Great things to do with kids in London at Kew Gardens
Looking for things to do with kids in London? Visit Kew Gardens - where else will you find tropical rain forest, giant waterlilies, an ancient Chinese pagoda and world-famous glass houses just 30-mins from central London! Come and explore the world's most famous garden for a summer packed with children's events, activities and festivals.
Kids 16 and under get in FREE!
How do I get there?
By train: We’re only 30-minuntes from central London via Victoria or Waterloo.
By car: Kew Gardens car park (TW9 3AF) is located near the Brentford Gate of the Gardens. Parking is £6.50 for the day.
Why book online?
- Plan ahead - book your August Bank Holiday outing now, online booking gives you a 30-day window for your visit so you can come on the day that suits you best
- Get fast track entry at the ticket gates
- Buy your extras like Kew Explorer tickets and guidebooks all in one place and collect them at the gates when you arrive
IncrEdibles our family-friendly festival this summer
Our IncrEdibles festival runs all summer long and will take you on a family-friendly voyage through the surprising weird and wonderful world of incredible edible plants with lots of children's activities for the summer holidays including bouncy carrots and giant fungi sculptures! Plus renowned artists Bompass and Parr have transformed the historic Palm House Pond into a fruit inspired boating lake - book your oars now and begin your voyage from the Pineapple Island! Find out more.
Pick up a snack pack from one of our onsite cafes and restaurants and find the plant that each snack comes from. Munch your way round the world with a selection of scrumptious seeds, flavoursome fruits and tasty treats.
Great summer activities for children - explore edible plants through a series of exciting hands-on sessions where they’ll get to make a wacky vegetable or fruit-inspired badge to take home.
Where else would you get to climb inside a carniverous plant?
There’s loads to do with children including Climbers and Creepers our interactive botanical play zone where kids get to make like insects and climb inside giant carnivorous plants! And don’t miss the human-sized badger sett - enter into a badgers' subterranean world via a giant forked oak branch and explore the secret tunnels.
Eat, drink and be merry
There are four different eateries in the Gardens from quick coffee-and-cake pit stops to kid-friendly restaurants and cafes all run by the award-winning caterers Peyton and Byrne. There's a selection of hot food, freshly-made salads and sandwiches plus mouth-watering homemade cakes and pastries. We recommend:
For trend-setters - liquorice, honeyberry & coriander seed, or peach, curry leaf & white chocolate flavoured ice cream at the White Peaks cafe Icecreamery.
For dads - barbequed free-range chicken at the Pavilion restaurant and a fine selection of sample ales, beers and ciders out on the lawn from Craft breweries around the country.
For the super-organised - you are welcome to bring your own picnic, there are lots of beautiful places in the Gardens to spread out your blanket and enjoy a feast.
Guides and tours
Hop on the land train - the Kew Explorer, is an easy way to make the most of your day and Kew's 326 acres. It’s a 40-minute tour allowing you the flexibility to hop-on or off at any time, with commentary about Kew's history, iconic buildings, plants and conservation work. Trains run on the hour and half hour from 11am to 4.30pm.
Free guided walking tours - our volunteer guides will help you explore the highlights of the Garden current season and the exotic plants in the iconic glasshouses. Tours start from the Guides’ Desk at Victoria Plaza at 11am, 12 noon and 1.30pm daily and last approximately 1 hour (You will need to register with the guide approximately 15 minutes before departure).
Planning your visit
Download the free Kew Gardens mobile app before you come - whether you’re a regular visitor or on your first trip to Kew, our app is designed to help you explore more of Kew Gardens with an interactive map and pointers on the latest highlights in the Gardens.
Download the PDF map of Kew Gardens
Download the PDF IncrEdibles Festival map
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