Book an education visit to Kew Gardens

Visit with your school or university group and be inspired by our world-leading botanic gardens.

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We offer: 

  • Education sessions for school groups, led by a Kew teacher
  • Self-led visits for schools groups and university groups. 

Before you book: 

  • If booking an education session, please choose your session
  • Please be aware that education sessions timings are fixed and run from 10.30am to 2.20pm (except KS5). We will create an itinerary for you based on the availability of our Kew teachers. 
  • Check our prices
  • For queries, please email schools@kew.org.
  • After submitting your booking form, please allow 3 working days before you consider contacting us again. Please note that the office will be closed on Fridays to process bookings, except for urgent telephone calls (0208 332 5627) regarding visits that day.

By submitting this form you become liable for payment in full (see our Terms and Conditions). If you amend or cancel your booking you may incur fees. 

Alterations: During our busy period from March to July, we may not be able to accommodate changes to confirmed bookings. Schools remain liable to pay the relevant fees.

Visiting during coronavirus

In line with current government guidance, we are currently accepting bookings for schools to visit the Gardens from 12 April 2021.

Please note:

  • Our indoor spaces (including glasshouses and lunch spaces) will not be opening until 17 May.
  • We are also unable to offer education sessions prior to 17 May.

Your safety, and that of our staff, is our highest priority. That's why we've introduced new measures to ensure your group has a safe and enjoyable visit. 

To make sure your school has a safe visit, sessions that would usually be delivered in a glasshouse or classroom have been adapted to mainly take place outside. 

More details on our prices, planning and practical information page 

To make it easier for you to visit us, we're temporarily changing our approach to school bookings during these difficult times. 

  • For visits between January and December 2021, you won't need to commit and pay for your visit until six weeks before your visit date.

Cancellation 

If you would like to cancel or alter your booking more than six weeks before the visit date, there will not be a charge. You can alter your booking date twice before a £20 alteration fee is applied.

If an education session you have booked isn't able to be delivered due to coronavirus, we will provide you with as much notice as reasonably practicable.

We will offer you a self-led visit, or you can postpone or cancel your booking and we will refund any booking fee paid.

These temporary changes amend clause 3 ‘Booking’ and clause 4 ‘Alteration and Cancellation of Bookings’ in our Terms and Conditions. All other clauses remain the same.

Supporting NHS Test and Trace

We are legally required to request and record the contact details of customers and visitors over the age of 16. Any teachers, parents, or students over the age of 16 will be required to check in via the NHS Test and Trace app, using the NHS QR code posters displayed at the site entrance. Please factor this into your travel/arrival time.

Any teachers, parents, or students over the age of 16 who do not have the NHS Test and Trace app must be recorded by your school as an attendee on your visit. Please download this form RBG Kew Schools Test and Trace to record the necessary details, which must be stored by your school for 21 days and must be made available to NHS Test and Trace if requested. You do not need to provide Kew with a copy of this form.

Once your booking is confirmed, you are agreeing that your group will either use the NHS QR code posters on arrival, or will record contact details on the form provided.

Booking form

When would you like to visit?

Please give 3 possible dates.

For education sessions, all dates must be at least 6 weeks away.

If you wish to visit on 2 or more different dates, please complete a separate form for each visit.  Similarly, if you wish to book different education sessions on the same day for different year groups (for example, year 1 for KS1 Amazing Plants and year 6 for KS2 Rainforest People and Plants 45 minutes), please complete a separate form for each type of session, noting in the Any Additional Comments section that the groups will be visiting on the same day.

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Who will be visiting?

Please select the level of education
Are all pupils in the same COVID-19 bubble?
Resources will be shared between pupils within each bubble. We will assume that this is acceptable to you unless you tick the box below.
What year groups (ages) are your pupils?

About your accompanying adults

You must have the correct ratios of adults to pupils:  

SEN 1:1   EYFS 1:4   KS1 1:5   KS2 1:8   KS3 1:10   KS4/5 1:12 

  • Adults up to the required ratios (including those providing 1:1 SEN support): free     
  • Adults above the required ratios: £11

Travelling to Kew Gardens

Please note that schools travelling by coach will be provided with a scheduled arrival and departure time. This is due to borough-wide changes to traffic management that are designed to minimise environmental impact. 

How will you be travelling to Kew Gardens?

About your visit

You can choose an appropriate education session for your group (additional fees apply) or plan your own self-led visit

Would you like to book an education session?
Which Key Stage sessions are you looking for?
EYFS sessions
Key Stage 1 sessions
Key Stage 2 sessions
Key Stage 3 sessions
Key Stage 4 sessions
Key Stage 5 half / full
Key Stage 5 Sessions (half day)
Key Stage 5 Sessions (full day)

Please select 2 sessions for a full day.

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Request free tickets for a session in the Children's Garden (your time slot will be allocated on a first come, first served basis)

Your contact details

Your school / institution

Lead teacher on the day of our visit

Lead contact

School finance contact

Admin / finance contact

Any additional comments

Terms and conditions

You will need to tick all three to proceed.

 I have read and accept the dos and don'ts.

 I accept that the submission of this form constitutes a booking, that we will be liable for payment and that alterations/cancellations may incur fees.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will use your information to book your school’s visit to Kew. We will use your data to enter into a contract with you and to fulfil our legitimate business interests. We will use your information to deal with queries and providing information that may be relevant or of interest to your school. Your information will only be used by the Schools Team and will not be shared further. Booking information will be retained for 7 years to comply with financial legal obligations and you will receive updates from us until you ask to be removed from the list.  Further information about how we will use your personal data including your right to opt-out of receiving updates from us, please read our privacy policy or visit the ICO website.