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School visits at Kew Gardens

  • The perfect outdoor classroom Magnificent glasshouses, exceptional plant collections, glorious grounds and vital scientific research
  • Knowledge and experience Programmes are taught by experienced, enthusiastic teachers and are developed in line with the national curriculum.
  • Designed for your needs We offer a choice of specially designed education sessions or you can lead your own visit with our basic package.


Teacher review

'Achievement of learning aims excellent. We had such a good experience. The students came away very enthusiastic.'

'The variety of experiences was beneficial, the practical activities and glasshouses very useful and inspiring.'

'All members of staff were knowledgeable and used to dealing well with the students of all abilities. Many thanks to all.'

Bishop Douglass School

Kew education sessions

Inspire and engage learning with our hands-on programmes - it's the best way to get the most from your visit. All our education sessions meet curriculum targets across a range of subjects including science, geography, art, design technology and more. We can cater for different ages, abilities and learning needs.

Led by one of our skilled and knowledgeable teachers, the session includes:

  • hands-on curriculum-linked activities, led by a Kew Teacher
  • small group sizes (15 per group)
  • free access to Kew site for the day
  • a reservation in our indoor, schools-only area
  • a meet-and-greet at Victoria Gate
  • free entry for two teachers to plan their school visit

Self-led 

Our basic visit package includes:

  • entry for students and education staff
  • a reservation in our indoor, schools-only dining area
  • meet-and-greet at Victoria Gate
  • free entry for two teachers to plan their school visit

New lunch space

We are excited to announce that from the 31 March 2014, our lunch space is changing. There is a new 'education groups only' external covered eating area, situated opposite Climbers and Creepers. Look out for our schools@kew flags to find us.

Handy Hints We recommend visiting the toilets opposite and washing hands before your timeslot. There are also hand sanitizers available.

Recommended activities

Key Stage 1 and 2

Inspire and encourage curiosity by exploring our Primary programmes at Kew Gardens.

Immerse yourself in a  Tropical rainforest experience tour and workshop

Secondary 

Secondary programmes at Kew Gardens aim to encourage scientific inquiry and a fascination with plants, people and the world.

Explore a variety of biomes from the steamy tropical rainforest to the arid desert with a  Plant adaptations tour

CPD courses for teachers

For teachers, science techicians and trainee teachers

The Great Plant Hunt

Explore the natural world and join in the biggest ever school science project