Treetop Walkway 

Take a walk through the treetop canopy to discover magical views of the Gardens.

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The Treetop Walkway is currently closed for essential maintenance.

Towering 18 metres above the ground, the Treetop Walkway is a chance to get closer to Kew’s trees. 

From its heights you can observe the complex ecosystem of the trees' uppermost branches, a world teeming with birds and insects, lichen and fungi.  

At ground level, sculptures carved from tree trunks illustrate microscopic elements of trees to explain how they grow. A path leads you below ground to the Rhizotron, an underground lab constructed to study the soil.  

Whatever your vantage point, it’s a tree-lined path with a twist, offering a glimpse into the secret life of woods and forests.   

Visitor information   

  • Last entry is 45 minutes before the Gardens close. 
  • There are 118 steps up to the walkway in total. 
  • There is a lift available for visitors with disabilities or mobility-impairments. Please check the status of the lift before arranging your visit.  
  • We may need to close the walkway in bad weather or for maintenance. Please check our visitor notices and closures.  
  • Please leave buggies at ground level and ensure children are supervised at all times.  
  • The walkway is designed to flex slightly in the wind to prevent damage.  
  • In an emergency, please use the intercom at the lifts or call 020 8332 5121. 

Get closer to nature 

Walk through the branches of sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa), beech (Fagus sylvatica), horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) and different oak (Quercus) species that border the walkway.  

Treetop Walkway viewed from the ground

Made from over 400 tonnes of weathered steel, the walkway’s rusted columns are designed to blend in with the natural environment.  

Its subtle design creates an elevated path that is at ease with its surroundings, a gentle invitation to connect with nature. 

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Did you know?

The Treetop Walkway is open until one hour before the Gardens close. Please see our opening times for full details.