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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
  • Intoxication Season: 20 September 12 October. Cannabis, coffee, opium poppy and magic mushrooms
    Mind-altering plants arrive at Kew Save 10% when you book online to visit our Intoxicating autumn festival
  • 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
  • Children enjoying the outdoor play area at Kew Gardens
    Kids' Kew With indoor and outdoor play areas and fascinating facts around every corner, children love Kew too

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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Cones of Lawson's cypress
This is Britain's most popular garden conifer, with hundreds of cultivars grown in domestic gardens and parks across the country.
Woman walking along a log at the log trail
Come and test your balance in Kew's natural play area, located among the trees in the conservation area.
Leaves of the Lucombe oak
In 1846 - when it was a large, 73 year old tree - Kew's Lucombe oak was moved 20 m south to make way for the creation of Syon Vista, one of the avenues radiating out from the Palm House.
Leaves of the maidenhair tree
The maidenhair tree has been around since the days of the dinosaurs, and trees growing 1-2 km from the 1945 atom bomb blast at Hiroshima were among the few living things to survive.
Marianne North Gallery after restoration
Born in 1830, Marianne North devoted her life to travelling the world and painting plants. The walls of this recently-restored gallery are lined with hundreds of her paintings.
Photo of turtle in the marine aqarium
The Marine Aquarium is housed in the basement of the Palm House, recreating four major marine habitats and emphasising the importance of marine plants.
The Japanese Minka house stands in the Bamboo Garden between the Lake and River Thames.
When introduced in 1795, the tree was known as Joseph Banks’s pine
Archibald Menzies, a botanist and naval surgeon, brought the first five monkey puzzle saplings to the UK in 1795.
Exterior of Museum No 1
King George IV proposed a museum be built at Kew around 1820, but it took the efforts of Director Sir William Jackson Hooker to realise this ambition.
Peeling bark of the Nootka cypress
The Nootka cypress is most famous for being one of the parents of the popular Leylandii hybrid.

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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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