Visit Kew Gardens - which gate should I use?
Kew Gardens covers over 300 acres and there are four entrance gates. The following points should help to explain which gate is most suitable for your visit.
- Download the Visitor information map of Kew (pdf)
- Download getting to Kew Gardens map (pdf), showing gate locations
- closest to Kew Gardens station (District Line and London Overground) (500 metres)
- adjacent to the Victoria Gate is the Victoria Plaza which has a shop, cafe and toilet facilities
- Victoria Gate is probably 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)
- you can pick up the Kew Explorer service at Victoria gate, free daily guided Tours also start here
- parking is sometimes available on the Kew Road outside the gate (see parking information above), however there are no drop-off areas or dedicated disabled parking spaces outside this gate
- bicycle racks are available
- There are self-service lockers* 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 office
- Elizabeth Gate is closest to Kew Bridge mainline rail station (South West Trains) (800 metres), there is a drop-off area right outside Elizabeth Gate and disabled spaces only a short distance from the gate (see parking information above)
- Elizabeth Gate is closest to the Orangery Restaurant and Kew Palace (both about 200 metres from the Gate), it is about 300 metres from the Princess of Wales Conservatory, and 500 metres from the Palm House
- bicycle racks are available outside the Gardens to the right of Elizabeth Gate.
- there are a limited number of lockers* measuring 25cm x 82cm x 27cm available at a cost of £1 payable at the ticket office.
*All lockers are subject to availability
- Brentford Gate is adjacent to Kew's Ferry Lane car park (TW9 3AF). Disabled spaces are available: see Kew's access and mobility information page.
- about 300 metres from White Peaks Cafe and Climbers + Creepers children's play area.
- about 800 metres from the Palm House and 700 metres from the Princess of Wales Conservatory
- is convenient for visitors arriving at Kew Pier on Thames River Boat services from Westminster
- bicycle racks are available outside the Gardens in Kew's Ferry Lane car park.
- Lion Gate is the only gate in the southern part of the Gardens, and is therefore much further from the popular attractions such as the Palm House, Princess of Wales Conservatory and the Climbers + 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 is consequently much quieter with fewer visitors
- the nearest toilets are about 300 metres from the Gate, at the Pavilion Restaurant
- Lion Gate is the nearest gate to Richmond Station (District Line, South West Trains and London Overground) (1km).
- The 65 bus service between Ealing Broadway and Kingston, via Richmond station and town centre, stops outside Lion Gate.
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