Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Kew is London's largest UNESCO World Heritage site offering unique landscapes, vistas and iconic architecture from every stage of the Gardens' history. Our collection of living plants is the largest and most diverse in the world, growing out in the landscape and within our glasshouses and nurseries.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • kursan
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    wonderful in spring and fall
    This is my second trip there. If you are coming from central london make sure to take the tube rather than a taxi which would be prohibitively expensive. Alternatively, I took the # 94 bus which is available all the way along the north perimeter of Hyde Park to Turnham Green stop and then took the overground which has a stop right at Kew. Take your walking shoes --everything is spread out and you will walk at least 5 km before you've seen everything. Great gift store with lots of seeds. Food offerings are mostly veggie aimed but delicious in 2 cafes. don't miss the Japanese garden.
    Visited September 2022
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Mohammad A
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit Gardens in London
    It was a nice experience to visit Kew Gardens. The garden was huge and needs at least 1 full day experience every part of the park starting from the Royal Botanic Gardens, to the Hive. There are lots of things to do there and you need to be lucky with the weather :).
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Paul B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kew Gardens with Afternoon Tea
    What a lovely birthday treat. From the moment we went through the entrance until we left 6 hours later it was a wonderful experience. So much to see, glad we did an initial reccy on the Kew Explorer. The running commentary was very informative. Afternoon Tea was 'the icing on the cake'. Eyes bigger than bellies springs to mind !! Had to admit defeat and take the remainder with us for train journey home . Staff were courteous, attentive and full of enthusiasm. It was all run like a well oiled engine. Will definitely be making a return visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Smittywall
    Bad Axe, Michigan74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful grounds! Very peaceful.
    Wonderful gardens. Visited the tree walk, hive, palace, rose garden and palm house. Well maintained. The Kew Palace was interesting but very sad, I didn't he know King George was treated so poorly there.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 8, 2023
  • tasgard
    Hobart, Australia262 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Amazing experience
    Kew Gardens is an amazing place, easy to see why it is one of the most visited attractions in the UK. There are acres of gardens, formal and informal, woodlands but there are also so many unique buildings to explore, the Palm House, the Temperate House, Kew Palace, Water Lilly house, the list goes on. The place is a photographer’s paradise, surprising colours, contrasting forms and textures, lighting challenges with the changes from bright interiors to shady woodland. I would suggest that the visitor checks the website before going to prioritize their time because you will not see everything and experience the tranquillity and wonder of the gardens if you try to get around everything in one or two hours. Realistically several visits would be ideal if you can. We chose to see in and around all the buildings on the first visit and that took three hours. Fortunately, the grounds are mostly flat so the long walks planned for our next visit should not be to arduous.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 9, 2023
  • ChrissieWilliams81
    Wyong Creek, Australia528 contributions
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    Christmas at Kew
    This was our first time seeing Christmas at Kew and it was magical. You follow a one way light trail that takes you through a magical adventure. Lights and sounds surround you. There are delicious food carts too along the way. Dress warm because it’s chilly.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Sprigers
    Denver, Colorado27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Budget a full day for Kew Gardens
