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

London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site (designated in 2003), Kew Gardens grows more flora species across its 121 hectares than any other garden in the world. From the gardens to the nurseries and beyond, Kew Gardens is the world’s leading botanic garden where diverse, rare and ancient varieties of plants make up the diverse and dynamic landscape.

Less than 30 minutes from Central London, Kew Gardens offers a truly unique day out. Explore ten different climatic zones in the Great Glasshouses where you can discover over 30,000 different species of plants from tropical rainforest and temperate to arid and alpine climates.

Get up high and walk amongst the forest canopy as you walk along the Treetop Walkway, 18 metres above the ground. Enjoy a multi-sensory experience at new installation The Hive, a 17-metre tall, open-air structure designed to encapsulate the story of the honeybee and importance of pollination through sound and touch.  

Highlights

Great Broad Walk Borders
Stroll down the stunning 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 along the forest canopy and explore this unique ecosystem full of bird and insect life as well as different fungi and lichen.

The Hive
A unique, multi-sensory experience, this 17 metre tall aluminium structure was designed by UK-based artist Wolfgang Buttress and opened in 2016. The open-air installation is 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 ina real beehive at Kew Gardens.

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

Did You Know

  • Kew Gardens has its own police force! Since 1847, a specialised police force has been responsible for on-site security. With two sergeant, 12 officers and one marked car, it is one of the smallest police forces in the world.
  • The world's oldest pot plant, an ancient Jurassic Cyad palm from early 1770s is housed in Kew's Palm House.
  • Suffragettes Lilian Lenton and Olive Wharry burned down The Tea House in 1913 in a string of arson attacks around the capital 

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

Kew Gardens (District line and London Overground)

Kew Bridge Station (National Rail Network)

The London Explorer Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your 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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Address:

Giardino botanico reale di Kew Kew, Surrey TW9 3AB

Telephone:

020 8332 5655