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  • Experience the life enhancing power of plants at the Kew Gardens Summer Festival
    Summer festival fun Feel nature between your toes on the Barefoot Walk, play Plant Croquet, refresh in the Gin & Tonics Garden
  • The pretty cakes and sandwiches of Peyton and Byrne's afternoon tea at Kew
    Afternoon tea in Museum No 1 Enjoy afternoon tea in the stunning grounds of Kew overlooking the historic Palm House and pond
  • Climb Kew's iconic Pagoda Don't miss out on a rare opportunity to climb the 253 steps for stunning panoramic views across London
  • Children playing in Climbers and Creepers
    Children's Kew Explore our activities and attractions for children.
  • Intoxication Season: 20 September 12 October. Cannabis, coffee, opium poppy and magic mushrooms
    Intoxication Season A series of fascinating talks, activities, tours and workshops featuring well-known and notorious mind-altering plants

Come to Kew and explore the world’s most famous botanic garden. Just 30 minutes from central London, Kew Gardens boasts breathtaking landscapes, iconic glasshouses, historic buildings and rare and beautiful plants. 

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Don't miss our top ten attractions during your visit to Kew.

This video takes a look at just ten of the many wonderful things to see at Kew Gardens.


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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21 September 2014

Deadly and Disgusting Plant Hunt

Colourful but poisonous fruits of Euonymus europaeus

Track down a world of deadly plants in the Gardens.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 2 November 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Throughout the Gardens: See map

Pop-up Library

Books in the Kew Library

Poisonous and intoxicating plants pop-up library at the Orangery Restaurant

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 13 October 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

The Orangery Restaurant

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

Inspired by Kew

Painting of Laelia tenebrosa

Visit the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art to see the paintings that inspired Dr Sherwood's world famous collection.

Event date: 
16 August 2014 to 1 February 2015
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art

22 September 2014

Inspiring Kew

Coffea arabica from the Kew Collection

This exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art will reveal how - from the creation of the original ‘physic’ garden in 1759 to its position today as a UNESCO World Heritage site and world-class research establishment - Kew has been a source of inspiration.

Event date: 
30 August 2014 to 1 February 2015, 9.30am to 5.30pm
Event details: 
The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

The Dark Side of Plants Tour

Guided walking tour

Take a guided tour and discover the dangerous secrets hiding behind the exteriors of many beautiful of plants.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 30 October 2014, 1pm to 2pm
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens.

Venue: 

Guides' Desk, Victoria Plaza

A Mind-altering World

Grass Garden with Princess of Wales Conservatory in the background

Explore this living display of mind-altering plants – from the everyday to the notorious – and discover their stories.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 13 October 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Princess of Wales Conservatory, Themed Display Zone

Film Programme

Visitors inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Enjoy a range of short topical documentaries throughout the festival, including films about Kew’s work with coffee and magic mushrooms.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 13 October 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens.

Venue: 

The Princess of Wales Conservatory, Film Room

Mind-blowing Microscopy Exhibition

Fly Agaric mushroom

What does a mind-altering plant chemical look like?

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 13 October 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens.

Venue: 

The Secluded Garden Lawn

Mechanical Chemical Machine

Secluded garden. Autumn.

Get hands-on with this fun contraption to find out how consuming a plant chemical can change the way we behave.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 13 October 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

The Secluded Garden Lawn

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Become a Member

Enjoy unlimited access to the Gardens for £72 per year.

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What's on for kids

There's lots of fun activities for children this summer, from croquet to hands-on workshops.

Croquet on the Palm House lawn. Photo by Paul Little

More from Kew

Book of the month

Kids' Kew - a children's guide to Kew with fun activities and facts

Book of the month - Kid's Kew

Framed prints

Enjoy a framed picture in your own home with a botanical print.

Pavaver commutatum. Lady Bird Poppy

Shop online

A selection of delicious teas available to buy in our gift shop.

Orchid display in shop

Unlimited entry

To the Gardens for you and a family member. £72 per year.

Open gate in the Henry Price walled garden at Wakehurst