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  • Experience the life enhancing power of plants at the Kew Gardens Summer Festival
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  • Climb Kew's iconic Pagoda Don't miss out on a rare opportunity to climb the 253 steps for stunning panoramic views across London
  • Magnolia campbellii from the exhibitibion of paintings by Barbara Oozeerally
    Magnolias by Barbara Oozeerally A beautiful series of paintings exhibited in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art.

Come to Kew and explore the world’s most famous botanic garden. Just 30 minutes from central London, Kew Gardens boasts breathtaking landscapes, iconic glasshouses, historic buildings and rare and beautiful plants. 

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Top 10 attractions

This video takes a look at just 10 of the many wonderful things to see at Kew Gardens.


Hop on the land train

Kew Explorer land train

Take a tour around the Gardens from the comfort of the Kew Explorer land train. It’s a hop-on, hop-off service so you can alight at your favourite locations to explore on foot. You’ll learn more about our most famous and iconic plants and hear surprising stories about the Gardens' long and fascinating history.

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Eat and drink

Barbecue food at the Pavillion restaurant

Whether you’re looking for coffee-and-cake pit stops, child-friendly meals or something a little more sumptuous, we have a selection of restaurants and cafés run by award-winning restaurateurs Peyton & Byrne. Why not sample some delicious, freshly-prepared food made from seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients.

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23 July 2014

Plants, People and the Products of War: a Centenary Tribute

The First World War at Kew - An exhibition of artifacts showing Kew's involvement in the war.

Event date: 
2 July 2014 to 29 August 2014, 9am to 5pm
Event details: 
weekdays only (CLOSED Saturday and Sunday and 25 August)
Price: 

Free. Entry to the Gardens not included.

Venue: 

Library, Art & Archives Reading Room, accessible from Kew Green via the Herbarium Gate (the large gate to the right of Elizabeth Gate)

Barefoot Walk

Slip off your shoes and wander along the Barefoot Walk to experience the many different textures that nature has to offer.

Event date: 
24 May 2014 to 7 September 2014, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Event details: 
Throughout the festival
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Kew's arboretum

Make and create your own sketchbook

Pencil sketch of Nymphaea thermarum

On this new five-day course you will learn how to make your own sketchbook before filling it with sketches drawn in the grounds and glasshouses of Kew Gardens.

Event date: 
21 July 2014 to 25 July 2014, 10.30am to 5pm
Price: 

£250 (£220 concessions, Friends of Kew) 
Deposit payable on enrolment: £50
Maximum capacity 12 places

Introduction to the Gardens

A guide leads a tour through one of Kew's glasshouses

Get an insight into Kew’s history, plants, science and seasonal highlights. Every day of the year except 24 and 25 December.

Event date: 
1 January 2014 to 23 December 2014
Event details: 
Daily at 11am and 1.30pm - tours last one hour
Price: 

FREE with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Tours start and finish at the Guides Desk, Victoria Plaza

Botanical Art in the 21st Century

Paintings of roses by Regine Hagedorn

Featuring work from Italian artists never previously exhibited in the UK as well as paintings from 'Overleaf' by Susan Ogilvy, and 'Magnolias' by Barbara Oozeerally.

Event date: 
8 February 2014 to 11 August 2014
Price: 

FREE with admission to the Gardens

Venue: 

The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art

Magnolias - paintings by Barbara Oozeerally

Magnolia painting by Barbara Oozeerally

This extraordinary series of magnolia paintings by Barbara Oozeerally is on show at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art.

Event date: 
15 January 2014 to 4 August 2014
Price: 

FREE with admission to the Gardens.

Venue: 

Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art

Queen's Garden

Medicinal plants in the 17th century style Queen's Garden

Situated at the rear of Kew Palace, the Queen’s Garden is designed in the style of a 17th century medicinal garden.

Event date: 
24 May 2014 to 8 September 2014
Event details: 
Throughout the festival
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Behind Kew Palace

Rainforest Remedies

Enter the steamy Palm House and discover a world of medicinal plants that have been used by cultures around the world for centuries.

Event date: 
24 May 2014 to 8 September 2014
Event details: 
Throughout the festival
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Palm House

Healing Heroes

A summer meadow in mauve and yellow

Take part in our vote and choose which plant you think is the most medicinally important.

Event date: 
24 May 2014 to 8 September 2014
Event details: 
Throughout the festival
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

South end of the Broad Walk

Grass Garden

The grass garden in summer

Savour the relaxing sounds, textures and swaying movement of the 550 different species in the Grass Garden.

Event date: 
24 May 2014 to 8 September 2014
Event details: 
Throughout the festival
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Grass Garden

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