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Introduction to the Gardens

Gain an insight into Kew’s history, plants, science and seasonal highlights. Daily throughout the year.

Event details

Daily at 11am and 1.30pm – tours last one hour
Tours start at the Guides Desk, Victoria Plaza

Included with entry price to the Gardens

Event overview

About the tour

On this tour Kew guides will introduce you to the history and role of Kew, the scientific work that goes on behind the scenes, seasonal highlights, and at least one glasshouse.

Tours last approximately one hour and are for individual/casual visitors to the Gardens. There is a limit of 15 people per tour and places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register with the guide 15 minutes before the tour begins.

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If it is very windy or rainy, tours may be kept inside the glasshouses for your comfort.  

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Group tours

For groups of six or more please arrange a bespoke tour, these tours require booking and payment in advance.
More about bespoke walking tours for groups

Community and Access tours

Tours are also available for visitors with limited mobility, learning disability or sensory loss.
Find out more about our Community and Access programme

Special interest tours

We have 65 enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteer guides. Our guides offer special themed tours which often go behind the scenes to areas of the Gardens not normally open to the general public.
More about Meet the experts guided tours