3 December 2020
Best things to do at Kew this winter
Breathe in the crisp winter air and enjoy seasonal highlights at Kew Gardens this winter.
Get outdoors for some fresh air and winter fun at Kew.
See amazing art in our galleries, explore our beautiful woodlands, and spot seasonal plants and wildlife.
Go wildlife spotting
Our gardens are full of wildlife, from herons and woodpeckers to badgers and hedgehogs. Our woodland areas provide great cover for our furry friends.
Look around our lakes and ponds to spot bird life. From stealthy grey herons (Ardea Cinerea) to noisy Canada geese (Branta canadensis), bird life can be seen on the water and by the water's edge.
Keep your eyes peeled for woodland birds like jays (Garrulus glandarius) and great spotted woodpeckers (Dendrocopos major) in the Natural Area.
Head to Wakehurst, our wild botanic garden in Sussex, to see a greater variety of wildlife. Wakehurst is home to three species of owl: Tawny owls (Strix aluco), barn owls (Tyto alba) and the little owl (Athene noctua).
Spot seasonal heroes
It may be cold but the Gardens are still thriving with winter greenery.
Take a stroll down Holly Walk near the Temperate House to see one of Europe's most comprehensive holly collections, planted in 1874.
Spanning 40 acres, it's home to a diverse collection of trees including towering redwoods and rare treasures such as our Japanese Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga japonica).
This is the perfect time of year to admire them, particularly when dusted with winter frost on a chilly day.
Christmas at Kew
Plan your perfect winter evening at our magical after-dark trail.
With a brand new route for 2020, you can wander through sparkling archways and starry lanterns. For the first time, the trail will take you through our Rose Garden which will be illuminated with hundreds of twinkling lights.
Treat yourself to delicious street food along the trail from independent traders, and indulge in sweet treats, mulled wine and savoury snacks.