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Kew Gardens Tours

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Kew Gardens
With 326 acres (121 hectares) of exotic plants, woodland trails, and lily ponds, plus 30,000-plus plant species, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew offer an idyllic escape for Londoners. As well as being one of London’s most visited outdoor attractions, the gardens are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and house one of the oldest and most significant botanical collections in the world. 

The Basics
Accessible via hop-on hop-off bus, the botanical gardens at Kew make for an excellent day-out destination. Entrance tickets to Kew Gardens allow visitors to explore the park’s many attractions independently or via an optional guided walking tour. Step into The Hive, a multi-sensory sculpture designed to demonstrate the extraordinary life of bees; traverse a 60-foot-high (18-meter) treetop walkway; explore plants from 10 climate zones in the Princess of Wales Conservatory; and stroll through the  arboretum, a living library of over 14,000 trees. The London Pass offers entrance to Kew Gardens along with a hop-on hop-off bus tour of other local attractions, such as Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Visitor facilities include five cafés and restaurants, three souvenir shops, restrooms, and picnic areas.
  • The Kew Explorer land train leaves hourly from Victoria Gate Plaza and takes visitors on a full tour of the gardens in 40 minutes.
  • Bikes, scooters, skateboards, and rollerblades are prohibited throughout the park.
  • Kew Gardens is a protected area, so kids should not climb trees, play ball games, or pick flowers.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available onsite.
  • Kew Gardens is accessible to wheelchairs and mobility scooters (although certain attractions may be off-limits), and concession tickets are available.

How to Get There
Kew Gardens is located in Richmond, roughly eight miles (30 kilometers) from central London, a journey of about 30 minutes by road or 25 minutes by London Underground. The closest tube station is Kew Bridge Station on the District line, which is a short walk from the Elizabeth Gate at the park’s eastern border. You can also walk to the Lion Gate (southwest corner) from Richmond Station or the Victoria Gate (southern border) from Kew Gardens station. 

When to Get There
Kew Gardens is open year-round and the wide variety of seasonal plants and flowers make it worth visiting at different times of the year. The gardens are busiest from July through August, so plan to arrive early to avoid crowds. Early to mid-spring is a good time to see colorful flowers, while wintertime makes it easy to time your visit to coincide with one of the site’s many special holiday events.

Seasonal Events at Kew Gardens
As well as daily guided walking tours and a range of special exhibitions and art displays, Kew hosts special seasonal events and festivals year-round. Highlights include the month-long Christmas at Kew celebration, which includes an illuminated night trail; Kew the Music live music concerts in summer; the spring Orchids Festival; and Halloween pumpkin patches.
Address: Brentford Gate, London TW9 3AB, England
Hours: Daily: 10am - 3:30pm
Admission: Adults £12.75
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in London

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Last day of the Orchid Festival
AmyFlem
, Mar 2020
Blown away by the beauty of the Orchid Festival and Kew Gardens as a whole. Best mental health remedy ever. Sucks to be back in Bucks lol. If I had the money on the day to become a member, I'd have jumped at the chance, as I cannot wait to go back and explore throughout the rest of the seasons! Inspired by my late Grandfather's passion for orchids and botanical/horticultural wisdom. Wish I had gone into gardening from school now. I consider it a privilege to have witnessed such a demonstration of natural beauty. A microcosm of Eden, me thinks. Cannot put into words how highly I'd recommend the place :)
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Fantastic Kew trip
Monica
, Mar 2020
Good value for money and lots to see, even in the spring time there is lots to do, good for families.
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Interesting experience but could have been better
Wendy
, Feb 2020
The grounds were quite beautiful and is was interesting to see so many varieties of trees and plants. Orchids were stunning. The signage and map did not make it easy to navigate round the gardens. Food in the cafe was had a limited variety of choose and not enough seats. Glad I went but won’t be in a hurry to go again

