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Travel and access information for Kew and Wakehurst during the Kew the Movies outdoor concerts.

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How to get to Kew the Movies at Kew Gardens 

Find out how to get here and which gate to use. We encourage you to use public transport on event evenings, as parking in the area is very limited.

Which gate to use

  • Entrance and exit for all ticket holders is via Elizabeth Gate (Main Gate).
  • Access for disabled guests plus one additional carer from 6.15pm via Elizabeth Gate on Kew Green.
  • From Elizabeth Gate it is about a three-minute walk to the cinema arena.

Nearest underground stations

  • Use the District line to Kew Gardens (zone 3). From here it is a 20 minute walk to the Elizabeth Gate.
  • Check Transport for London for more detailed information.

Transport for London

Nearest overground stations

  • Train services (South West Trains) from Waterloo, via Vauxhall and Clapham Junction, stop at Kew Bridge station. From Kew Bridge station it is a 10-minute walk (800 metres) to Kew Gardens (Elizabeth Gate entrance).
  • Visit the National Rail Journey Planner for more information.

National Rail Journey Planner

By bus

  • Number 65 bus runs between Kingston and Ealing.
  • Number 391 bus runs between Richmond and Fulham.
  • Routes 237 and 267 stop at Kew Bridge station.
  • Visit Transport for London for alternative routes and more detailed information.

By bicycle

Bicycle park racks are available at Elizabeth Gate. Please note: owners leave bikes at their own risk.

Drop-off/pick-up area

There is a designated drop-off/pick-up area in the carriage ring outside Elizabeth Gate and disabled spaces are only a short distance from the Gate (more disabled parking information can be found below).

Parking

  • Please note that local parking is limited.
  • Kew cannot reserve spaces, so allow time to park.
  • Kew the Movies car parking operates at Kew’s Herbarium car park on Kew Green. Please note Kew's Brentford Gate car park at Ferry Lane is not being used for this event.
  • There are five disabled parking spaces in the Herbarium car park and three further spaces are available adjacent to Elizabeth Gate on Kew Green.
  • Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The car park closes at midnight.
  • Free parking is also available on Kew Road - however, this road is congested at peak times.
  • Parking restrictions apply on most of the residential streets around Kew and on parts of Kew Road, so please check parking restrictions carefully.

More travel information for Kew Gardens

Access information for Kew Gardens

Information about disabled facilities including access to Kew Gardens, viewing areas and toilets.

Disabled parking

  • Kew the Movies car parking operates at Kew’s Herbarium car park, on Kew Green. Please note: Kew's Brentford Gate car park at Ferry Lane is not being used for this event.
  • There are five disabled parking spaces in the Herbarium car park.
  • There are also three marked disabled parking spaces on Kew Green. These are public spaces on the public highway, available on a first come, first served basis.
  • The car park closes at midnight.
  • Kew is unable to reserve parking spaces in advance so we advise drivers to allow plenty of time to secure a parking space .

Access to the arena

  • A disabled guest plus one carer may enter from 6.15pm (15 minutes before the general public) via Elizabeth Gate.
  • The event site has flat, step-free access throughout. It should still be noted that some areas of the grounds at the event site are uneven and special care should be taken while moving around the site.

Disabled viewing area

  • There is a designated disabled viewing area at the event. The stewarding team, wearing yellow high-visibility vests, will be on hand to guide you to the location.
  • The designated area is accessible via a flat route and offers excellent views of the screen.
  • Please note that space within the disabled viewing area is solely for the use of disabled guests plus one carer per guest.

Queueing

 If you plan to arrive early, we recommend you bring a folding chair for the queue.

Toilets

There are accessible toilets in easy reach (approximately 50 metres) of the disabled viewing area.

Wheelchair access and guide dogs

  • There are wheelchairs at each gate, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Mobility scooters are not available.
  • Guide dogs or registered disability assistance dogs are allowed within the Gardens. Other dogs are not allowed. 

How to get to Kew the Movies at Wakehurst

Information about getting here using public transport, together with directions on how to get here and where to park if you come by car.

Where to arrive

  • Entrance and exit for all ticket holders is via the Wakehurst Visitor Centre.
  • From here it is an approximately four-minute walk (500 metres) to the cinema site.

Drop-off/pick-up area

There is a designated drop-off/pick-up area in the main car park at Wakehurst.

Parking

Car parking charges at Wakehurst place are included in the ticket price for Kew the Movies at Wakehurst. The car park will be open for event ticket holders from 6pm on the event day. 

  • Patrons are asked to car share where possible.
  • Priority parking for Blue Badge holders is allocated nearest to the entrance to the Visitor Centre for disabled customers. Please note that these are on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved.

Taxis

If you are arriving by taxi please make sure you have made arrangements for your return journey in advance. Here is a list of local taxi numbers:

  • Station Taxis: 01444 410410 / 01444 254444
  • Central Taxis: 01444 441616
  • Home Charles Cars: 07815 048648
  • TNT Cars West Sussex: 07748 683522
  • CS Taxis: 01444 441616
  • Taxis R Us: 01444 250250
  • Southdown Cars: 01342 317400

By bicycle

Bicycle park racks are available at the Visitor Centre. Please note that owners leave bikes at their own risk.

More travel information for Wakehurst

Access information for Wakehurst

Disabled parking

  • A number of parking spaces for cars displaying a disabled badge are available next to the Visitor Centre.
  • We are unable to reserve any spaces specifically and spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Access to the arena

  • A disabled guest plus one carer may enter from 6.15pm (15 minutes before the general public) via the Wakehurst Visitor Centre.
  • The Mansion and Croquet Lawn are reachable via a hard-surface, step-free path from the Visitor Centre.
  • From the Visitor Centre to the event site is a distance of approximately 500 metres.

Disabled viewing area

  • There is a designated disabled viewing area at the event. The stewarding team, wearing yellow high-visibility vests, will be on hand to guide you to the location.
  • The designated area is accessible via a flat route and offers excellent views of the screen.
  • Please note that space in the disabled viewing area is solely for the use of disabled guests plus one carer per guest.

Queueing

If you plan to arrive early, we recommend you bring a folding chair for the queue.

Toilets

There are adapted toilets (unisex) in easy reach (approximately 50 metres) of the disabled viewing area at the event and in the Visitor Centre.

Wheelchair access and guide dogs

  • There are wheelchairs at all gates available on a first-come, first-served basis. Mobility scooters are not available.
  • Guide dogs or registered disability assistance dogs are allowed within the Gardens.