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Garden rules and regulations

A summary of regulations is provided below. Please note dogs are not allowed in the Gardens, except for registered disability assistance dogs.


The following are not permitted in the Gardens:

  • animals – except registered disability assistance dogs
  • bicycles / tricycles, roller skates, skateboards, scooters*
  • vehicles other than powered wheelchairs
  • radios / music players
  • musical instruments
  • ball games / sports (including jogging)
  • tree-climbing
  • pruning or touching plants

*Storage is provided for tricycles, roller skates and skateboards at Victoria and Elizabeth Gates only. Racks for bicycles and micro-scooters are available at all four gates.

Please note: children 16 years and under must be supervised by an adult at all times. A maximum of ten schoolchildren is permitted in the shops at any one time.


Picnics are permitted but note these restrictions:

  • No picnics in the glasshouses or on planted areas
  • No barbeques or picnic furniture

Special permissions

Special permission is required for:

  • photography or painting for commercial purposes
  • any painting requiring an easel in the glasshouses

Please contact: Kew Gardens Visitor Information. Telephone +44 (0)20 8332 5655 or email

Press enquiries

For press enquiries regarding filming in Kew Gardens, please contact the Press Office in advance, on +44 (0)20 8332 5607 or email