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Kew Gardens Entrance Ticket

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Immerse yourself in the sights and scents of London’s breathtaking Kew Gardens. A UNESCO-listed venue, the Royal Botanic Gardens offers a plethora of rare plants and flowers across 326 acres (121 hectares). Discover the lawns and gardens on foot, stroll along the Treetop Walkway to view some of the gardens’ 14,000 trees, and visit magnificent structures like the Royal Kew Palace and the Palm House – one of the largest surviving Victorian glasshouses.
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London Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Access to Over 80 Attractions

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Discover London’s top sights for one low price with the London Pass®. Choose from a 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, or 10-day sightseeing credits package, and enjoy access to your London Pass straight from your mobile. Simply show it at the gate or ticket office to gain entrance to more than 80 attractions including Tower Bridge, Westminster Abbey, and the "View from the Shard." You also benefit from skip-the-line access at some of the city's top attractions like the London Zoo. Your pass also includes a hop-on hop-off bus tour, a Thames River cruise, a free guidebook packed with useful information, and valuable shopping and dining discounts. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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Visit Kew Gardens & 3 Hour Westminster Walking TourNature and Wildlife

Visit Kew Gardens & 3 Hour Westminster Walking Tour

See two completely different sides of London on a tour that reveals the botanical beauty of Kew Gardens and the historic landmarks of Westminster. Ideal for nature and history buffs, this tour covers more than 15 top London sights in just a few hours, making it an obvious choice for time-pressed travelers.
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Amazing Kew Gardens & London Landmarks TourNature and Wildlife

Amazing Kew Gardens & London Landmarks Tour

Our tour guides will guide you on an exploration of London’s major 30+ landmarks. After the walking tour visit Kew Gardens. World-leading botanic gardens and discover the amazing science and conservation work We will head through Green Park to Buckingham Palace, where we'll watch the world-famous Changing of the Guard ceremony. After witnessing this impressive, traditional ritual, where the New Guard exchanges duties with the Old Guard, we'll head to Westminster. Sights we'll see along the way include Downing Street, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben (covered up at the moment as undergoing a facelift), and the Houses of Parliament. Then we'll go to the London Bridge area, where we'll see Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Shard, HMS Belfast, and Tower Bridge
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Full Day London Pick & Mix Customized TourDay Trips

Full Day London Pick & Mix Customized Tour

This is the London tour program that you desire. Your choices with no hassle and no time wasted and simply for the person who is tired of comparing agency tours only to find you always have to give up one thing for something else. Just pick the highlights you wish to see & visit from the list below and we will create your very private and bespoke dream itinerary in London with our APTG qualified blue badge tourist guides. Now you can have it all with "Tour it your way" Tell us what you want to see and we will carefully plan and customize your full-day London dream-tour with everything you can imagine Select from places like the Big Ben, London Eye, the British Museum, the Tower of London, St. Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and many more. Transportation in the city is no problem at all. We will use our massive public transportation for you. No waiting in long lines - No traffic - More time for fun and frolic. Just ask us.
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Love podcasts? You'll love our immersive walking tour of Kew Gardens! The digital audio guide can be downloaded anytime directly on your smartphone!We've teamed up with expert historians and botanists to give you a unique and engaging experience of Kew Gardens! Our tour will take you to some of Kew Gardens' most iconic landmarks as well as taking you off the beaten track and away from the crowds to discover some of Kew Gardens' lesser known gems! Kew Gardens - the world’s largest collection of living plants, right in the middle of London! On this self-guided podcast tour of Kew Gardens, you'll listen to expert botanist Tony and local journalist Claudia as you wander through glass pavilions admiring all the odd-looking plants! Learn about the remarkable Marianne North, discover the architecture of Kew's two most famous follies as you walk along scenic passages. The self-guided podcast tour will also lead you around the Temperate House, the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Kew Gardens hours of operation?
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Kew Gardens hours of operation: Daily: 10am - 3:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Kew Gardens tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Kew Gardens can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 9 Kew Gardens tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Kew Gardens 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Kew Gardens costs USD 17.94. Guided Kew Gardens tours start around USD 17.94 per person. See all 9 Kew Gardens tickets and tours on Viator.
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