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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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Chinese walnut at Kew Gardens
This tree can take a few years to get established but it has a trick up its sleeve to help: its leaves produce a natural herbicide that washes off into the soil around it, and prevents other trees growing nearby.
Children playing inside Climbers and Creepers
Climbers and Creepers is Britain's first interactive botanical play zone.
Black leaf buds of the common ash
As one of Europe's largest native trees, the ash is steeped in mythology and superstition. It was believed that passing a sick child through a large split in the tree's trunk would cure it, and burning logs of ash were thought to drive evil spirits away.
Autumnal leaves of the common beech
Huge beech forests growing in the Chilterns led to a thriving furniture industry there. In 1887, a group of sporty furniture makers founded Wycombe Wanderers Football Club. To this day, the team's nickname is The Chairboys.
Berries of the common hawthorn
In medieval times it was bad luck to take sprigs of hawthorn blossom indoors as it foretold a death in the household. We now know that chemicals in the scent of the hawthorn are present in decaying corpses, perhaps the reason for this myth.
The original maze at Hampton Court was probably formed of hornbeam hedges before being replaced with yew and holly. Hornbeam does make a good hedge, as it is easy to maintain, with dense foliage, some of which is retained over winter, albeit dead.
Berries of common juniper
Juniper berries are famously used to flavour gin. In fact, the word 'gin' comes from the French word for both the drink and the berry itself - genièvre.
Common laburnum
One of Britain's most popular flowering trees, the common laburnum is also among the most poisonous. Just 15 - 20 of the pea-like seeds could be a lethal dose. Luckily the most popular hybrids rarely produce viable seed.
Gardeners at Kew on the compost heap
Kew's compost heap is one of the biggest non-commercial heaps in Europe.
Pond in Kew's conservation area
In 1898, Queen Victoria gave Queen Charlotte's Cottage to Kew on the proviso that its grounds should be left in a wild, natural state.

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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.

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