Introduction to the Gardens
1 January 2014 to 23 December 2014
Get an insight into Kew’s history, plants, science and seasonal highlights. Every day of the year except 24 and 25 December.
Tours start and finish at the Guides Desk, Victoria Plaza
FREE with entry to the Gardens
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 can pre-book a bespoke tour. This requires advance payment.
Tours are also available to groups and individuals with special needs through our Discovery Programme.
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.