Your membership during coronavirus

We are open, but with some changes. Read the guidance and book your time slot.

Gaura lindheimeri flowering in the Broadwalk borders

We’re staying open 

We are still open so you can enjoy fresh air and exercise in our gardens. We've made adjustments for everyone in line with government guidance. Check the coronavirus page for the most up-to-date information. 

Remember, you can only leave your home for limited reasons, including exercise provided you stay local to your area or travel a short distance if you need to. 

You can only visit with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with one person from another household.

The safety of our staff, members and all our visitors is our utmost priority. That’s why you will need to book a timeslot before you come. 
Book a Kew Gardens time slot

Book a Wakehurst time slot

This system will enable us to stagger entry times, avoid dense queues and give us a chance to keep our gardens maintained whilst protecting us all. 

You will need to wear a face mask in some areas, so make sure to bring one with you. Staff will also be equipped with PPE across the site to keep you and us safe.

In line with national guidance, the buildings at Kew Gardens  and Wakehurst will be closed (our toilets and outdoor catering facilities are open)

We appreciate this is a change to the way you usually enjoy your membership. We hope you will understand why we have taken this approach.

Due to our reduced capacity, our horticultural standards are not quite where we'd like them to be. Thank you for your patience with this.

How it works

Read the following steps carefully before booking your time slot. Check the latest guidance before each visit, as things may change as guidelines evolve.

  • Pre-book your time slot online - entry will not be permitted without a pre-booked ticket

  • You will need to provide contact details to support NHS Test and Trace. You can do that during your booking, or by downloading the NHS COVID-19 app before you come.

  • Bring your booking confirmation, either printed or on your phone, together with your membership card and a form of ID. (If you do not have a current valid card, please bring a recent email or letter from us displaying your membership number)

  • At Kew Gardens, all gates are open for both entry and exit. Brentford gate allows access to the car park.

  • Consider walking or cycling to us if you can, as parking is extremely limited and entirely prohibited on Kew Road. Check the Richmond Borough Council website for parking updates

  • At Wakehurst, both the entry and exit routes are through our Visitor Centre so you will need to wear a face covering.

  • Demand is high so please avoid booking more places than you need.

  • Once you are here, you can explore at your leisure, but you should continue to practice social distancing and be kind to our staff; we're here to help you,

  • We are only taking contactless payments, so please be prepared.

If you need assistance with booking online, please contact the membership team via 

    Plans changed? Cancel your booking

    We know that demand is high and our capacity is limited during this period. 

    If you think you can't make your booking, simply cancel your space to free up slots for others.

    Cancel your place


    We have some toilets open at both sites, which are regularly checked and cleaned. We will be reviewing the situation daily and opening or closing more where we need to.

    • At Kew Gardens, all toilets are open with handwashing areas across the site. 
    • At Wakehurst, toilets and handwashing areas are open at the Visitor Centre, Stables Kitchen, Winter Garden and Schools Entrance.
    • We have soap and towel dispensers, but it’s worth bringing hand sanitiser with you too.

    Keeping you safe

    We are closing our buildings at both gardens n line with government guidance.

    There are takeaway catering options are available. Please note, we are taking contactless payments only.

    There will be markers for queuing at the gates and staff equipped with PPE across the site. We're also monitoring the number of people in the space at any one time.

    We encourage you to wear a face covering during your visit when using the toilet facilities, buying a takeaway, or in the areas surrounding our gates. If you are inside one of our buildings, you will need to wear one unless you are exempt. 

    Please adhere to the guidelines and bear with us as we adjust and adapt. Look at our guidance on coronavirus for more.

    Your membership matters more than ever

    Put simply, Kew wouldn’t be Kew without you. Our members are at the heart of our community and we've missed you. 

    When we took the extremely difficult decision to close our gates due to coronavirus, the essential income we receive from visitors fell to zero, resulting in a serious financial challenge.

    Despite careful management, we face a £10 –15 million shortfall this year; an enormous hit that will impact everything we do.

    So, we need your help more than ever to secure the future of the gardens and our scientific work.

    2 ways you can help

    Your messages of support have inspired us. 

    As we face challenges, any additional financial support you can give will be critical. We are grateful for any help you can give.


    1. Gift a membership

    A Kew or Wakehurst membership is a unique thinking-of-you gift, giving your loved ones something extraordinary to look forward to.

    Now we’re open again, those with a gift membership can unlock 12 months of unlimited visits, a chance to enjoy our uniquely restorative spaces to their heart’s content.

    Give the gift of Kew

    2. Make a donation

    Our current financial position is extremely challenging as a result of having closed our gardens.

    We need your help to our collections alive for generations to come, and to keep our vital global conservation work at the forefront of our mission.

    Any donation you give will be put to good use. 

    Thank you for your generosity.

    Make a donation

    Stay connected

    We understand not everyone will be able to join us back in the gardens right away. So we'll bring Kew to you with your regular member e-newsletters and membership magazine, packed with tips, long-read exclusives, and behind-the-scenes stories.

    To join our e-newsletter list for priority updates and news, contact our memberships teams below.

      Or become part of our social community. Find us at @kewgardens or @wakehurst_kew on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

      Get in touch

      If you have questions or concerns, please email us

      Please note:  We are experiencing a high volume of calls right now and we are operating at a reduced capacity.  Your call might not be answered immediately, so do try our email if you can't get through. Thank you for your patience.