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  • Experience the life enhancing power of plants at the Kew Gardens Summer Festival
    Botanical Benefits Feel the healing, stimulating and transformative effect of plants with a whole world of sensory experience
  • 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.

Explore the world’s most famous botanic garden, just 30 minutes from central London. You’ll encounter breathtaking landscapes and world-class attractions from iconic glasshouses full of rare and beautiful plants to historic buildings, botanical art galleries and the soaring treetop walkway.

The Gardens change with the seasons: visit now to experience spring with its breathtaking displays of colour. You’ll see over five million bulbs in bloom including crocuses, daffodils, and tulips.

Plan your visit


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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12 July 2014

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

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

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

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

Plant Power

Cacti and succulents in the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Discover the survival tactics used by plants, and find out how we take advantage of them to create medicines and improve our health.

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

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Princess of Wales Conservatory

Healing Giant

Located next to the Pagoda, this 20 metre by 18 metre raised planting bed in the shape of a human body will showcase fascinating medicinal plants.

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

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Next to The Pagoda

Mrs M's Cart of Curative Curiosities

Mrs M will be found roaming around the honey-pot area throughout the day with her amazing apothecary-style cart.

Event date: 
24 May 2014 to 8 September 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Around the Gardens

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

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