25 July 2019

A child's guide to Kew

Let the children lead the way on an adventure around Kew Gardens this summer.

By Meryl Westlake

Pass the reins to the young ones and let them guide you across acres of our fantastic Gardens this summer. 

Stand high above the trees or burrow deep underground, trek the tropics or step inside the Hive, we've got tips to help your young ones build a fun-filled family day of adventure.

Children playing on the log trail
Children playing on the log trail, Jeff Eden © RBG Kew

What do plants need to grow?

Jump, climb, slide and swing your way through our fantastic new Children's Garden

Find out all the things that plants need to grow as you weave your way through our trampolines, climbing frames and a 4-metre high canopy walkway. 

Please note, you will need to book your free 90-minute timeslot in advance or add it onto your ticket.

Tickets and add ons

Child playing in the Children's Garden
Child playing in the Children's Garden, Ines Stuart-Davidson © RBG Kew
Boy playing in the Children's Garden
Boy playing in the Children's Garden, Ines Stuart-Davidson © RBG Kew

How high can you go?

Feeling brave?

Scale 18 metres to walk through our magnificent Treetop Walkway to bask in one of the finest views of Kew Gardens. 

See what trees and birds you can spot from this great height.

Aerial view of the Treetop Walkway
Aerial view of the Treetop Walkway

Don't forget to eat!

By this time you'll be getting the munchies, so make the most of our family-friendly restaurants and eateries to fuel your adventure. 

Delicious cakes, sandwiches, healthy treats and hot meals are available in food spots around the Gardens. 

Try our brand new Pavilion Bar & Grill. Nestled amongst the trees, it has a generous family sharing platter on its mouth-watering menu.

 

Pavilion Bar and Grill dishes
Pavilion Bar and Grill dishes © RBG Kew
The Pavilion Bar and Grill
The Pavilion Bar and Grill © Ryder Architecture

Explore the world 

Discover 10,000 plants, some of which are rare and endangered, even extinct in the wild, in the huge Temperate House.

Or go tropical and explore our rainforest in the Palm House

Whichever you choose, climb the stairs to our gallery walkway and look down onto a world teeming with life. 

Interior shot of the Palm House with leafy greenery
The Palm House

Go wild underground 

Go off the beaten track and get to grips with our other residents in the Natural Area.

Underground, you can discover the secret world of badgers in our Giant Sett. 

On the surface, meet the butterflies and dragonflies who have made Kew their home. We've even built them a bug hotel so they'll be more comfortable.

Test your balance on our natural log trail or see if you can spot Queen Charlotte's Cottage, one of our rustic royal treasures. 

A child enjoying the log trail
A child enjoying the log trail

Time for a family trail 

Pick up a trail leaflet at any gate and discover the beautiful artworks of Chihuly with our unique guides that give you a special way to view the Gardens.  

Dale Chihuly's Summer Sun
Dale Chihuly, Summer Sun, 2010 © Chihuly Studio

Buzz like a bee

Have you ever wondered what a hive might sound like?

Step inside our award-winning installation The Hive and experience what a real beehive might be like.

One thousand lights glow to the rhythm of the bees that live in the Gardens.

Need anymore tips for your trip? Grab a copy of the new Kew Children's Guide book for activities, facts and quizzes. 

The Hive at Kew Gardens
The Hive at Kew Gardens

Shop

Our online and Gardens' shop has a range of products to keep the kids interesting in plants and nature.

A couple enjoy The Temperate House

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