Planning your training visit

Practical information to help you plan your group visit to Kew Gardens. 

 Alpine plants in the Rock Garden

Guidance for individuals

Prices for individuals

We are pleased to announce that our 2023 individual teacher training days are funded and so there will be no charge for these sessions.

Guidance for groups

Teacher training prices 

  • 1 – 20 attendees, £370 
  • 21 – 40 attendees, £585
  • For groups of 41 or above, please contact us to discuss your booking.

Teacher planning passes 

The lead teacher or group booking organiser can visit the Gardens in advance, to help plan the group visit. 

Once we have received payment for your booking, you will be allocated two free access passes. 

You need to book a timeslot in advance and select 'gift voucher' in the booking process. 

Please show your pre-planning tickets to Kew gate staff on entry to the Gardens.

Risk assessment 

This is a guide to help you develop a risk assessment specific to the needs of your participants and staff. 

Our guide to completing your risk assessment

General information

How your teacher training day will work 

The Gardens open from 10am, and you are welcome to arrive from then.

Sessions begin at 10:30am, so please make sure you arrive with enough time to meet your Kew teacher at the schools meeting point (to the left of the Botanical restaurant, opposite the Palm House) ready to start at 10:30am.

Modules 1 and 2 will take place in the morning between 10.30am and 12.30pm. 

For lunch, please bring a packed lunch. Alternatively, you can purchase food at one of our catering outlets.

Modules 3 and 4 will take place in the afternoon between 1.30pm and 3.30pm. 

The day will finish at 3.30pm. You are then free to explore the Gardens until closing time. Please note that closing time for the Gardens varies seasonally.

Check seasonal opening times

Map of the Gardens

More information on getting here

What to do if your arrival is delayed

If you know in advance that you will be delayed, email us at

If you are unexpectedly delayed on the day, phone us on 020 8332 5627 with your revised arrival time.

What to wear

Be prepared for rain or shine. Please wear suitable, layered clothing for outdoor and tropical conditions and comfortable shoes for walking on grass or pavement. 

What to do in an emergency

Please contact the nearest member of Kew staff or a Kew constable. The emergency number on an internal phone is 333 and external is 020 8332 3333.

Please do not call 999 as ambulance/fire/police crews may take time to find you. It is better coordinated through Kew's own police force who deal with First Aid, security and emergencies.

Getting here

If you're travelling by public transport, we recommend checking the government guidelines for safe travel. 

If you're travelling to Kew as an individual, please follow the general guidance on our getting here page.

Coach and minibus drop off 

Due to parking changes, unfortunately coaches and minibuses can no longer permitted to pick up or drop off groups on Kew Road (A307). The new drop off location is Elizabeth Gate, which is on Kew Green.

Coach parking

Coach parking is available at the following locations:

  • Richmond Athletic Association, Twickenham Road, Richmond, TW9 2SF. Coach parking can be pre-booked. There are special rates for Kew Gardens’ visitors: £25 per day for one coach; £20 each for more than one coach. Pre-book by telephone: 0208 940 0397.
  • Richmond Town Centre, Old Deer Park, Twickenham Road, Richmond, TW9 2RA. Three coach spaces are available at £17.50 per day in the car park run by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames; reservations are not possible.
  • Hampton Court Green, Hampton Court Road. Eight spaces are available at no charge. Reservations are not possible.
  • Hampton Court Station, Hampton Court Way, KT8 9AE. 20 spaces are available at £15 per day in the car park run by Southwest trains. They can be pre-booked by telephone: 0845 6000 650.
Minibus parking

Minibus parking is available at the following locations and also the coach parking locations:

Kew Green

Limited spaces are available on Kew Green. Restrictions apply on residential streets around Kew. Check Richmond council website for parking updates.

Kew Gardens Ferry Lane car park (TW9 3AF), near Brentford Gate

Limited spaces are available in the Kew car park for minibuses.

Cancelling visits

By submitting a school booking form you become liable for payment in full. If you amend or cancel your booking you may incur fees.

Please note that Kew may postpone or cancel a visit or teacher training should it consider it necessary to do so, or if less than ten individuals have registered for one of our individual teacher training days. Please see the Terms and Conditions below for more information.

Terms and Conditions

Teacher Training at Kew Terms and Conditions

Contact us

If you have any queries, please email us at

Alternatively, call us on 0208 332 5627 and a member of our team will be able to help.

Please note, our lines can be busy. We will respond to all voicemail messages as soon as possible.