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  • Pink tulip in Palm House bedding
    Summer at Kew Gardens Experience the healing power of plants at Kew Gardens this summer.
  • Lithodora zahnii in spring at Kew Gardens
    Spring at Kew Enjoy the spring collection of delicate alpine plants in the Davies Alpine House
  • Magnolia campbellii from the exhibitibion of paintings by Barbara Oozeerally
    Magnolias by Barbara Oozeerally A beautiful series of paintings exhibited in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art.

Explore the world’s most famous botanic garden, just 30 minutes from central London. You’ll encounter breathtaking landscapes and world-class attractions from iconic glasshouses full of rare and beautiful plants to historic buildings, botanical art galleries and the soaring treetop walkway.

The Gardens change with the seasons: visit now to experience spring with its breathtaking displays of colour. You’ll see over five million bulbs in bloom including crocuses, daffodils, and tulips.

Plan your visit


Hop on the land train

Kew Explorer land train

Take a tour around the Gardens from the comfort of the Kew Explorer land train. It’s a hop-on, hop-off service so you can alight at your favourite locations to explore on foot. You’ll learn more about our most famous and iconic plants and hear surprising stories about the Gardens' long and fascinating history.

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Eat and drink

Barbecue food at the Pavillion restaurant

Whether you’re looking for coffee-and-cake pit stops, child-friendly meals or something a little more sumptuous, we have a selection of restaurants and cafés run by award-winning restaurateurs Peyton & Byrne. Why not sample some delicious, freshly-prepared food made from seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients.

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Introduction to botany 24 April FULLY BOOKED

Participants using dissecting microscopes on the botany course

This one-day course is designed as a general introduction to the world of flowering plants and is suitable for non-scientists and anyone keen to develop a deeper understanding of the plants around them.

Event date: 
24 Apr 2014, 10.30am to 4pm
Event details: 
Maximum capacity 12 places
Price: 

£55 (£50 Concessions, Friends of Kew)

Introduction to botany 25 April FULLY BOOKED

Participants using dissecting microscopes on the botany course

This one-day course is designed as a general introduction to the world of flowering plants and is suitable for non-scientists and anyone keen to develop a deeper understanding of the plants around them.

Event date: 
25 Apr 2014, 10.30am to 4pm
Event details: 
Booking essential as the course is limited to 12 places.
Price: 

£55 (£50 Concessions and members of Kew)

Spring spectacular

The lake in springtime

Join Kew's volunteer guides on a colourful tour of spring bulbs and blossom.

Event date: 
1 March 2014 to 30 April 2014
Event details: 
12 noon, duration 1 hour.
Price: 

FREE on entry to the Gardens. 

Kew in close-up

Over the course of this practical, two-day photography course, you will learn how to appraise plants as potential subject studies and also how to light them in order to capture memorable botanical close-ups.

Event date: 
6 May 2014 to 7 May 2014
Price: 

Course Fee: £150 (£130 Concessions, Friends of Kew) (maximum capacity 15 places)

Photoshop and digital techniques for plant photography

Pink tulips in the Palm House bedding

Suitable for beginner / intermediate level photographers, this one-day course will explain how digital photography and post-production software have expanded the scope of capturing and enhancing creative plant images.

Event date: 
8 May 2014, 10.30am to 5pm
Price: 

£70 (£60 concessions, Friends of Kew) 
Maximum capacity 15 places

Spring colour: creative painting in Kew FULLY BOOKED

Watercolour painting of hellebore

Create decorative watercolour images of Kew on this one-day painting course.

Event date: 
9 May 2014, 10.30am to 5pm
Price: 

£55 (£50 concessions, Friends of Kew)
Maximum capacity 12 places

Exhibition tour with Dr Shirley Sherwood

Dr Shirley Sherwood outside The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art

Come and meet Dr Shirley Sherwood and learn more about our latest exhibitions and her extraordinary collection of contemporary botanical art.

Event date: 
15 May 2014, 2pm to 3pm
Event details: 
15 May and 15 July 2014, 2pm
Price: 

FREE with admission to the Gardens. Call 020 8332 3622 or email shirleysherwoodgallery@kew.org to book your place.

