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Introduction to the Gardens

1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017, 11am to 12pm

Get an insight into Kew’s history, plants, science and seasonal highlights. Every day of the year except 24 and 25 December.
Event details: 
Daily at 11am and 1.30pm with an additional tour at 2.30pm from May to August
Kew Gardens

Included with entry to the Gardens

Judas tree in Mediterranean Garden

Please register with the guide 15 minutes before the tour departs.

About the tour

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.

  • 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. 
  • Tours start from the information desk at Victoria Plaza.
  • Please register with at the desk 15 minutes before the tour departs.

Pre-booking for large groups

Groups of six or more must pre-book a bespoke tour. This requires advance payment.  

Tours are also available to groups and individuals with special needs through our Discovery Programme.

Discovery walking tours

If the weather is very inclement, tours may be kept inside the glasshouses for your comfort. 

From 1 May to 31 August there will be a third tour at 2.30pm.

About Kew Guides

Kew has 65 enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteer guides.

Kew Guides also offer special themed tours throughout the year as well as Meet the Expert tours on Tuesdays where a different plant or fungi will be featured each month.

Orchids Lates

Join us for a spectacular Indian themed evening set among thousands of orchids and other exotic plants.

Adult short course brochure

Adult education brochure spring/summer 2017

Choose from a variety of short courses including iPad Art, creative writing, badger watching and planning a herb garden.