Children's Garden

A fun, interactive space to climb, run, jump and explore everything that a plant needs to grow.

A boy playing in the Children's Garden at Kew

The water features in the Children's Garden are currently switched off for essential maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Booking is now open for play sessions in the Children's Garden. 

Our exciting new garden is especially designed for children from 2 to 12 years old. 

Based in a natural setting the size of 40 tennis courts, children can explore all the things plants need to grow; earth, air, sun and water.  

Over 100 mature trees are spread over this beautiful landscape, with hidden treasures and adventures around every corner, leading to a 4m high canopy walk wrapped around a 200-year-old oak in the heart of the Children's Garden. 

Advanced booking

To let the kids loose in the Children's Garden, we recommend that you book a free play session for each child to guarantee your place ahead of your visit.

This will allow you to select a 60-minute session in advance of your visit. Tickets will then be scanned either from paper or a mobile device upon entry to the Children’s Garden. 

Each ticket is for one child and two adult supervisors only. Adults may only enter the Children’s Garden when accompanying children.

You will be able to book on the day if there is still availability. 

Quiet sessions

We are offering quiet sessions in The Children’s Garden for children aged 2-12 years with special educational needs and disabilities to make for a more comfortable visit. 

Book tickets to a quiet session

Nearest entrances 

Elizabeth Gate and Brentford Gate

Explore the elements 

Earth Garden 

In the Earth Garden children can weave through a living bamboo tunnel, explore a jungle of large leafed palms and slide down 'worm-hole' tubes.  

There’ll be lots to learn about earth science, from germination to plants with interesting roots. 

Air Garden 

In the Air Garden wander a forest of colourful spinning windflowers, giant pollen spheres and bubbles that imitate seeds floating on the breeze.  

We’ll have hammocks and periscopes so children can enjoy gazing at the sky, and a tree-lined amphitheatre for storytime. And of course, trampolines for the bravest few! 

Sun Garden 

In the Sun Garden follow windy and twisted paths through a ring of sunflowers and pink candy floss grass.  

We’ll have a spectacular show of blossom with a row of cherry trees and hoop frames made of apple and pear trees for a real sensory adventure. 

Water Garden 

In the Water Garden explore our stream and water feature with stepping stones inspired by the giant waterlily. 

Children can clamber over large natural stone boulders, planted with horsetails, ferns and giant rhubarb whilst learning about the vital role of the water cycle. 

Please note: We are only able to allow entry to adults with children, along with a valid ticket. 

Visiting the Children's Garden

Opening times

  • Weekdays, 10.15am to 6.15pm (last entry 5:15pm)

  • Weekends*, 10.15am to 7:15pm (last entry 6:15pm)

We may occasionally need to close attractions for maintenance or visitor safety: check for planned closures and visitor notices before you visit.

 

*9:15am early opening for members on weekends

A family of four enjoys food in a colourful restaurant

NEW Family Kitchen and Shop

With stone-baked pizza, salad bar and ice cream servery alongside great gifts and books, the Family Kitchen & Shop is the perfect pitstop for a family day out. Located next to the Children’s Garden

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