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Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Kew
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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 August 20, 2006

My mum and I visited Kew Gardens last week. We were lucky with the weather - it was sunny all day. The entry was GBP 11.75 per person but if you come here by train, don't forget to take a voucher book at any Train station - you will get GBP 3 off per person!
This year they opened the Pagoda (first time after 31 years). It cost 3 GBP to go to the top. You have to buy the tickets for Pagoda in advance when you entre the Gardens and they offer you a specific time (I think there are 30 minutes intervals). There is 253 steps which you have to climb but the views are worth it. When we got back down we got a certificate that we climbed on top :)
My favourite was the main pond at the far end of Kew Gardens. Mum loved the Japanese corner and the 'glass houses'.
All in all it was a lovely day and I would definitely go there again!

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Reviewed July 9, 2004

The Kew Gardens was amazing. I really enjoyed looking at the different plants from all over the world. I'm not really that interested in botany, but this is a must for gardeners. Gift shop and benches- there is plenty of shade if it gets too hot. I'd like to go again sometime. The people at Kew really have the best green thumbs!

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Reviewed August 19, 2003

The acres of landscaped gardens and glasshouses full of unusual plant displays at Kew provide enough variety to keep green-thumbed visitors fascinated for days. The rest of us (especially those with children) probably will want to devote two or three hours to simply walking the grounds. A fun fact for bored children: look for the largest flagpole in the United Kingdom, located on the garden grounds.Kews elaborate glasshouses are full of surprises. In the basement of the Palm House there is a kid-sized aquarium exhibit. It is not the high tech London aquarium, but the Kew exhibit is just right for a ten-minute visit. The aquarium thoughtfully provides step stools which children can use to get eye-to-eye with the fish.Kew Gardens glasshouses have some record holdersthe worlds oldest potted plant is here. Anyone who has killed numerous house plants will be amazed that this plant has survived since 1775. Kew also has the worlds tallest indoor plant (in 1985 it was 80 feet tall). Visiting children may or may not be impressed with all the plants, but kids invariably climb the spiral staircases up to the elevated walkways which encircle the top of the glasshouses. If you lose track of a child, be sure to look up.Kews Evolution House is another favorite of children and many adults. These evolutionary plants literally crawl out of primordial ooze that bubbles up near the entrance to the exhibit. The Evolution House is an animated presentation of freshman high school plant biology, cleverly depicting the evolution of plants from the Earths creation up to modern day. While touring the Evolution House, kids can look for dinosaur tracks and spot eagle-sized dragonflies perched on prehistoric tree trunks.

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Reviewed February 28, 2003

I visited Kew the last week in February and, granted, lucked out with 57 degrees and a sunny day. It's only a 20-minute or so trip to Kew via the Underground, and the signs are well posted to direct you to the Garden, which is a few blocks away. This is a wonderful excursion for anybody, taking you as it does to a charming outlying village and into a huge expanse of green lawns (which you're welcome to walk on), hundreds of varieties of trees and literally thousands of plants from around the world, growing indoors and out, all well labeled. One charming vista follows another, offering a relaxing and meditative break from the bustle of London. A tram is available to take visitors round the gardens; it's a great walk, though. (OK, the walk along the Thames is less than spectacular; stick to the grounds.) The gift shop is terrific. Though Kew has a cafe, I'd recommend tea at Kew Greenhouse, which is located among the small shops just off the tube. The pastries are fabulous, reasonably priced, and the atmosphere is charming.

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