Early summer opening hours for Kew members

Exclusively for members: access the Gardens from 8am and enjoy our quiet morning beauty, all summer long.

Visitors walk over the Lake Crossing

Dates and time

Daily from 8am, 1 May to 30 September 2022‡


Kew Gardens

Enter via Victoria Gate on Kew Road or Brentford gate through the pay-and-display car park


Included with membership

Between 1 May and 30 September 2022, Kew members and their guests can enjoy exclusive access to the Gardens from 8am.

Make the most of two hours of extra time in the beautiful morning light before the gates open to non-members at 10am.

Plus, when our glasshouses and galleries open at 10am, you can be among the first to enjoy them!

Why not pick up a coffee and tasty breakfast snack from the Victoria Plaza Café* to get your summer’s day off to a perfect start?

There’s no need to book to make the most of this exclusive member benefit. Simply arrive at Victoria Gate or Brentford Gate with your membership card and a proof of ID.

Children's Garden

Planning on visiting the Children’s Garden?

From 9.15am on Saturdays and Sundays†, the Children’s Garden will also open early for members accompanied by children.

It’s essential to pre-book a time slot for the Children’s Garden. Capacity is limited so please book early.

Book a Children’s Garden time slot

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Important information

  • Early entry to Kew Gardens is for members and allocated guests only. 
  • Members do not need to book a time slot to visit the Gardens. Simply bring along your membership card to scan on arrival. Please also bring proof of ID. 
  • Entry is via Victoria Gate and Brentford Gates only.
  • While Victoria Plaza Café and toilets across the site open at 8am between 1 May and 30 September, all other indoor spaces – including the glasshouses and structures – open at 10am. 
  • Read our guidance to visiting during coronavirus.


*The Victoria Plaza Café and toilets across the site open at 8am for members. Please note all other catering facilities and indoor attractions will open at 10am.

†Excluding Sunday 8 May, Sunday 19 June, Saturday 10 September and Sunday 11 September 2022.

‡Excluding 6 May, 20 May, 10 September and 11 September 2022.

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