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Celebrating The Hive at Kew

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Entry to The Hive is included with day admission to Kew. Tickets are valid for entry on one day within 30 days of selected date. Friends of Kew enter free.

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Science and beauty come together at Kew, as we explore the journey of the British bee through UK innovation and design.

An open-air structure standing at 17 metres tall and weighing in at 40 tonnes, The Hive encapsulates the story of the honey bee and the important role of pollination in feeding the planet, through an immersive sound and visual experience.

Step inside and discover the secret life of bees.


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Please note that because The Hive is an open-air attraction we may have to close it if necessary in particularly bad weather. Please check the plan your visit page on the day of your visit for the latest updates.

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What is The Hive?

The Hive is the design of UK based artist Wolfgang Buttress. It was originally created as the centrepiece of the UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo.

It is constructed from around 170,000 parts including thousands of pieces of aluminium which catch the changing sunlight. There are 1,000 LED lights dotted around its core which glow and fade, while a unique soundtrack hums in response to the activity of real bees in a beehive behind the scenes at Kew.

Entry to The Hive is included with day admission to Kew Gardens. 

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Help keep UK bees happy

We can all do more to help UK bees and other pollinators. Find out what you can do to help.

How to help keep bees happy

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