Discovery and Access Programme

Join us for inclusive tours and workshops. We work with people with disabilities, sensory impairments and health conditions to offer accessible learning opportunities for everyone.

Couple walking along woodland walkway in winter

Enjoy the great outdoors and learn more about the amazing world of plants and fungi. 

Our accessible tours and events welcome people with and without disabilities to learn more about our science, history and horticulture. You are welcome to join our tours and events on your own, or with your carers, friends or family.  

All our tours and workshops are open to groups and individuals who are members of Kew’s Community Access Scheme (CAS). 

  • Health walk

    Health walks

    Explore Kew’s beautiful surroundings on one of our Health Walks.

    Designed for residents of Hounslow, Richmond, Hammersmith & Fulham and Ealing with disabilities, health conditions, and/or dementia. 

  • Tai chi, community access scheme

    Plants and wellbeing

    Enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of nature through activities such Tai Chi and Herbal Tea, nature-inspired art sessions and more.

  • Syon vista

    Out of hours access events

    Exclusive opportunities to enjoy the Gardens outside of general entry times. 

    Designed for people who benefit from visiting at quieter times (for example, people with autism spectrum conditions or sensory processing differences). 

  • 'Norway maple', Acer platanoides

    Learning resources

    Accessible maps and activities to get more from your self-guided visits. 

Accessible tours

  • Hamamelis intermedia (witch hazel)

    Sensory tours

    Designed for visitors with sight loss, this sensory experience gives you the chance to touch and smell plants and other features in the Gardens. Tours are led by one of our specially-trained tour guides. 

    Coming soon

  • Blossom in the Woodland Garden

    British Sign Language tours

    Our British Sign Language tours are for anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing. Enjoy a fascinating overview of the Gardens, its history and important scientific work. 

    Coming soon

  • Cherry blossom on branches in spring

    Dementia-friendly health walks

    Join us for a relaxing, gentle walk through Kew Gardens. Designed for people living with dementia and their carers.

    Coming soon 

Get in touch

Email discovery@kew.org or call us on 07341114533 to book or for more information.

If you are not a member of our Community Access Scheme, but would like to join us for a member's event, please contact us.

Need assistance to support your visit? Please get in touch and we will do everything we can to make your experience enjoyable and comfortable. Have a look at our accessibility information to help you plan your visit. 

If you are interested in volunteering on the Discovery & Access programme, please contact discovery@kew.org