    I spent an entire day at Kew Gardens from opening to closing. The greenhouses with the special collections/exhibits of plants are fabulous. The species trees throughout the grounds are marvelous. I loved enjoying lunch at one of the cafes, sitting at a table outside, writing postcards, as it was the end of my 2 week England trip. The special exhibits about future food and other sustainable exhibits were really interesting. There was also a special exhibit about a village in Africa - made with recycled plastic, native music playing and visiting residents that you could talk to and ask questions.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written July 15, 2023
  • GTSSurrey
    Bisley, United Kingdom1,010 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic day out.
    Fabulous day out in these world renown gardens. From some great glasshouses, treetop walks and historic follies together with beautifully maintained plant displays these was something for everyone her. Lots of healthy walks on mainly flat pathways. Well signposted so you can find you way around with ease. We did have one issue on our visit that is worth noting. I purchased advance tickets for my grandkids to climb the pagoda and bring us some photos from the inside/top. On the day they were reused entry as under 16s can't climb alone for some H&S issue. Staff were very nice about the refusal and I will get a refund of the cost. The online system should be amended to stop this type of booking but in case it has not been it is worth noting. Would certainly visit again and can thoroughly recommend.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 2, 2023
  • 61Rose
    Gloucester, United Kingdom95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic day, in early August
    Had a wonderfully warm day at Kew Gardens, decided to join as a joint membership therefore taking a person each free, this enabled the four of us to visit one evening and again the next day and also get 10% discount in the gift shop which is excellent value. The great borders were stunning, also the waterlily house was amazing. The Palm house was very interesting. We also visited the two art galleries, Shirley Sherwood and Marianne North, plus two of us ventured to the Treetop Walkway, the other two (us) getting too tired so went to the Plaza cafe, where they had excellent coffee, an array of sandwiches to suit all tastes, also vegan sausage rolls, all good choices but very expensive and not much filling in some of them. The staff worked extremely hard, especially the barista, he was like lightening. We also visited the Princess of Wales Conservatory where there was an array of different plants, orchids, waterlilies, carniverous plants etc. We didn't see half of the gardens, we walked four miles each day which was plenty for us. A really enjoyable day and we will obviously return on our membership tickets. Before visiting I asked the customer services team various questions and found them to be extremely helpful , they may take a day or two to respond so always ask ahead of your visit if you're not sure of anything. Mobility scooters can also be hired, but once again book ahead of your visit .
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Wonderar
    Stevenage, United Kingdom1,047 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice trip overall but exhausting!
    We were gifted a voucher for Kew for Christmas and finally made it. Entry a bit of a shambles as took time for each booth to issue tickets. We wanted to see Kew Palace first which we really enjoyed with docents dressed in period clothing. Also the palace kitchens which were left as they were. The site is huge so trying to see everything in one go was a bit of a struggle and did not manage to see all of it, but fitted in the conservatories, tree top walk and a walk to the pagoda. There is a separate entry fee for this. I really think this is more of a plant museum and was expecting it to be more like any National Trust gardens which are pretty spectacular. Because of this doubtful if we would return. Also under the Heathrow flight path so planes going over every few seconds. Ok at first but annoying after a while.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2023
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jjcantab
London, England38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I visited during one of our recent stormy weekends.

