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Attractions at Kew Gardens

  • The Palm House at Kew Gardens
    Iconic Kew There is so much to see at Kew, take a look through some of our top attractions
  • The ordered gardens and rose archway at Kew Gardens burst into colour in summer
    Formal gardens Bask in the colour of Kew's beautiful and varied formal gardens
  • Shirley Shirwood gallery, interiror, Kew Gardens
    Art and exhibitions Kew boasts several museums, galleries and historic buildings which host exhibitions throughout the year
  • An aerial view of the gardens and Temperate House, from the treetop walkway at Kew
    Treetop Walkway Walk amongst the treetops and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Gardens from the Treetop Walkway
  • Deadly and Disgusting Plants festival illustration
    Family fun this autumn Discover the deadliest, most disgusting plants at Kew Gardens
  • Christmas at Kew 2014 - illuminated night time trail
    As twilight falls the magic begins Come on a magical glittering journey through the Gardens this Christmas

There are over 100 world-class attractions to see and experience at Kew Gardens. From iconic buildings and glasshouses, to inspirational gardens and landscapes. Discover 250 years of history at the world's most famous Gardens. Search your favourites or discover some gems in the list below:


Attractions at Kew A-Z

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Branches of black mulberry
Black mulberry was historically planted in prison yards and the nursery rhyme 'Here we go round the mulberry bush' is thought to describe the daily exercise undertaken by inmates.
Black pine bark
This must be Kew's unluckiest tree. It has been struck by lightning twice and now has a lightning conductor, just in case. In the early 1900s a light aircraft crashed into the top of it, taking out the crown.
A fast-growing tree that is commonly used for windbreaks and screening, black poplar wood has also been used for making clogs and wagons.
Black walnut (<em>Juglans nigra</em>)
The strong, heavy heartwood of black walnut was historically used to make parts for guns. During the American Civil War, 'to shoulder walnut' came to mean enlisting as a soldier.
Bonsai trees inside the Bonsai House
Kew's Bonsai House displays up to ten miniature trees from Kew's collection, some of which are over 150 years old.
The drooping foliage of Brewer's spruce (Picea breweriana)
Considered one of the most attractive conifers in the world, Brewer's spruce is also one of the rarest. Although it is widely planted in British gardens, in the wild it is found only in the Siskiyou Mountains of California and Oregon in the USA.
Cones of California incense-cedar
In North America, California incense-cedar is grown to make pencils. Its timber is soft, helping to make pencils easy to sharpen without splinters.
Exterior of Cambridge Cottage
Cambridge Cottage was added to the Gardens in 1904. The building now houses the Kew Gardens Gallery.
Pink flowers of Campbell's magnolia
Widely thought of as a fine magnolia, this tree has spectacular flowers that can be as large as 20 cm across.
Carnivorous plants inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory
The bulk of Kew's carnivorous plant collection is held behind-the-scenes. However, an interesting group can be viewed by the public in a dedicated zone inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory.

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Kids' Kew: A Children's Guide

Featuring exciting things to see and do at all times of the year. Illustrated in full colour the guide contains a wealth of activities, facts and jokes, as well as a set of 40 stickers to add excitement to identifying some of the most interesting plants.

Image of front cover of Kids Kew magazine