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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

This spectacular UNESCO site is a gorgeous public park and an important center of botanical research. 

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is a 300-acre (121-hectare) World Heritage Site, home to the largest collection of living plants on the planet. Whatever the weather, there’s lots to enjoy at this special attraction located just 30 minutes from the center of London.

Initially established in the late 18th century, the gardens were opened to the public in 1840. Funded by royals and developed by landscapers, architects and botanists, the gardens have made many important contributions to botanical research over the years.

One of the landmarks in the garden is the 19th-century Palm House, a domed building constructed from wrought iron and curved sheets of glass. It houses a re-created rainforest environment where you'll find an array of exotic species, including rubber plants and cocoa trees. Be sure to find out more about the building; it's an engineering masterpiece.

Take a walk along the Treetop Walkway, which offers a different perspective of a tree canopy from 59 feet (18 meters) up in the air. In the Princess of Wales Conservatory, see species from 10 climate zones, including cacti, orchids and giant waterlilies. Don't miss The Hive, a construction that aims to show you, through sound and visuals, what inside a beehive is like. Talk to one of the Explainers on hand at The Hive to learn more about this extraordinary experience.

There's also a large rock garden and alpine house, spectacular double herbaceous borders, a lake, grass garden, botanical art gallery, veggie plots and more.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is open daily, although hours vary by season. Check the official website to find out when there are scheduled closures. Free guided tours are available twice daily. There's also the Kew Explorer land train, which takes you on a tour of the gardens for a fee. To reach the gardens, ride the tube to Kew Gardens station or take one of the riverboat cruises that depart regularly from Westminster Pier during summer.

Popular Activities at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Want to make your visit to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew even more unique? Remember to try out some of these activities:

Want to know what there is to do at this fascinating attraction? Our suggestion would be buying a Skip-the-Line Kew Gardens Tickets.

Have a look at our Richmond things to do page to discover more activities while you're here.


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The Coach & Horses $152
Reviewed on May 24, 2019
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The Coach & Horses

The Coach & Horses

8 Kew Green, Richmond, England
     
    4.5 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Great location, Cleaning of doors and walls should be looked at.

    Grand Apartments Kew Gardens $214
    Reviewed on Jun 5, 2019
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    Grand Apartments Kew Gardens

    Grand Apartments Kew Gardens

    Easton House, Heritage Walk, Brentford, Brentford, England
       
      4.6 of 5
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nice and spacious, Nicely decorated - brand new kitchen

      Spacious 2BR W\car Parking Walk to Kew Gardens
      Spacious 2BR W\car Parking Walk to Kew Gardens

      Spacious 2BR W\car Parking Walk to Kew Gardens

      Brentford, England
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Brentford, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Griffin Park Stadium and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Kew Palace is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away. Kew Bridge Station is 7 minutes by foot and Gunnersbury Underground Station is 18 minutes.

        2 Bed Property Close to Heathrow Airport
        2 Bed Property Close to Heathrow Airport

        2 Bed Property Close to Heathrow Airport

        Apartment 15, Brentford Properties, Brentford, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Brentford, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Griffin Park Stadium and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Kew Palace is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away. Kew Bridge Station is 7 minutes by foot and Gunnersbury Underground Station is 19 minutes.

          Blissful one bed Near the River
          Blissful one bed Near the River

          Blissful one bed Near the River

          Apartment 18, Brentford Properties, Heritage Place, Brentford, England
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Brentford, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Griffin Park Stadium and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Kew Palace is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away. Kew Bridge Station is 7 minutes by foot and Gunnersbury Underground Station is 19 minutes.

            Penthouse 2BR W\car Parking Walk to Kew Gardens
            Penthouse 2BR W\car Parking Walk to Kew Gardens

            Penthouse 2BR W\car Parking Walk to Kew Gardens

            Brentford, England
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Brentford, this romantic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Griffin Park Stadium and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Kew Palace is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away. Kew Bridge Station is 7 minutes by foot and Gunnersbury Underground Station is 18 minutes.

              Luxurious 2 bed in Kew Bridge
              Luxurious 2 bed in Kew Bridge

              Luxurious 2 bed in Kew Bridge

              Apartment 14, Brentford Properties, Hounslow, Brentford, England
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Brentford, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Griffin Park Stadium and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Kew Palace is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) away. Kew Bridge Station is 7 minutes by foot and Gunnersbury Underground Station is 18 minutes.

                Kew Bridge Apartments (Peymans) $176
                Reviewed on Feb 27, 2019
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                Kew Bridge Apartments (Peymans)

                Kew Bridge Apartments (Peymans)

                57-59 Kew Bridge Road, Brentford, England
                   
                  3.2 of 5
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  It was good experience staying at kew bridge apartments very hand for bus stop good area nice and clean. Just the lift wasn’t working there and just few bits missing like hair dryer , Iron stand. Overall had very good experience Had extra duvets pillows and towels that was Good .