Venue: 

The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew Gardens

Vegetable growing for novices

Vegetable plot at Kew Gardens

This one-day workshop is perfect for anyone wanting to boost their vegetable growing know-how.

Event date: 
28 May 2014, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Price: 

£55 (£50 concessions, Friends of Kew) (maximum capacity 25 places)

Photographing trees

Quercus rubra in autumn sun at Kew Gardens' arboretum

This popular two-day course is designed to explore ways of producing stunning photographs of trees. It will include tuition on how to photograph entire trees as well as details of bark and leaves.

Event date: 
29 May 2014 to 30 May 2014, 9.45am to 5.30pm
Price: 

£150 (£130 concessions, Friends of Kew)
Maximum capacity 15 places

Window on the Temperate House tour

Architect's impression of renovated Temperate House

Enjoy a walking tour focusing on the history, architecture and restoration plans for the Temperate House.

Event date: 
1 March 2014 to 28 June 2014, 11.30am to 12.30pm
Event details: 
Wednesdays and Saturdays only
Price: 

FREE with admission to the Gardens

Venue: 

Tour starts at the Guides Desk, Victoria Plaza

Herbs for health

Lavender growing at Kew

Inspired by the Queen’s Garden at Kew Palace, this one-day course will guide you through the practical and safe home use of garden herbs.

Event date: 
6 Jul 2014, 10.30am to 5.30pm
Price: 

£55 (£50 concessions, Friends of Kew)
Maximum capacity 25 places

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello

A very special opportunity to see the legendary singer/songwriter draw upon 35 years of back catalogue in his much-lauded solo show.

Event date: 
16 Jul 2014, 7.30pm to 10.30pm
Event details: 
General admission at 6pm
Price: 

Standard tickets £43.50, Reserved enclosure £52.50

Björn Again

Björn Again - The Australian ABBA show

Long-time Kew crowd-pleaser, the Björn Again show is back at Kew's summer picnic concerts.

Event date: 
17 Jul 2014, 7.30pm to 10.30pm
Price: 

Standard tickets £33.50, Reserved enclosure £42.50

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Jools Holland

Featuring Gilson Lavis with special guest stars Melanie C and Marc Almond and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.

Event date: 
18 Jul 2014, 7.30pm to 10.30pm
Price: 

Standard tickets £41.50, Reserved enclosure £50.50

Venue: 

Outside Kew Palace

Simple Minds

Simple Minds

Since Simple Minds first appeared on Top Of The Pops to perform Promised You A Miracle their career has taken them to stadia the world over.

Event date: 
19 Jul 2014, 7.30pm to 10.30pm
Price: 

Standard tickets £43.50, Reserved enclosure £52.50

Venue: 

Outside Kew Palace

Bill Bailey

Photo of Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey is a master of many things: virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, stand-up comedian, actor, television presenter and owl-champion.

Event date: 
20 Jul 2014, 7.30pm to 10.30pm
Price: 

Standard tickets £41.50, Reserved enclosure £50.50

Venue: 

Outside Kew Palace

Make and create your own sketchbook

Pencil sketch of Nymphaea thermarum

On this new five-day course you will learn how to make your own sketchbook before filling it with sketches drawn in the grounds and glasshouses of Kew Gardens.

Event date: 
21 July 2014 to 25 July 2014, 10.30am to 5pm
Price: 

£250 (£220 concessions, Friends of Kew) 
Deposit payable on enrolment: £50
Maximum capacity 12 places

Magnolias - paintings by Barbara Oozeerally

Magnolia painting by Barbara Oozeerally

This extraordinary series of magnolia paintings by Barbara Oozeerally is on show at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art.

Event date: 
15 January 2014 to 3 August 2014
Price: 

FREE with admission to the Gardens.

Venue: 

Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art

Botanical Art in the 21st Century

Paintings of roses by Regine Hagedorn

Featuring work from Italian artists never previously exhibited in the UK as well as paintings from 'Overleaf' by Susan Ogilvy, and 'Magnolias' by Barbara Oozeerally. Please note that that the Shirley Sherwood Gallery will close at the earlier time of 4pm on the 27 March due to a private event.