The orchid exhibit on in the Princess of Wales Conservatory was gorgeous and a beautiful refuge from our traditional British wet winter weather. Also the recently renovated Temperate House was impressive. It was a shame however that the giant waterlilies (one of my favourites from past visits) were not there as some renovation was being done in the lily house.

I’m concerned that Kew is being mismanaged and / or underfunded by the government. The ticket prices are very high (£18 for adults, before transport costs / café visits etc.). Without being asked and with all of the charm of a NYC subway ticket booth operator (as the intercom wasn’t working) I was nearly charged £19.80 for my ticket with “suggested donation” and then hounded to take out an annual membership. The gardens are advertised as open until 17.00 but the orchid exhibit stopped allowing visitors in at 16.00, and the other glass houses did the same at 16.30. On a wet, windy day the glass houses were among the few exhibits most visitors could comfortably see – was it not possible to divert staff to these locations to offer a full afternoon to the paying public?

I hope that Kew can address this to make it more accessible to all, as it is inspiring and educational for children and adults alike.
Written February 17, 2020
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Hi, thank you for taking the time to leave a review and it's great to hear that you enjoyed the orchid festival and the Temperate House. Due to the lack of light, The Waterlily House closes throughout the winter and the whole glasshouse is replanted each year. It will reopen in spring and I'm sorry that you weren't able to see the waterlilies on your visit. Thank you for your suggestion about the glasshouse opening times too, I will ensure that this is fed back to the Garden operations team and taken on board.
Written February 19, 2020
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peacefullife
London, UK173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
On a brisk Valentine's Day we decided to visit Kew Gardens. It was very busy for a Friday. No on-street parking but we did not begrudge the £7 parking fee in the car park as the money goes to Kew Gardens. It was no where near as busy as the summer months but the palm house and cafes were full. The Orchid exhibition is worth a visit and we were in there for nearly 2 hours. We can see why Kew Gardens cafes are using their compostable cups, recyclable cans and have reduced plastic wrapping on food and applauded it. Charging 15p per drink extra to recycle the cup is not a very popular idea. Encouraging people to bring their own reusable cubs needs more publicity. It is not cheap to eat at Kew Gardens so take your own food if you can. But do not let that stop you visiting these wonderful gardens. Spend the day. Go early to avoid the crowds and to ensure you get parking. The land train is fun and worth using. Make the most of it during your visit by hopping on and off throughout the day, as at £5 per person it is expensive especially if you just go a couple of stops. To visit the royal kitchens, pagoda, Queen Charlotte's cottage, dells, tree top walkway, Japanese Gardens, hot houses, the hive, gallerys, views etc. etc. etc. you will need more than one day. It is well worth several return trips.
Written February 17, 2020
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Yasmin H
Slough, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Had a fab day out to Kew on Sat 8th Feb with friends. Made the most of a sunny dry day in Feb!
Online booking is worth saving a couple of quid.
Would highly recommend seeing the Indonesian Orchid exhibition which is currently on. It was fabulous and there was no extra cost it was included in the entrance fee which was a big bonus.
Just ensure you book your time slot to see the Orchids when you book your ticket onlineand arrive 15 mins beforehand.
Ladies if you don’t want your hair to frizz up ensure you have some head cover as the orchids are being sprayed by a fine fine mist of water regularly! Luckily I had a wide scarf to cover my freshly straightened hair!
Overall a great day out for getting plenty of fresh air and exercise whilst appreciating the beauty of nature.
The gift shop located at Victoria Gate offers a good range of gift ideas or for treating yourself.
The major disappointment of the day was that the restaurants are a bit pricy. We will definitely be taking a picnic next time.
The other downside is that the main carpark at Brentgate is quite small for such an iconic tourist spot so get there first thing. Otherwise arriving by tube or overground train can be a good alternative.
Will definitely be going back as soon as the spring blooms start surfacing. Can’t wait to see the colourful rose gardens too.
Enjoy!
Yasmin
Written February 10, 2020
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helitour2017
Cambridge, UK5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Kew was, as expected marvellous, with the exception of charging model. Slots have to be booked and it is the same price for entry at the start of the day as it is for 2pm entry. We were most unimpressed that all the houses were closing at 3pm. Various websites have different information about closing times (15:00, 16:14 and 18:00) and there is no mention on the tickets or confirmation emails that the attraction closes so early. Whilst 3 pm is mentioned on the website it is hidden away and not immediately obvious, especially difficult when booking on a phone as most tourists probably do. After paying £35 to get in and £7 for the carpark we were very disappointed to only have an hour to see all that Kew has to offer.
The staff we met were extremely good and helpful but the policy of charging a day rate for an hour's visit is mean and unnecessary.
We also found the signage inadequate with no directions to the exit/car park. Such a shame that the wonders of Kew were sullied by poor information. I'd highly recommend visiting Kew but only if you can get an early slot. The website should make it much clearer to those booking afternoon slots that they will be asked to leave at 3 pm!
Written October 31, 2020
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M U
London, UK43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
I often visit Kew as there is always something new to see. If you live in London I would recommend getting a season ticket as it soon covers the cost of your admission and you can bring a guest for free too.
Was a little disappointed with this years orchid festival , not as stunning as previous years. Ordered timed admission tickets on line but was told to wait outside in a line while those turning up without tickets were told to go straight in!!!
The shop is interesting but very expensive as are the cafes.
Written February 19, 2020
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PavlH
Berkshire, England386 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Went with my wife and mother in law for the day.

Charged £19 for entry including a small donation to research.

That was bad enough but when you get to the cafe nd they want nearly £5 for a muffin it shows how they are just trying to get as much of your money as they can get away with.

