Admire the unique landscapes, iconic architecture, and a vast collection of living plants with a visit to Kew Gardens.

Your London Explorer Pass includes . . .

  • General access to the incredible gardens
  • The chance to explore the Palm House, Temperate House, Treetop Walkway, and more

Explore unique landscapes, iconic architecture, and a vast collection of living plants at London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kew Gardens grows more flower species across its 121 hectares than any other garden in the world. It’s the world’s leading botanic garden, where rare and ancient varieties of plants make up the diverse and dynamic landscape.

Explore ten different climatic zones in the Prince of Wales Conservatory, discover over 30,000 different species of plants from tropical rainforests and temperate climates, and get up high and walk amongst the forest canopy.

You can also experience a multi-sensory exhibit at a unique installation, The Hive. This 17-metre tall, open-air structure is designed to encapsulate the story of the honeybee and the importance of pollination through sound and touch.  

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew highlights

Great Broad Walk Borders - stroll down the Broad Walk promenade as you make your way to the Palm House and take in the longest double herbaceous border in the country. Yew trees and flower beds line the Broad Walk, making it a truly spectacular sight to see.

Treetop Walkway -  200-metres long and set 18 metres above the ground, visitors can stroll among the forest canopy and explore this unique ecosystem full of bird and insect life, as well as different fungi and lichen. Please note - the Treetop Walkway closes over the winter period.

The Hive -  a unique, multi-sensory experience, this 17-metre tall aluminum structure was designed by UK-based artist Wolfgang Buttress and opened in 2016. It’s set in a wildflower meadow and explores the complex relationship between plants and pollinators by offering an immersive sound and visual experience. The lights and sounds are triggered by bee activity in a real beehive at Kew Gardens.

Palm House - One of Kew’s most recognisable buildings, the Palm House is an iconic Victorian glass and iron structure. Recreating a rainforest inside, this glasshouse supports a range of tropical plants from all around the world. It was originally built in 1844 by Richard Turner and designed to house tropical plants that Victorian explorers would bring back from their expeditions in the tropics.

Temperate House - twice the size of the Palm House, the Temperate House is the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world. It's home to temperate plants from around the world including Africa, Australia, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific Islands.

Did You Know

  • Kew Gardens is home to one of the smallest police forces in the world. Since 1847, a specialised police force has been responsible for on-site security and nowadays comprises of two sergeants, 12 officers, and one marked car.
  • The world's oldest pot plant, an ancient Jurassic cycad palm from the early 1770s, lives in Kew's Palm House.

Using Your London Explorer Pass

Show your London Explorer Pass at the Fast Track booth at Victoria Gate to gain admission.

How to Get There

London Overground & Underground:
Kew Gardens - District line and London Overground

National Rail Network:
Kew Bridge Station 

The London Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your Explorer Pass at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, then look to the list of other top attractions for your other Explorer Pass admission choices!

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24 & 25 December

For details about last admission times and any planned closures, please click here for changings in opening hours and closure dates. Please check our Closure & Notices page

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Royal Botanic Garden, Kew Richmond TW9 3AB


020 8332 5655