Kew Gardens and Wakehurst closure due to coronavirus

As part of the UK’s efforts to stem the spread of the virus, we are sadly closing our gardens at Kew and Wakehurst during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

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A message from our Director

We have made the difficult decision to close Kew Gardens and Wakehurst until further notice. 

We wanted to keep our botanic gardens open for as long as possible. However, our absolute priority is the health of our visitors and staff. 

Read the message in full 

We will always put the safety of our staff and visitors first. 

That’s why we have closed our gardens at Kew and Wakehurst until further notice to support the guidance on social distancing.

We believe that this is the best way to do our part to tackle the growing pandemic caused by COVID- 19 (coronavirus).

This isn’t a decision that we have taken lightly. We kept our gardens open as long as possible to offer space for tranquility and beauty at this stressful time.  

A core team of expert horticulturalists will continue caring for our world-class collections, where we have some of the world’s rarest and most endangered plants. 

We will ensure that you can once again enjoy our breath-taking landscapes.

Last updated: 22 March 2020


If you have pre-booked a day ticket to Kew or Wakehurst, or have an individual ticket for a specific event, we will be in touch with your options. 

For school visits, see the section below.

As a charity, closing our gates is a difficult choice. 

The income from membership and entry fees supports our vital science and conservation work, helping us and our global partners identify plants that could be our future food or medicines. 

It would make an enormous difference if you were able to donate your ticket to this cause.


Whilst our gardens are closed, we understand you are unable to make the most of your membership at the moment.

To thank you for your ongoing support, we'll be extending your membership for the duration of the time our gardens remain closed. 

In the meantime, we'll continue to bring Kew to you with your regular member e-newsletters and membership magazine. 

As a charity, memberships make a vital contribution to our world-leading conservation and science work. Thank you to those who have declined the extension or simply to send messages of support; your generosity and kindness have never been more important. 

Please note: due to COVID-19, we are currently unable to send members a postal notification of upcoming membership renewals. 

If you have any questions, email (Kew members) or (Wakehurst members)


School visits are cancelled at Kew Gardens until 31 August and Wakehurst until 31 May 2020.

If your school has a visit booked during this time we will be in touch with you regarding the cancellation – please wait to hear from us.

For school visits to Kew Garden: We will be refunding all schools who have been unable to visit between 1 March and 31 August due to the coronavirus pandemicYou will be contacted by us about processing this refund.

Please note our phone lines are closed. 

We are responding to emails as soon as possible.

Our online learning platform Endeavour, is available at all times with plenty of resources to support delivering engaging lessons in plant science and environmental. Take a look at our Learning At Home pages for a sneak peek at what's on offer.


Taking care of yourself

You may have found yourself kept indoors as a result of this outbreak. 

We know that not being able to get out and about in the fresh air can have a serious impact on your mental and physical wellbeing. 

Where you can, try to get some nature into your day. 

Read our tips on bringing the outdoors into your home


Stay part of our community 

Despite this closure, we will continue to share stories, pictures and films that showcase the beauty of our botanic gardens and the ground-breaking advancements made by our scientists.

If you’re feeling lonely, know that you are always welcome in our social community.

We will give you the opportunity to learn, share and join in. 

Keep an eye on our Kew Gardens FacebookTwitter or Instagram or Wakehurst FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

We'd love to hear from you.


Get in touch

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to speak to our team:

Kew Gardens 

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