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  • Experience the life enhancing power of plants at the Kew Gardens Summer Festival
    Summer festival fun Come on a Plantasia adventure at Kew this summer
  • 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
  • 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.

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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Top 10 attractions

This video takes a look at just 10 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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31 July 2014

Lotions and Potions workshops 26 July to 31 Aug

Lavender growing in the 17th century garden
Event date: 
26 July 2014 to 1 September 2014
Event details: 
Daily from 26 July to 31 August: 10.30am, 12noon, 1.30pm and 3pm
Price: 

£3 per participant (payment in cash only). Adult free when accompanying a child.

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

Plant Family Croquet

Lawn in front of the Palm House

Join a game of curious croquet as you find out about the healing power of plants.

Event date: 
26 July 2014 to 7 September 2014
Event details: 
Wednesdays to Sundays during school holidays, plus Monday 25 August (Bank holiday), 11am - 4pm
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Lawn in front of the Palm House

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

1 August 2014

Plants, People and the Products of War: a Centenary Tribute

The First World War at Kew - An exhibition of artifacts showing Kew's involvement in the war.

Event date: 
2 July 2014 to 29 August 2014, 9am to 5pm
Event details: 
weekdays only (CLOSED Saturday and Sunday and 25 August)
Price: 

Free. Entry to the Gardens not included.

Venue: 

Library, Art & Archives Reading Room, accessible from Kew Green via the Herbarium Gate (the large gate to the right of Elizabeth Gate)

Face painting

Kew Gardens IncrEdibles - Family Fun - Face Painting

Face painting in Climbers and Creepers

Event date: 
26 July 2014 to 7 September 2014, 10.30am to 5pm
Event details: 
26 July to 7 September, 10.30am to 5pm
Price: 

£4 for one face and £7 for two faces.

Barefoot Walk

Slip off your shoes and wander along the Barefoot Walk to experience the many different textures that nature has to offer.

Event date: 
24 May 2014 to 7 September 2014, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Event details: 
Throughout the festival
Price: 

Included with entry to the Gardens

Venue: 

Kew's arboretum

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

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.

Event date: 
8 February 2014 to 11 August 2014
Price: 

FREE with admission to the Gardens

Venue: 

The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art

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

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Afternoon tea in Museum No 1

For a limited period only, enjoy afternoon tea in the glorious surroundings of Kew, overlooking the historic Palm House and pond.

The pretty cakes and sandwiches of Peyton and Byrne's afternoon tea at Kew

More from Kew

  • Shop online
    A selection of delicious teas available to buy in our gift shop
    Orchid display in shop
  • Book of the month
    Plant Lover's Guides to Dahlias and Salvias
  • Art exhibition
    'Magnolias' features paintings by artist Barbara Oozeerally.
    Magnolia campbellii from the exhibitibion of paintings by Barbara Oozeerally
  • Kew bag for life
    Features the Kew Gardens logo. From 100% unbleached cotton
    Kew bag for life