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  • Experience the life enhancing power of plants at the Kew Gardens Summer Festival
    Summer festival fun Feel nature between your toes on the Barefoot Walk, play Plant Croquet, refresh in the Gin & Tonics Garden
  • Climb Kew's iconic Pagoda Don't miss out on a rare opportunity to climb the 253 steps for stunning panoramic views across London
  • Children playing in Climbers and Creepers
    Children's Kew Explore our activities and attractions for children.
  • Intoxication Season: 20 September 12 October. Cannabis, coffee, opium poppy and magic mushrooms
    Intoxication Season A series of fascinating talks, activities, tours and workshops featuring well-known and notorious mind-altering plants

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. 

Plan your visit


Don't miss our top ten attractions during your visit to Kew.

This video takes a look at just ten 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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3 September 2014

Face painting

Kew Gardens IncrEdibles - Family Fun - Face Painting

Face painting in Climbers and Creepers

Event date: 
26 July 2014 to 7 September 2014, 10.30am to 5pm
Event details: 
26 July to 7 September, 10.30am to 5pm
Price: 

£4 for one face and £7 for two faces.

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

Inspiring Kew

Coffea arabica from the Kew Collection

This exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art will reveal how - from the creation of the original ‘physic’ garden in 1759 to its position today as a UNESCO World Heritage site and world-class research establishment - Kew has been a source of inspiration.

Event date: 
30 August 2014 to 1 February 2015, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Event details: 
The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Drawing the buildings of Kew

Line drawing of the Palm House, from the 1800s

On this five-day course you will get to know Kew's iconic buildings by drawing them and experimenting with artistic techniques.

Event date: 
1 September 2014 to 5 September 2014, 10.30am to 5pm
Price: 

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

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

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

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Become a Member

Enjoy unlimited access to the Gardens for £72 per year.

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What's on for kids

There's lots of fun activities for children this summer, from croquet to hands-on workshops.

Croquet on the Palm House lawn. Photo by Paul Little

More from Kew

Book of the month

Plants: from roots to riches - a companion to the series.

Plants: From Roots to Riches, a landmark Radio 4 series

Framed prints

Enjoy a framed picture in your own home with a botanical print.

Rachel Pedder-Smith's Herbarium Specimen painting

Shop online

Tea towel and bag with designs by Holly Francesca.

Tea towel and bag with designs by Holly Francesca

Unlimited entry

To the Gardens for you and a family member. £72 per year.

Summer dedding display by the Broadwalk