sign up by credit/debit card. Join online now
- By phone: Call us on 0208 332 3200 to join by credit/debit card.
- In person: At any of the Gates. Your receipt will act as a temporary membership card, allowing entry until your new membership pack arrives.
- By post: If you would like to buy a gift membership, you can print off a form and post it to us, enclosing payment. Find out about our membership.
Please allow up to 28 days for your membership card and pack to arrive.
I’d like to change my membership
Please call us on 0208 332 3200, to upgrade your membership. You can change from having an Individual to a Joint membership. Additional costs will apply.
Do you have a family membership?
As children under 17 (accompanied by an adult) have free entry to Kew and Wakehurst Place, either an Individual or Joint membership will allow adults and children year-round entry.
Who can use joint membership?
Our joint memberships are for any two adults from the same family living at the same address. Each Friend receives their own card. Joint Friends receive one copy of Kew magazine. Please remember that cards are for use by the named individual only and are not transferable.
Buying membership as a gift
You can buy a membership as a gift and choose to have the new member's pack sent either directly to the gift recipient or to you. Pick up a leaflet in the Gardens, or download a form (pdf). You can also phone us on 0208 332 3200 and pay by credit/debit card.
I’ve lost my membership card
Call us on 0208 332 3200 and we can arrange for a replacement to be sent out to you. Unfortunately you will not be able to visit the Gardens without a membership card. Please also see our Terms & Conditions of membership.
Why must my guests be family members?
HMRC regulations mean that it is only the visits of family members of Friends that enjoy free entry to the Gardens.
How do you define family member?
A family member is defined by HMRC as your spouse, civil partner, partner who you live with, sibling, lineal descendant or ancestor.
How do I bring in a family member to the Gardens?
When visiting with a family member, just show your valid membership card at the entrance gate and you will gain free entry for yourself and your family guest to the Gardens. Free entry is limited to one adult family guest per member on each visit (children under 17 have free entry to the Gardens).
How do I make a donation to Kew?
You can donate online here or phone us on 0208 332 3200 and donate by credit/debit card. If you would prefer to post a donation, please send it to: Kew Foundation, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 47 Kew Green, Richmond, TW9 3AB. Please make cheques payable to “Kew Foundation” and remember to include your name and address. Find out about our areas of work.
Can I come into the Gardens without my membership card?
You’ll need to bring your valid membership card each time you wish to visit the Gardens. If you don’t have your card with you, unfortunately you will have to pay the entry price, which cannot be refunded.
Keep up to date with events and news from Kew
How you are helping
09 Nov 2012
This year, Kew is taking part in the 'Big Give Christmas Challenge', a campaign to encourage philanthropic giving by matching a donors’ gift. Effectively your donation to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership could be doubled! We need to raise £50,000 for next year’s seed collecting trips, as well as expanding our work on using existing collections. Please note: This campaign ran from 6 to 19 December 2012 and has now finished.
21 Aug 2012
A recent donation from a Kew supporter will give more of our visitors the chance to explore our beautiful Gardens.
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership ‘top banana’ as it celebrates banking 10% of the world’s wild plant species.
15 Oct 2009
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is celebrating collecting, banking and conserving 10% of the world’s wild plant species by banking its 24,200th plant species.
27 Jul 2012
A group of Kew Patrons enjoyed a revealing tour of Kew's most iconic glasshouse. Palm House Manager Wesley Shaw spoke about the history of the building, the plants in the collection and the day-to-day work of maintaining this unique part of the Gardens.