Aerial view of the Treetop Walkway
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Treetop Walkway

Take in the breathaking views across the Gardens and beyond while walking through the tops of trees, 18 metres above the woodland floor

Get closer to trees

The Treetop Walkway is 200 metres long and towers 18 metres above the ground, enabling visitors a rare insight into the complex ecosystem of the forest canopy, a world teeming with birds and insects, lichens and fungi. 

Made from over 400 tonnes of weathered steel, the rusted steel columns blend in with the natural environment. 

At ground level sculptures carved from tree trunks illustrate microscopic elements of trees to explain how trees grow. A path leads visitors below ground to the Rhizotron, an underground lab constructed to study the soil.


Up in the tree canopy on the Treetop Walkway at Kew

Tree canopy

Walk through the branches of sweet chestnut, Castanea sativa, beech, Fagus sylvatica, horse chestnut, Aesculus hippocastanum and different oak species, Quercus.


Canopy from the Treetop Walkway

About the design

The walkway’s structure is inspired by the Fibonacci numerical sequence, frequently found in nature's growth patterns.


Aerial view of Treetop Walkway

Notes on accessibility

  • Last entry is 45 minutes before the Gardens close
  • 118 steps up to the walkway
  • Lift available for disabled and mobility-impaired visitors (please check lift status on day of visit)
  • Maximum of 6 people in the lift
  • We may need to close the walkway in bad weather or for maintenance: check for visitor notices and closures 
  • Leave buggies at ground level
  • Designed to flex slightly in the wind so it does not break in high winds
  • In an emergency use the intercom at the lifts or call 020 8332 5121
  • Children must be supervised at all times