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  • Summer dedding display by the Broadwalk
    Sizzling late summer flowers See our exotic summer planting in full bloom
  • 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
  • Children playing in Climbers and Creepers
    Children's Kew Explore our activities and attractions for children.

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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20 September 2014

The School of Thought

 Economic Botany Collection bottled crude drugs

Enjoy a series of lively, thought provoking talks and discussions on specific mind-altering plants.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 12 October 2014, 10.30am to 4.15pm
Event details: 
Every Saturday and Sunday
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

The School of Horticulture

The Botanical Bar

The Botanical Beverages Bar

Pick up a specially created drink from our pop-up garden bar

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 12 October 2014, 11am to 5.30pm
Event details: 
Every Saturday and Sunday
Price: 

Prices of drinks available at the bar.

Guided tour: Know your trees

Indian Horse Chestnut. Summer

Enjoy a 90 minute ramble round Kew while learning easy ways to identify common trees.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 29 October 2014, 1pm to 2.30pm
Event details: 
Every Wednesday and Saturday
Price: 

£10 (You will also need to pay for entry to the Gardens)

Booking recommended as there is a limit of 12 people per tour

Please book by calling 020 8332 5604 or email tours@kew.org

Venue: 

Tour starts at the Guides Desk, Victoria Plaza

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

Spoonful of science

DNA Bank's 20th Anniversary

Meet Kew’s friendly experts and learn about their work with mind-altering and deadly plants.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 7 October 2014, 3pm to 3.30pm
Event details: 
Tuesdays
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens.

Venue: 

Secluded Glass House (except 23 and 25 September, which will be held in the Princess of Wales Conservatory)

Bright Club

Breathing Planet - Science

Finish the day off with some light entertainment as researchers, academics and plant-lovers take to the stage to tell you about their intoxicating work.

Event date: 
20 September 2014 to 5 October 2014, 3.30pm to 4pm
Event details: 
Sunday 21 September and 5 October
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Princess of Wales Conservatory, film room

Film Programme

Visitors inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Enjoy a range of topical documentaries throughout the festival, including films about magic mushrooms, betel nut and coca, as well as Kew’s work with coffee.

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

Included with entry to the Gardens.

Venue: 

The Princess of Wales Conservatory, Film Room

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

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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Tea towel and bag with designs by Holly Francesca.

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

Summer dedding display by the Broadwalk