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Kew Gardens, London Overview

A World Heritage Site, London’s Kew Gardens is famous for its sprawling landscape and an impressive collection of flora and fauna. It is home to the world’s most diverse and enchanting species of flora, spread over 121 hectares, and in existence for more than 250 years.

Owing to its contribution to the development of the garden space and to its research in botany, Kew Gardens is famous the world over for it is home to close to 50,000 plants and has the world’s largest seed conservation project going on. The place also has vegetable gardens, tropical glasshouses, ponds, lakes, conservatories and even wildlife.

If you have time in your favour and want to spend a day in the lap of nature, a visit to Kew Gardens for a good part of the day is a must. Enjoy the scenery, eat a hearty meal, and have fun with your family and friends. The place hosts exhibitions as well in the open space for visitors to feast their eyes.

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Entry Prices

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Children GBP 4.50 GBP 6
Adults GBP 15.30 GBP 18
Concessions (students, disabled visitors, senior citizens aged 60+) GBP 13.60 GBP 16

Things to Do in Kew Gardens

- Xstrata Treetop Walkway- 18 metres above ground, 200 metres long, and 118 steps to the top, this metal walkaway is a fun thing to do and gives a pretty view of trees and birds;

- Palm House- A greenhouse structure having lush vegetation with the world’s most rare and even extinct plant species, the Palm House is also known to have the world’s oldest plant, a Jurassic Cycad. To maintain the temperatures for the plants, the air inside is very heavy and humid, but it is a beautiful experience to explore this space;

- Kew Palace- The smallest of the royal palaces where King George III resided, the Kew Palace is located at the banks of River Thames. The infrastructure and setup, including the grand piano in one of the rooms, is mesmerising, and the gardens behind the house are also a pleasing sight;

- Princess of Wales Conservatory- In existence since 1987, the Princess of Wales Conservatory is another glass greenhouse structure at the Kew Gardens, and the most complex one as well, providing a glimpse into the world’s ecosystem and climate changes, all in one place. Visiting this place is a truly unique experience;

- Evolution House- This area is only meant for kids to learn about the evolution of plants.

Timings

1 August – 30 September:- 10 am - 7pm (last entry 6pm)
1 October – 27 October:- 10am - 6pm (last entry 5pm)
28 October – 19 November:- 10 am - 4.15pm (last entry 3.15pm)
20 November – 23 December:- 10am - 3.30pm (last entry 2.30pm)
26 December – 4 January:- 10am - 3.30pm (last entry 2.30pm)
5 January – 31 January:- 10am - 4.15pm (last entry 3.15pm)
1 February – 28 February:- 10am - 5pm (last entry 4pm)
1 March – 29 March:- 10 am - 6pm (last entry 5pm)

Shopping

The place has everything from a book shop with botany-related books, a garden shop to buy plants and other decorations, to a children’s shop. The place also has eating joints, so do make sure to visit Victoria Plaza Terrace Café (open daily from 10 AM-7 PM) for high tea and other accompaniments, or Pavilion Bar & Grill Restaurant (open daily from 10 AM-6 PM) with its outdoor seating for lunch.

How To Reach Kew Gardens

Tube: Kew Gardens- District Line & London Overground (5-minute walk)

Train: Kew Bridge Station (8-minute walk)

Bus: 65, 237, 267, 391

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