Summer early opening for Kew members

Exclusive for Kew members: Enjoy the quiet tranquility of our Gardens from 8am this summer.

Great Broad Walk Borders, RBG Kew


Daily, 1 May to 30 September (excluding 11 and 26 May, and 9 to 10 September 2023)


From 8am


Kew Gardens

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


Included with membership

No booking required

This summer, enjoy the tranquility of Kew Gardens with exclusive early opening for members and their guests from 8am daily.  

Early openings offer the perfect time to explore five new interactive trails created as part of our summer event The Wander Project.

Wind through Kew’s unique landscape and discover breathtaking installations, near-extinct species, and vibrant collections of plants at their finest.

Visiting from 8am will mean you can beat the crowds and enjoy the trails at a quieter and more peaceful time.

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?

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

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.

Planning on visiting the Children’s Garden?

From 8.15am on Saturdays and Sundays*, the Children’s Garden will also open early for members accompanied by children.

Pre-booking is no longer required to visit the Children’s Garden and there is no limit on the duration of your visit.

The Family Kitchen and Shop will be serving from the window from 8:30am on weekends only.

*Please note this excludes 17 September 2023 owing to a quiet session for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Members are welcome to book onto this session if applicable.

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. 
  • The Family Kitchen and Shop will be serving from the window from 8:30am on weekends only.

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The wander project

Ready to reconnect with nature this summer? Explore five new summer trails in one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.