We looked at the afternoon tea but at £34 each, it was just far more than we were prepared to pay.

Needless to say, I won't be returning any time soon.

Written March 16, 2020
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michalaL
Bexleyheath, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Lovely trip to kew today. Orchids beautiful but please be aware to take your own cup if you visit their cafe/ shop. They only offer single use cups but have sign saying if you choose single use cups they will charge an extra 15p per drink. Not sure what the other option is as there were no normal cups there. A customer in front challenged the staff who rudely just pointed at the sign. What a let down. The cups are compostable so not going to land fill but the charge goes to the consumer. So if news a hot drink use the orangery where there are mugs and tea pots available.
Written March 14, 2020
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Evec71
Shoreham-by-Sea, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
The weather was pretty good on the day we went, as it was an almost rain free day, although it was chilly.
Didn't manage the whole of Kew, only about a third, as it's an extensive place. If you are disabled, the area that we covered, is mostly accessible. It was slightly irritating that there were a few things that were out of operation, or closed.
There were lots of geese enjoying the dry day and the few rays of sunshine too. Saw lots of parrots flying about the grounds, which was a total surprise and when we perused one of the glass houses, also thankful for the much needed warmth it provided, we caught sight of a Robin flying, listening to theirs and other birds singing their songs.
Even a cute little deer came hurtling through the gardens by the Princess of Wales glasshouse. The poor thing did look a bit spooked and disorientated. A gardner was surprised and delighted to see one, even admitting that it was the first one he had seen in quite a while.
I was disappointed that we couldn't get up to the tree walk, as the lift looked like it had been out of operation for a long time. I found it such a shame as I truly would have loved to have seen the view.
The work of Marianne North is absolutely fantastic. So much detail in her compositions and the whole building full from floor to ceiling of her artwork. Again though, the interactive area was also in need of repair as the screens were not working and neither was the video, you could only hear the audio.
As usual though, the cafe's are overpriced along with the various gift shops within the area.
Would we go back again?? Most probably. Hoping that the repairs and availability of disabled access addressed. As for parking at Kew, my satnav took me to the Elizabeth gate, where there are only 3 parking spaces that I'm aware of. There was also at the time, road works blocking access and resulting in restricted parking in the vicinity. I am not sure about the amount of spaces there are at the other areas.
Written March 6, 2020
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MikeCMelbourne
Melbourne, Australia202 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
This review is for Christmas at Kew and not the Kew Gardens in general. I felt it was not worth the money as it was simply some lights adorn on trees at night. I felt underwhelmed by the whole thing. I am not sure why some people think it is fantastic. Maybe they have never been outside of England. For a cheaper entrance fee, please visit Tokyo's Teamlab Borderless and you will understand Christmas at Kew is amateurish and is a joke. Many places put up better light shows for free.

Kew Garden is great in horticulture but adorning trees with light is not their expertise. I would highly recommend a visit to Kew Garden but not to Christmas at Kew.
Written January 15, 2020
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Hi, thank you for taking the time to leave a review and I'm sorry to hear that you were disappointed with Christmas at Kew. All feedback is greatly appreciated and I'll ensure that this is shared with the events team.
Written January 28, 2020
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Richard F
Swindon, UK1,665 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We visited here in a very windy, but thankfully warm, day at the end of August. We used a corporate membership and an emergency services blue card card to get two free tickets and two discounted tickets. This made it only £19 for five (four adults plus a one-year old). Good value if you can remember to use these if you have them.

In the current restrictions, it was a good visit as you can still enjoy the majority of the gardens with only short queues into the greenhouses and some small areas closed or restricted. This does rely on it being reasonable weather though.

The most frustrating piece was the parking at Brentford gate where there was some inconsiderate parking meaning one car taking the potential space of two or three. We managed to get the very last space almost on the corner of the entrance road.

Food and drink is high cost so taking your own picnic is best value too. Also, to save picking up a map, download the map image from the website to your phone.
Written August 26, 2020
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