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Introduction to the Gardens

1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016, 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 - tours last one hour
Tours start and finish at the Guides Desk, Victoria Plaza

FREE with entry to the Gardens

A guide leads a tour through one of Kew's glasshouses

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. Please register with the guide 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.  

About Kew Guides

Kew has 65 enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteer guides.

Kew Guides also offer special themed tours which cost £5 per person. These last longer and often go behind the scenes to areas of the Gardens not normally open to the general public. 

Orchids Lates

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

Talks and courses

Cover image from Adult Education brochure 2016-17

Browse our short course brochure where there's everything from botanical illustration to gardening for beginners.