Prices, planning and practical information
Everything to help you plan and prepare for a enjoyable school visit to Kew
Booking your visit
First you'll need to decide whether you want to plan your own day or book one of our education sessions for your pupils.
If you book a session, we'll provide an itinerary for the day which allows all your pupils to take part.
We ask all educational groups to book their visit in advance, whether visiting independently or taking part in a Kew-led education session.
- Up to 35: £65
- 36–70: £100
- 71–105: £135
- 106–140: £170
- 141–175: £205
- 176–201: £240
Teachers and adults
Up to required key stage ratios: free
Adults needed for 1:1 SEN support: free
Adults above the required ratios: £11
Education sessions for EYFS – Key Stage 4
45 minute sessions: £30 per group (15 pupils)
90 minute sessions: £60 per group (15 pupils)
Education sessions for Key Stage 5
Half day (1 session): £75 per group (15 pupils)
Full day (2 sessions): £150 per group (15 pupils)
From 1 April 2019, some of our prices will change to:
Universities and Adult Learning Organisations
- Up to 16 students: £60
- 17-35: £95
- 36–70: £190
- 71–105: £270
- 106–140: £340
- 141–175: £410
- 176–201: £480
The school student booking fee will remain the same.
EYFS – Key Stage 4
- 45 minute sessions £35 per group (15 students)
- 90 minute session: £70 per group (15 students)
Education sessions for Key Stage 5
- Half day (1 session): £80 per group (15 students)
- Full day (2 sessions): £160 per group (15 students)
Health and safety
Supervising your group
Adult supervision is required at all times with the following ratios:
- 1:1 for SEN
- 1:2 for Early Years
- 1:5 for Key Stage 1
- 1:8 for Key Stage 2
- 1:10 for Key Stage 3
- 1:12 for Key Stage 4/5
We ask that groups of pupils are kept to a maximum of 15 in busy areas and a maximum of 10 in the White Peaks shop.
Please read this guide to help you develop your own risk assessment, specific to the needs of your pupils and staff.
What to do in an emergency/lost child/First Aid
Please contact the nearest member of Kew staff or a Kew constable. The emergency number on an internal phone is 333 and external is 020 8332 3333.
Please do not call 999 as ambulance/fire/police crews may take time to find you. It is better coordinated through Kew's own police force who deal with First Aid, security and emergencies.
Planning your visit
Preliminary teacher visit
We advise you visit the Gardens in advance to plan the day. We provide two free tickets for planning purposes, once we've received payment for your school visit.
The glasshouses can get busy, so this is a chance to check out all the other exciting places to visit. You can also use this opportunity to:
- familiarise yourself with the Gardens
- check attractions and lunch facilities
- consider distances and the times these will take to cover
- complete your risk assessment
The Gardens open at 10am throughout the year. We recommend at least 3–5 hours for your visit.
Education sessions run between 10.30am and 2.20pm. If you book a session we give you an itinerary that allows for all your pupils to take part at some point during the day.
Closing times vary throughout the year, the earliest closing is 3.30pm in mid-winter. Check full opening and closing times for variations throughout the year and specific details of attractions.
Briefing your pupils
How to be prepared
Take care around:
- lake and ponds
- moving vehicles
- poisonous, thorny and spiky plants
Follow the Garden rules and...
- don't climb trees
- don't pick or eat anything
- keep out of areas marked private
- be prepared for sun, rain, pollen
- wash hands before eating
- know where you're going - here's a map of the Gardens
What to bring
We don't have a cloakroom facility so we're unable to store coats, bags or lunches. Your pupils should be prepared to carry everything, so please pack light.
- comfortable shoes
- water bottle
- layered clothing (the glasshouses can be hot)
- insect repellent
- hay fever medication
Preparing your adults
Make sure all accompanying adults understand the importance of supervising their group, keeping to time and what to do in an emergency.
- itinerary for sessions, lunch and leaving time
- mobile phone numbers for all adults in your group
- constabulary number: 020 8332 3333 (for emergencies, lost children and First Aid)
- schools number: 020 8332 5627
On the day
Travelling to Kew
We suggest you don't make travel plans until your visit date has been confirmed.
Please enter the Gardens at Victoria Gate (TW9 3JR) on Kew Road.
Check our getting here advice for closest tube and train stations.
Coaches can drop off, pick up and park for free on Kew Road, although space is limited. Please ask your coach driver to not leave the engine idling.
What to do when you arrive
You will be met at Victoria Gate by one of our school group volunteers.
They can suggest the best places to go to avoid the crowds, tell you how long it takes to move around the site, and advise on interesting ways to spend your day.
For education sessions meet in front of The Botanical restaurant, opposite the Palm House (across the pond). On some maps this will be marked as Museum No.1 or the Plants + People exhibition.
If you're running late
If you're unexpectedly delayed on the day, please phone us as soon as possible on 020 8332 5627 with your revised time of arrival.
It's important that you are on site to start the education sessions on time.
Our lunch area is in Climbers and Creepers, near White Peaks. There are toilets and water fountains nearby.
We allocate 30 minute slots between 11.30am and 1.30pm. You will be given a 30 minute timeslot with your booking. Please arrive and leave on time.
If you are not allocated a slot, or you would prefer, you can also picnic anywhere in the Gardens apart from the restaurants, cafés and glasshouses.
Our shop is near the lunch venue and stocks a range of pocket-money priced gifts. We allow a maximum of 10 pupils at one time, always with an accompanying adult.
Water fountains and toilets
Use the map of the Gardens to find water fountains and toilets
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