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“Interesting visit for a dry day.”

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Kew
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 24, 2014

Had not been here since a child, but always wanted to visit again. The orchid displays in the Princess of Wales Conservatory were simply stunning ( this ends on 9th March 2014). Lots of other interesting things to see and do, but really needs a whole day as it is not cheap for a family visit. Best for a dry day as there is a lot of walking between the various features. Some attractions are closed over winter.

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Reviewed February 23, 2014

I have been coming to Kew for nearly 40 years and remember when the entrance fee was 1 pence. It is now some 1500 times more so coming here is not a cheap day out for a family but a few tips will help.

There is something to see all year round but you need a full day if you are to see everything so you are better waiting till the days are longer and the weather forecast is good.

I would suggest a minimum of 2 to 3 hours and if you only have this amount of time start at the Eastern side where there is the highest concentration of attractions - then head West if you have time. Ideally you need 4 hours plus for a leisurely visit or 6 plus hours to see it all.

Look for 2 for 1 entrance ticket offers which are sometimes available from train companies
Bring stout shoes and an umbrella if there is any chance of rain.
Get a map at the entrance and look for seasonal highlights.
Do not bother with the Kew Explorer train as it misses so much and is not regular enough to be really practical to see many of the attractions.
If you cannot walk far book a free electric chair - ahead of your visit. If they are all taken and you have someone to push you you can get a manual chair
Bring your own food as the food at Kew is good but expensive and the cafes can have large queues. Also there are plenty of places to picnic including seats in the Palm House.

Try and make enough time to get to the more isolated parts of the garden away from the crowds as you can look for peacocks or golden pheasants and the vista over to Syon is amazing. If you get yourself immersed in the Arboretum you can pretend you are not in London at all - apart from the aircraft which can be annoying some times.

If you are coming out this way consider afternoon tea at the nearby Maids of Honour, the Kew Gardener Cafe (near Kew Gardens Station) or if you want a special meal try the Glasshouse (again next to Kew Gardens Station) which has a Michelin star.

For a night out - especially on a warm Summer Evening - take the bus or underground a few minutes to Richmond and have a drink or meal by the River Thames.

Dogs are not allowed at all neither are rollerblades, skateboards or scooters.

2  Thank sheepygold
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

One day is not enough to explore the immensity of the Kew Gardens, still, I felt ripped off because many of the sites were closed either because it was a seasonal closing or because some of the sites were undergoing renovation works, I think it would have been correct to at least advertise it on their website, so in these conditions the entrance fee is really overpriced.
The other problem is that the Kew Gardens are located right under the flight path to the Heathrow airport so it is a constant noise all day long with aircraft flying very low above your heads so if you expect a bucolic stroll in the countryside you might be disappoined.
All in all, the experience at Kew was just average.

2  Thank Eric B
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

my wife and went to see the orchids and we did but this is not 24 pounds worth,Kew is in danger of becoming just another garden.It may well do better to emphasize the scientific side of things and leave the entertainment to Disney et al .

Thank johnsul
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Reviewed February 16, 2014

I took a trip with a friend this weekend to Kew to see the 2014 Orchid exhibition and we were not disappointed! The main reason for our trip was for photography and boy, did we get it in abundance! The displays that Kew has organised provided every possible opportunity for some delightful photographic work - still life displays, water features, close-ups...a photographers heaven! We were pleased to see such an array of exotic, some normal, some more exuberant orchids and their relvative species, fruit trees and a number of cacti. The colours were amazing and it was a true delight. I cannot wait to attend in summer this year, or Autumn when the grounds are drier and the flowers are out on display, though I think it may be more than 1 visit!!

Thank kitty_katt2013
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