Kew Garden is a botanical garden in southwest London that houses ” the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world”. It was founded in 1840 in England with a collection of over 30,000 different species of plants, while the herbarium, which is one the largest in the world contains over 7 million preserved species of plants. It is a World Heritage Site and one of London’s top tourist sites with libraries holding up to about 750,000 volumes and the illustrations collections contain about 175,000 prints and drawings of plants.
Some of the attractions at the Kew Garden is the Treetop walkway which was opened in 2008. This covers a 200m distance walk on a 18m height above the ground, in the tree canopy of a woodland glade. Visitors clan ascend and descend by stairs and by a lift.
The Great Pagoda is located in the south east corner of the garden and was erected in 1762, from a design in imitation of the Chinese Ta. It is a tall building and has a height of about 50m from the ground.
Step inside Kew Palace and explore a beautiful royal retreat comprising the bedrooms of princesses, an intimate dining room, and the newly restored Georgian Royal Kitchens.
The site includes extensive gardens under glass that support a variety of plant life year-round. You’ll be amazed by the giant lily pads in the Waterlily House. Experience an exotic rainforest in the Palm House, and travel through 10 climate zones in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.
Other highlights include The Hive and the Arboretum. Standing at 17 meters tall, and constructed from 170,000 aluminium parts and 1,000 LED lights, the Hive structure mimics the visual and sound effects of an actual beehive in Kew Gardens. Learn all about the extraordinary life of bees, and the vital role they play in the health of the planet.
The Arboretum stretches across two-thirds of the Gardens with rare and ancient types of tree, some dating back to the 18th century. The landscape changes from season to season, so regardless of the time of your visit you are sure to encounter stunning scenery.
Kew Gardens is fully wheelchair accessible with lifts giving access to the treetop walkway and upper floors of Kew Palace. The Kew Explorer hop-on, hop-off land train makes it easy to enjoy every corner of the gardens and features live commentary. (Note that the cost of the train is not included in the tour and is an additional cost on the day.)
Recharge at one of the site’s cafes and restaurants that serve hot meals and classic afternoon teas.
Kew Gardens Admissions Ticket
Admission to Kew Gardens, including the art galleries, the treetop walkway, Kew Palace (open from Easter until the last Sunday in September), and extensive gardens under glass.