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Wartime tour of the Gardens

1 November 2014 to 30 November 2014, 12pm to 1pm

Gain an insight into Kew's fascinating wartime history, through the sites, plants and people who were involved.

Event details: 
Daily during November (2014 to 2018)

Tours start at the Guides Desk, Victoria Plaza


Included with entry to the Gardens

Related festival: 

Palm House parterres used for growing crops for the war effort

About the tour

On this themed tour Kew Guides will introduce you to the history and role of Kew, focusing on the influence of both World Wars. Wartime tours will be offered during November each year from 2014 to 2018, to coincide with the centenary of the First World War and the 75th Anniversary of the Second World War – both of which had a significant impact on Kew’s staff, Gardens and activities.

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.
  • Advance payment is required for group bookings.
  • These tours are also available to groups and individuals with mobility difficulties and sensory loss, through Kew’s Discovery Programme.

‘Kew Gardens at War’

This tour is part of a Kew-wide wartime commemoration project exploring a long-forgotten part of Kew’s rich history.  We will be offering a programme of events and releasing related stories during the commemorative period 2014 to 2018.