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Climb the Great Pagoda

Venture up 253 steps to the top of the Great Pagoda and enjoy spectacular views across London. Open weekends until 28 October and October half term.

Event details

Open daily 11am to 5pm, last entry 4.30pm. Various timeslots will be available. Open weekends until 28 October and October half term.

Kew Gardens


Normal Gardens entry prices apply.

Add Great Pagoda tickets for:

  • £4.50 (adults), £3.00 (children). Essential carers go free.
  • 10% discount for Friends of Kew. Book online here. 
  • HRP Members go free.

Please note: there are 35 spaces available every 30 minutes. 25 of those slots can be prebooked with your Garden ticket.10 tickets are for sale at the entry gates, or at the Pagoda.

Buy your ticket to Kew and add on your Pagoda climb.

18th century splendour

The Great Pagoda was designed by Sir William Chambers and completed in 1762 as a gift for Princess Augusta, the founder of the botanic gardens at Kew. It offered one of the earliest and finest bird’s eye views of London.

Now, following a major restoration project, you can once again climb the 253 steps to the top of the Great Pagoda and marvel at spectacular views.

Inside the ten-storey octagonal tower our new exhibition will reveal why the Pagoda was built and how the Royal Family used this unique building.

About the restoration

Thanks to the generous support of Sanpower, Historic Royal Palaces in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, have completed a major conservation project which has seen the Great Pagoda returned to its 18th-century splendour.

Dragon from the Great Pagoda

The restoration includes the re-introduction of 80 dragons, which originally adorned the roofs. Some of these new dragons have been carved from wood and gilded with real gold.


Friends of Kew

  • Friends of Kew can enter the Gardens free of charge.
  • Friends of Kew get a 10% discount on Great Pagoda tickets. Enter your membership number in the promotional code box when purchasing tickets.

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Historic Royal Palaces members

  • Historic Royal Palaces members get a 10% discount on Gardens entry.
  • Historic Royal Palaces members can climb the Great Pagoda free of charge. Simply present your membership card.

Everything you need to know

  • The Great Pagoda is a challenging climb of 253 steps. 
  • Do not attempt the climb if you have any health conditions you feel may be made worse by the experience. 
  • Children under 5 years old are not permitted above the ground floor.  
  • Your ticket admits you to the Great Pagoda for a 30 minute timeslot. Latecomers will be accommodated where we can, but if the following timeslot is fully booked, this may not be possible. 
  • To preserve the historic fabric of the building, large bags* may not be brought inside. Lockers are available at Victoria Gate. 
  • The Great Pagoda is situated in the southern end of Kew Gardens, near the Temperate House. Please be aware of the average walking times from the Gardens entrances:

Elizabeth Gate – 30 minutes
Victoria Gate – 15 minutes
Lion Gate – 5 minutes 
Brentford Gate (car park) – 40 minutes 

*A large bag constitutes a bag larger than the normal airline carry-on size (22cm x 35cm x 56cm).