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Visit Kew Gardens

  • 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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Healing Giant

Located next to the Pagoda, this 20 metre by 18 metre raised planting bed in the shape of a human body will showcase fascinating medicinal plants.

Event date: 
24 May 2014 to 8 September 2014
Event details: 
Throughout the festival
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Next to The Pagoda

Rose Garden

The rose garden in summer

Enjoy the sights and scents in the Rose Garden.

Event date: 
24 May 2014 to 8 September 2014
Event details: 
Throughout the festival
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Sensational Broad Walk

Palm House Parterre summer display

A spectacular display of vibrant plants lining Kew's historic Broad Walk and on the Palm House parterres.

Event date: 
15 June 2014 to 8 September 2014
Event details: 
From mid-June to end of festival
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Along the Broad Walk and outside the Palm House

Climb the Pagoda

Climb to the top of the iconic Pagoda for panoramic views across London

Event date: 
24 May 2014 to 7 September 2014
Event details: 
Daily throughout the festival. Last entry 5pm on weekdays and 6pm at weekends and on Bank Holiday Monday 25 August.
Price: 

£3.50 per person.

Venue: 

The Pagoda

Mrs M's Cart of Curative Curiosities

Mrs M and her cart of curiosities

Mrs M will be found roaming around the honey-pot area throughout the day with her amazing apothecary-style cart.

Event date: 
24 May 2014 to 8 September 2014
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Around the Gardens

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

Healing Plants walking tour

Mountain aloe

Take a guided walking tour round Kew and enjoy the healing power of plants

Event date: 
23 May 2014 to 19 September 2014
Event details: 
Daily at 12noon and 2pm
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Meet at the Information Desk at the Victoria Plaza

Chinese Medicinal Plant Trail

The roots of the balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) have medicinal properties.

The Traditional Chinese Medicinal Plant Trail focuses on a handful of the 11,000 plant species that have formed part of the traditional Chinese ‘medicine chest’ for over 2,000 years.

Event date: 
24 May 2014 to 7 September 2014
Event details: 
Daily throughout the festival during Garden opening hours.
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Marvellous Medicinal Trees

Ginkgo biloba at Kew Gardens

Discover some of Kew’s medicinal trees.

Event date: 
24 May 2014 to 7 September 2014
Event details: 
Throughout the festival during Garden opening hours
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Garden-wide

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

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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