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Which gate to use

Kew Gardens has four entrance gates. This page should help you decide which gate is most suitable for your visit.

Victoria Gate

  • This is the closest gate to Kew Gardens station (District Line and London Overground station is 500 metres away) and the most convenient for popular attractions such as the Palm House (100 metres from the entrance) and the Princess of Wales Conservatory (about 200 metres)
  • The gate's post code is TW9 3JR
  • Note that there are no drop-off areas or dedicated disabled parking spaces outside this gate
  • Adjacent to this gate is Victoria Plaza which has a shop, café and toilet facilities
  • You can pick up the Kew Explorer service here
  • Free daily guided tours start here
  • Parking is sometimes available on the Kew Road (A307) outside the gate
  • Storage is provided for bicycles, tricycles, roller skates and skateboards and micro-scooters (please note: these are not allowed in the Gardens)
  • There are self-service lockers (subject to availablility) measuring 54cm x 33 cm x 44cm and 84cm x 33cm x 44cm (£1 fee). Tokens for these lockers are available from a self-service machine located in the locker room or from the ticket kiosks.

Elizabeth Gate

  • This is the closest gate to Kew Bridge mainline rail station (South West Trains station is 800 metres away) and nearest to the Orangery Restaurant and Kew Palace (both about 200 metres from the gate)
  • The gate's post code is TW9 3AB
  • There's a drop-off area outside this gate and three disabled access spaces a short distance away
  • Convenient for visitors arriving at Kew Pier on Thames River Boat services from Westminster
  • Bicycle racks are available outside the Gardens to the right of Elizabeth Gate (storage is provided for tricycles, roller skates, skateboards and mini-scootersPlease note: these are not allowed in the Gardens)
  • There are a limited number of lockers (subject to availability) measuring 25cm x 82cm x 27cm available at a cost of £1, payable at the ticket kiosk

Brentford Gate

  • Adjacent to Kew's Ferry Lane car park — disabled access spaces are available
  • The gate's post code is TW9 3AF
  • About 300 metres from White Peaks Cafe, and Climbers and Creepers children's play area
  • About 800 metres from the Palm House and 700 metres from the Princess of Wales Conservatory
  • Bicycle racks are available outside the Gardens in Kew's Ferry Lane car park
  • A micro-scooter rack is available just inside the entrance area 

Lion Gate

  • This is the closest gate to Richmond Station (District Line, South West Trains and London Overground Station is 1km away)
  • Lion Gate is the only gate in the southern part of the Gardens and is the furthest from the busiest attractions such as the Palm House, Princess of Wales Conservatory, and Climbers and Creepers children's play area. It is however closest to Kew's Pagoda (200 metres) and the Pavilion Restaurant (400 metres). This area of the Gardens tends to be quieter, with fewer visitors
  • The gate's post code is TW9 2DF
  • The nearest toilets are about 300 metres from the Gate, at the Pavilion Restaurant and at map reference 10E
  • The 65 bus service between Ealing Broadway and Kingston, via Richmond station and town centre, stops outside Lion Gate
  • Bicycle racks are available outside the Gardens
  • A micro-scooter rack is available beside the ticket kiosk