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Plan your visit to Kew Gardens

There is so much to see and do at Kew Gardens. Whether you are a first time visitor or a seasoned regular, find out how to get the most out of your visit.

At a glance

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Friends of Kew free
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Online ticket prices (until 31 October 2018)
Adults £17.75* / £16
Children (4–16) £4
Children under 4 free
Concessions £15.50* / £14
* Includes a voluntary donation

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For ticket prices including prices at the gate, family tickets, discounted tickets, and gift tickets.

The Palm House Parterre

Getting here and getting around

By tube Kew Gardens station (500m to Victoria Gate)
By train Kew Bridge station (800m to Elizabeth Gate)
By bus 65 stops at Victoria and Lion Gate
By bike racks are available at all gates

Free disabled access parking (for blue badge holders) at Kew's car park on Ferry Lane, TW9 3AF.

For how to get here including entrance gates and parking.

Download a map of the Gardens


Opening times

Open daily at 10am 

Gardens close at 5.45pm
(last entry 5.15pm)

Attractions and most cafés close before the Gardens.

For planned closing times for early 2018

For any short and long-term closures

For our Garden rules

Encephalartos altensteinii in the Palm House

Eating and drinking

Our cafés and restaurants offer lots of choice including hot meals, afternoon tea, coffee and cakes, sandwiches and snacks.

Victoria Plaza café, at Victoria Gate
Orangery restaurant, near Elizabeth Gate
White Peaks café, near Brentford Gate
The Botanical, overlooking the Palm House pond
Pavilion restaurant, near the Great Pagoda. (Closed for winter. Re-opens spring 2019).

For menus and opening times

Picnics are allowed throughout the Gardens, except in the glasshouses and galleries.


Our shops are crammed with gifts, books, prints and souvenirs inspired by the plants and fungi of Kew. You can buy selected products online or visit one of our shops in the Gardens.

Victoria Plaza shop, at Victoria Gate
White Peaks children’s shop, near Brentford Gate
Galleries gift shop, at Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art

For products and opening times

When you buy from our shops you help to support Kew's vital science-based conservation work around the world. 

Groups, families and access visits

Group visits

We offer reduced ticket prices for groups of 15 or more. We also offer private tours and meal vouchers.

Information on group visits

Inside the Palm House on a guided tour

Kids' Kew

We have a wide range of family events, holiday activities and kid-friendly places to explore. 

For visiting with your family

Kid's Kew

Access and facilities

We welcome visitors with disabilities, their carers, family members and friends to enjoy the Gardens.

For information about access and facilities

Guzmania candy in the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Visiting with a school

If you are planning a school visit, Kew Gardens provides a perfect setting for an outdoor classroom.

Inspire and engage your students with our curriculum-linked education sessions for Early Years to Key Stage 5.

For prices and other information to help you plan a visit to Kew Gardens with your school.

What to do when you're here

Learn about our science, horticulture and history

Join one of our guided walking tours, free with entry to the Gardens.

Introduction to the Gardens and other themed tours take place daily, covering seasonal highlights and a history of Kew. A different plant or fungus each month is the focus of our Meet the experts tours every Tuesday.

You can also hop on the Kew Explorer land train (£5 for adults, £2 for children).

For walks, tours and more check What's on.

Visit some of our top attractions

Escape to a rainforest climate inside the iconic Palm House. Discover which plants coffee, rubber and chocolate come from and find out more about the Madagascan 'suicide palm'.

Brave the heights of our Treetop Walkway and admire the view from 18 metres above the woodland floor. 

Delight your senses with the colourful displays inside the Davies Alpine House. Here you will find exqusite alpines such as campanulas, dianthus, helichrysum, primulas, thymes, tulips and verbascums.

Discover our living plant collection

Kew Gardens is a world heritage site and a place of global significance.

Here you can enjoy the most diverse living plant collection in the world.

Read our latest blog posts to find out what we are doing in the Gardens and about our Science activities, research and conservation

For talks, courses and more check What's on.