A view of the Temperate House
kew.org > The world's greatest glasshouse

The world's greatest glasshouse

The spectacular Temperate House is now open. See over 10,000 plants in the world's biggest Victorian glasshouse.

Discover plants from around the world

The Temperate House is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world.

Step inside the magnificent doors to discover some of the rarest and most threatened plants from the earth's temperate regions.

Book online now and save on the price of your ticket



Packed summer schedule

Gnomus: caretaker of the Earth

Gnomus the giant gnome is visiting the Temperate House this summer. Follow him as he shares stories about the amazing plant collection inside.

Follow in the giant's footsteps

Gnomus waits to tour Temperate House

Dazzling aerial display

Watch this breathtaking aerial performance set to a unique musical score in the rafters of the glasshouse.

Come see Harmonic by Cirque Bijou

Orchids

Over 10,000 plants

From the world's loneliest plant to the false banana, learn more about the incredible range of plants in the Temperate House.

Read about the rare and endangered plants inside

Leucospermum conocarpodendron, Temperate House. Copyright RBG Kew

A glasshouse like no other

The Temperate House dates back to 1860, and holds an internationally notable collection of temperate zone plants, including some of the rarest and most threatened. 

It is twice the size of the Palm House, and home to plants from Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Asia and the Pacfic Islands.

Learn more about the greatest glasshouse in the world


Support the Temperate House

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



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.