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Prices, planning and practical information

Everything to help you plan and prepare for a enjoyable school visit to Kew.

Booking your visit

First you'll need to decide whether you want to plan your own day or book one of our educations sessions for your students.

If you book a session, we'll provide an itinerary for the day which allows all your students to take part.

We ask all educational groups to book their visit in advance, whether visiting independently or taking part in a Kew-led education session.

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Prices

Students

Up to 35 students £65
36–70 students £100
71–105 students £135
106–140 students £170
141–175 students £205
176–201 students £240
These prices cover the entrance fee per student.

Teachers and adults 

Up to required key stage ratios Free
Adults needed for 1:1 SEN support Free
Adults above the required ratios £11

Education sessions for EYFS – Key Stage 4

45 minute sessions £30 per group (15 students)
90 minute sessions £60 per group (15 students)

Education sessions for Key Stage 5

Half day (1 session) £75 per group (15 students)
Full day (2 sessions) £150 per group (15 students)

Please check our terms and conditions (pdf)


Health and safety

Supervising your group

Adult supervision is required at all times with the following ratios:

  • 1:1 for SEN
  • 1:2 for Early Years
  • 1:5 for Key Stage 1
  • 1:8 for Key Stage 2
  • 1:10 for Key Stage 3
  • 1:12 for Key Stage 4/5

We ask that groups of students are kept to a maximum of 15 in busy areas and a maximum of 10 in White Peaks shop.


Risk assessment

Download our generic risk assessment (pdf), this is a guide to help you develop your own risk assessment, specific to the needs of your students and staff.


What to do in an emergency/lost child/First Aid

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.


Planning your visit

Preliminary teacher visit

We advise you visit the Gardens in advance to plan the day. We provide two free tickets for planning purposes, once we've received payment for your school visit. 

The glasshouses can get busy, so this is a chance to check out all the other exciting places to visit. You can also use this opportunity to:

  • familiarise yourself with the Gardens
  • check attractions and lunch facilities
  • consider distances and the times these will take to cover
  • complete your risk assessment

Remember to check for any planned closures and for last minute closures check @kewgardens on Twitter.


Recommended timings

The Gardens open at 10am throughout the year. We recommend at least 3–5 hours for your visit.

Education sessions run between 10.30am and 2.20pm. If you book a session we give you an itinerary that allows for all your students to take part at some point during the day.

Closing times vary throughout the year, the earliest closing is 3.30pm in mid-winter. Check full opening and closing times for variations throughout the year and specific details of attractions.


Briefing your students

How to be prepared

Take care around

  • lake and ponds
  • moving vehicles
  • poisonous, thorny and spikey plants

Follow the Garden rules and...

  • don't climb trees
  • don't pick or eat anything
  • keep out of areas marked private
  • be prepared for sun, rain, pollen
  • wash hands before eating
  • know where you are going, here's a map of the Gardens

What to bring

We do not have a cloakroom facility so we are unable to store coats, bags or lunches. Your students should be prepared to carry everything, so please pack light.

  • Waterproofs
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Suncream/hat
  • Layered clothing (the glasshouses can be hot)
  • Insect repellent
  • Hay fever medication

Preparing your adults

Make sure all accompanying adults understand the importance of supervising their group, keeping to time and what to do in an emergency.

  • Itinerary for sessions, lunch and leaving time
  • Map
  • Mobile phone numbers for all adults in your group
  • Constabulary number: 020 8332 3333 (for emergencies, lost children and First Aid)
  • Schools number: 020 8332 5627

On the day

Travelling to Kew

We suggest you do not make travel plans until your visit date has been confirmed.

Please enter the Gardens at Victoria Gate (TW9 3JR) on Kew Road.

Check our getting here advice for closest tube and train stations.

Coaches can drop off, pick up and park for free on Kew Road, although space is limited. Please ask your coach driver to not leave the engine idling.


What to do when you arrive

You will be met at Victoria Gate by one of our school group volunteers.

They can suggest the best places to go to avoid the crowds, tell you how long it takes to move around the site, and advise on interesting ways to spend your day.

For education sessions meet in front of The Botanical restaurant, opposite the Palm House (across the pond). On some maps this will be marked as Museum No.1 or the Plants + People exhibition.


If you're running late

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

It is important that you are on site to start the education sessions on time.


Lunch, shop, water fountains and toilets

Lunch

Our lunch area is in Climbers and Creepers, near White Peaks. There are toilets and water fountains nearby.

We allocate 30 minute slots between 11.30am and 1.30pm. You will be given a 30 minute timeslot with your booking. Please arrive and leave on time.

If you are not allocated a slot, or you would prefer, you can also picnic anywhere in the Gardens apart from the restaurants, cafés and glasshouses.


Shop

Our shop is near the lunch venue and stocks a range of pocket-money priced gifts. We allow a maximum of 10 students at one time, always with an accompanying adult.


Water fountains and toilets

Use the map of the Gardens to find water fountains and toilets


After your visit

After your visit we ask you to give feedback  about how you found the experience. 

When we receive your comments we will send a personalised Kew certificate for your school and enter your school into our special prize draw.

1st prize: Free entry into the Gardens, for up to 90 students per visit (up to 7 visits per year)
2nd prize: Full day visit for up to 90 students, including a 90 minute teaching session of your choice
3rd prize: Full day self-led visit for up to 120 students 

Please note: Entries will be drawn on 21 December 2018. Visits must take place from January 2019 – July 2019, subject to availability.


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