Event date: 
8 February 2014 to 10 August 2014
Price: 

FREE with admission to the Gardens

Venue: 

The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art

Romeo + Juliet (1996, cert 12)

Romeo and Juliet, one of the films showing at Kew the Movies

Baz Luhrmann’s breathtaking film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is a true modern classic.

Event date: 
4 Sep 2014, 6.30pm to 10pm
Event details: 
Gates open: 6.30pm, performance starts: 8.00pm, performance nds: 22.00pm
Price: 

Premium Adult: £26.50*
General Admission Adult: £16.50*
General Admission Child (5 to 16 years): £13.50*
General Admission Family (2 adults, 2 children) £47.00*

Drawing the buildings of Kew

Line drawing of the Palm House, from the 1800s

On this five-day course you will get to know Kew's iconic buildings by drawing them and experimenting with artistic techniques.

Event date: 
1 September 2014 to 5 September 2014, 10.30am to 5pm
Price: 

£250 (£220 concessions, Friends of Kew) 
Deposit payable on enrolment: £50
Maximum capacity 12 places

Gravity (2013, cert 12A)

Gravity film poster

Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the film successfully recreates a zero gravity space environment in a way unseen before in cinema.

Event date: 
5 Sep 2014, 6.30pm to 9.45pm
Event details: 
Gates open: 6.30pm, performance starts: 8.00pm, performance ends: 21.45pm
Price: 

Premimum Adult: £26.50*
General Admission Adult: £16.50*
General Admission Child (5 to 16 years): £13.50*
General Admission Family (2 adults, 2 children): £47.00*

Top Gun (1986, cert 12)

Top Gun, one of the films showing at Kew the Movies

Get ready to enter the danger zone, as the greatest 80s movie of them all returns to the big screen this summer!

Event date: 
6 Sep 2014, 6.30pm to 9.45pm
Event details: 
Gates open 6.30pm, performance starts: 8.00pm, performance ends: 21.45pm
Price: 

Premium Adult: £26.50*
General Admission Adult: £16.50*
General Admission Child (5 to 16 years): £13.50*
General Admission Family (2 adults, 2 children): £47.00*

Gardening for beginners

The colourful borders of Cambridge Cottage garden at Kew

This one-day course is aimed at keen amateurs who want to improve their knowledge of growing and maintaining plants in their garden.

Event date: 
10 Sep 2014, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Price: 

£55 (£50 concessions, Friends of Kew)
Maximum capacity 25 places

16th Flora of Thailand Conference

Photo of plant in the wild in Thailand

Thai botany and the European connection: Building on 100 years of collaboration.

This week-long conference at Kew will discuss topics related to the flora of Thailand and the ‘European connection’.

Event date: 
7 September 2014 to 12 September 2014, 10am to 5pm
Price: 

Various, see below for details.

Venue: 

Kew Gardens

Early morning photography

Sunbeams break through trees on a misty autumn morning at Kew

Get practical advice and tips from a professional photographer on this early morning informal walk through the Gardens.

Event date: 
13 Sep 2014, 7.30am to 11am
Price: 

£60 (£50 concessions, Friends of Kew)
Maximum capacity 15 places

Conservation talks

A talk about conservation methods and techniques used by the Library, Art and Archives

Event date: 
29 May 2014 to 25 September 2014, 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Event details: 
Event starts at 2.30pm on the last Thursday of the month
Price: 

FREE with entry to the gardens. No booking required.


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Venue: 

The talks will either take place in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art or the Marianne North Gallery.

Late summer photography master class

A bee busy at work on Helenium 'Wersergold' in Kew

Here is your opportunity to be part of a small group for this one-day course on outdoor practical photography amid the late summer delights of Kew Gardens.

Event date: 
27 Sep 2014, 10am to 4.30pm
Price: 

£140 (£120 concessions, Friends of Kew)
Maximum capacity 10 places

Introduction to the Gardens

A guide leads a tour through one of Kew's glasshouses

Get an insight into Kew’s history, plants, science and seasonal highlights. Every day of the year except 24 and 25 December.

Event date: 
1 January 2014 to 23 December 2014
Event details: 
Daily at 11am and 1.30pm - tours last one hour
Price: 

FREE with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Tours start and finish at the Guides Desk, Victoria Plaza

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