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Walking tours

Take a closer look at the wonders of Kew Gardens by joining a guided walking tour. Led by our knowledgeable volunteer guides, a fun and informative way to explore the grounds.
Guided Walking Tours
Guided tours of Kew Gardens

Free daily walking tours

Introduction to the Gardens

Tours leave at 11am and 1.30pm. Each guide presents their own tour, taking in the highlights of the season, exploring the exotic plants in the glasshouses and explaining the history and work of Kew. On this tour Kew Guides will introduce you to the history and role of Kew, the scientific work that goes on behind the scenes, seasonal highlights, and at least one great glasshouse.

Themed tours

Tours leave at 12pm (with an additional tour at 2pm until 30 October 2016). Our guides offer a variety of fascinating seasonal themes including Autumn Colour, Winter Evergreens and Spring Buds. 

These tours last approximately one hour and are for individual/casual visitors to the Gardens. There is a limit of 15 people per tour and places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register with the guide 15 minutes before the tour departs.

What's on at Kew


Plant of the Month tours

Every Tuesday throughout the year at 11.30am and 2.30pm we'll be holding a Plant of the Month tour. The tour will feature a different plant each month and you'll find out interesting facts about the featured plant, including why it's grown at Kew and how it's cared for. You'll see artefacts from our collections relating to the plant, as well as seeing science in action in our Jodrell Laboratory. You'll even get the opportunity to go behind the scenes and talk to Kew staff about their work.

Find out more about the Plant of the Month tours


Group walking tours

If you are a group of adults you may wish to pre-book a guided walking tour, taking in the highlights of the season and exploring the history, glasshouses and work of Kew. Choose from a general tour which takes in the highlights of the season or a themed tour on a specialist topic. 

Pre-booked group tours normally start from the Guides Desk at Victoria Plaza, however other meeting points can be arranged if required. Tours are given in English although we can offer general tours in French, Gujarati, Hindi, Italian, Japanese and British Sign Language (at a basic level) depending on availability.

Price
The cost is £60 per guide (this does not include your entry to the Gardens). Each guide can take up to 15 people. Groups of more than 15 must book more than one guide. Smaller groups are also accepted but the cost remains £60.

Tours take approximately one hour and may be booked from 10am every day throughout the year except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (24 and 25 December) when the Gardens are closed. Please note that no refunds can be given once booked.

Booking
Please complete the Guided walking tour booking form 2016 by the tenth day of the month prior to your visit. For example, return the form by 10 June for a July visit. Tours booked after this time depend upon guide availability. If uncertain of the final numbers in your party, you may provide an estimate.

Email your form to tours@kew.org or post to:

Guided Tours
Museum No. 1
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Richmond
Surrey TW9 3AB

You will be sent a formal confirmation with the name(s) of the guide(s) towards the end of the month prior to your tour. You will need to bring this with you to present to the guide(s).

Late arrival and cancellation
Important: guides are requested to wait up to 30 minutes for their groups, although they are not obliged to do so. If your group is running late, please call the Kew Information Desk on 020 8332 5697 and ask them to inform the guide(s). If your group arrives late and the guide has gone, we cannot refund the cost of the tour(s), nor can we offer refunds for tour cancellations once the booking has been processed.


Tours for individuals

From time-to-time, we offer themed tours for individuals. Please call our Tour Booking Line on 020 8332 5604 or emailtours@kew.org when you see them advertised.


Discovery Programme Tours

Our Discovery Programme provides tours designed for visitors with additional needs (such as limited mobility, learning disability and sensory loss). 

See our Discovery Programme tours