Artist's impression of Temperate House
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The world's greatest glasshouse

The Temperate House has been closed for five years for Kew's largest renovation project. Come see 10,000 plants in the world's biggest Victorian glasshouse. From 5 May 2018.

Discover plants from around the world

Kew's Temperate House is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world, and home to some of the world’s rarest and most threatened plants.

Explore the rich and varied plant life - you'll find 1,500 species from temperate regions around the world.

Opens 5 May 2018.

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From 5 May 2018

Over 150 years of history

The Temperate House first opened to the public in 1863 and is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world. Throughout its history, the Temperate House has been home to some of Kew's most fascinating and noteworthy plants. 

Find out more about the greatest glasshouse in the world

Photo of plants inside the temperate house

A momentous occasion

Join us to mark the opening of the Temperate House with events and activities throughout the summer. Whenever you choose to visit, you'll find lots to explore and experience. 

Find out more about what's on in the Temperate House on weekdays and weekends over the coming months.

Exterior of the Temperate House

Supported by you

The restoration of the Temperate House would not be possible without the generous support of our donors and supporters. There's still time to play a part in supporting the careful renovation of this most magnificent glasshouse. 

Support the restoration of the Temperate House

Aerial view of the Temperate House


With thanks

Kew would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund, Defra, Eddie and Sue Davies, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, The Linbury Trust, The Hartnett Conservation Trust, and other supporters.

Thanks also to donors supporting the Horticultural and Construction Apprenticeships, including the J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, the Buffini Chao Foundation, Make My Day Better, The Ingram Trust, the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, the Finnis Scott Foundation, the Ernest Cook Trust, CHK Charities Limited, the Sandra Charitable Trust, the Vandervell Foundation, the Radcliffe Trust, the Eranda Foundation, the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, the Lake House Charitable Foundation, the Helen Hamlyn Trust, the February Foundation, and other supporters.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife www.hlf.org.uk.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.