Kew Gardens’ popular Summer Cycle is back!

A unique chance to cycle around Kew Gardens after hours

Release date: 23 July 2020

  • Visitors are invited to cycle through one of the most breath-taking landscapes in London, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kew Gardens
  • Usually off-limits for cyclists, for the second year running Kew is inviting people to explore its 360 acres on two wheels
  • Thursday 13 August 2020, 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Kew Gardens is once again inviting people to explore its stunning landscape by bike with friends, family, or as a peaceful solo cycle!

After months of lockdown, where the idea of cycling around a UNESCO World Heritage Site was the stuff of dreams, Kew’s Summer Cycle, on Thursday 13 August, will see people meandering around the Gardens on two wheels. From the magnificent Broad Walk Borders, spilling over with bright, bountiful blooms, to the stunning Rose Garden which fills the evening air with a sweet rose-scented fragrance, this will be a chance to blow away the cobwebs and soak up Kew at its glorious summer best.

Visitors can picnic on Kew’s breath-taking Syon Vista, which sweeps from the Palm House down to the river Thames or stop off at the Pavilion restaurant to grab a bite to eat. With plenty of time to explore the Gardens, visitors can reach the secret, hidden corners in their leisure to bask in the beauty of nature. 

Sandra Botterell, Director of Marketing and Commercial Enterprise, RBG Kew said: “Kew Gardens is so beautiful on a summer’s evening, with so much to enjoy. I am delighted we are once again opening the Gardens for visitors to enjoy by bike. Cycling is normally reserved for people who work at RBG Kew, so it’s a rare opportunity to experience the Gardens on two wheels.” 

With no defined route, visitors will be able to cycle on the paths around the Gardens, with some of the narrower paths being one way including the Rock Gardens and behind Queen Charlotte’s Cottage. Entrance is via Elizabeth Gate or via Brentford Gate for those who book parking. 

Kew’s Summer Cycle will be hosted after hours from 5.30pm to 8.30pm (last entry 7.30pm) on Thursday 13 August with tickets costing £20 for adults, £18 for members, and £10 for children with under 4s free. Visit to purchase tickets. 

There is no bike hire on the evening so those wishing to join this event are requested to bring their own bikes. 


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About Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world-famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding collections as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world. Kew Gardens is a major international and a top London visitor attraction. Kew Gardens’ 132 hectares of landscaped gardens, and Wakehurst, Kew’s Wild Botanic Garden, attract over 2.5 million visits every year. Kew Gardens was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrated its 260th anniversary in 2019. Wakehurst is home to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world. RBG Kew receives approximately one third of its funding from Government through the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and research councils. Further funding needed to support RBG Kew’s vital work comes from donors, membership and commercial activity including ticket sales.