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  • Take a break from the grind and visit London's Kew Botanical Gardens to stop and smell the roses.
  • The Kew Gardens feature a wide variety of conservatories, art galleries, and restaurants- start where you like.
  • Explore the 2 upcoming exhibitions this year, The Secret World of Plants & Japan.
  • This ticket includes access to the art galleries (Marianne North & Shirley Sherwood), Kew Palace, greenhouses, and the Treetop Walkway.
  • Enjoy free guided walking tours that run at least twice a day. Ask onsite for more information. You will also get a map and guide to the highlights of the season.
  • The gardens cover over 120 hectares and feature a wide variety of plants and trees from many different biomes, all of which you can discover for yourself.
  • All visitors to Kew Gardens aged 16 and over are requested to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app upon arrival.
  • Infants aged 0-3yrs go free. Children aged 4-16yrs enjoy reduced ticket pricing (carry a valid photo ID).
  • Get a full refund on canceling this ticket up to 24 hours before the schedule.

The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew is a 330-acre garden that is home to the largest collection of plants and fungi in the world. It is located about 30 minutes away from central London and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003. The Kew Gardens are renowned for their rich architecture, diverse landscape, as well as their unique history. They are considered one of the foremost institutes for scientific education and research into plants and fungi. The Gardens were founded by Princess Augusta in 1759, and has currently evolved into a partnership that involves nearly a hundred countries from across the world.

Kew Gardens: COVID-19 Safety Measures 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kew Gardens were closed for a brief period. Currently, the attraction is open with numerous restrictions in place for your safety.

  • Groups of a maximum of six people are allowed to move together outdoors. 
  • Visitors are required to wear face masks covering their mouth and nose at all times. 
  • Slots must be booked in advance online to enter the gardens.
  • Staggered arrival times have been planned to avoid queueing and large crowds at the entrance.
  • Visitors must maintain a minimum distance of 2 meters from other visitors not in their group.
  • All facilities are undergoing more frequent and stricter cleaning throughout the day. 
  • Hand washing stations are present at each gate and at numerous locations in the gardens. 
  • Visitors must avoid sitting on the grass or benches for too long.
  • It is recommended that guests wash their hands frequently, and avoid touching their face.
  • The restaurants at the attraction are open for takeaway and outdoor seating only.

Why Visit the Kew Gardens?

The Kew Gardens are home to over 50,000 living plants and are one of the world’s foremost research and educational centers for plants and fungi. At 330 acres, it is London’s largest World Heritage Site. The Arboretum surrounds the glasshouse of the gardens and is home to over 14,000 trees that represent over 2,000 species. There are numerous trees in this area that are over 250 years old, such as the Japanese pagoda tree, the black locust tree, and Lucembe oak, which cannot be found anywhere else in Britain. At the Redwood Grove area, there are numerous 40-meter tall redwood trees that promise to take your breath away. The Rock Garden is another popular area of the gardens that are home to wild plants from six different mountainous regions across the world. The vegetation is displayed in a natural manner and is modeled after the wild and rugged alpine landscape. 

Your Kew Garden Ticket Explained

Stop to smell the roses at London’s serene Kew Botanical Gardens, away from the bustling metropolis. Relax and unwind as you take deep lungfuls of fresh air and walk through multiple conservatories, art galleries, and lush green gardens. Some of the must-visit attractions within the Kew Gardens include the Temperate Gardens, the orangery, the classic brick Kew Palace, the 18-meter-high Treetop Walkway. With this Kew Gardens ticket, you have access to all these key areas. You may even peruse the art galleries, the Marianne North Gallery, and the Shirley Sherwood. Temporary exhibitions that revolve around the botanical theme also make your visit all the more worthwhile: so don’t miss out! 

Best Way To Buy Kew Garden Tickets

The best way to purchase Kew Gardens tickets is online. Currently, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can only purchase tickets online. Doing so helps you avoid the long queues and waiting times as well.

Discounted Kew Garden tickets

Who can avail discounted tickets, if any? Children under the age of 4 can enter the gardens for free. Children aged between 4 and 15, as well as visitors above 65 enjoy discounted tickets. Students between the ages of 15 and 24 with valid student IDs can avail discounted tickets. 

What To Visit Inside Kew Gardens

Plan Your Visit To The Kew Gardens

Here's all you need to know before heading out to the Kew Gardens.

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1 April to 30 April 2021

10 AM – 7 PM (last entry 6 PM).

1 May to 31 August 2021

Mon – Fri: 10 AM – 7 PM (last entry 6 PM). Weekends and bank holidays: 10 AM* – 8 PM (last entry 7 PM).

1 to 30 September 2021

10 AM – 7 PM (last entry 6 PM). On 11th & 12th September this year, the opening time is at 11 AM.

1 to 30 October 2021

10 AM – 6 PM (last entry 5 PM).

31 October to 16 November 2021

10 AM – 4 PM (last entry 3 PM).

17 November 2021 to 9 January 2022

10 AM – 3 PM (last entry 2 PM).

24 & 25 Dec 2021

Kew Gardens remain closed

10 January to 31 January 2022

10 AM – 4 PM (last entry 3 PM).

1 February to 28 February 2022

10 AM – 5 PM (last entry 4 PM).

1 March to 31 March 2022

10 AM – 6 PM (last entry 5 PM).

Where are the Kew Gardens located?

The Kew Gardens are located in Richmond, United Kingdom.

How do I reach the Kew Gardens?

The easiest way to travel to Kew Gardens is by taxi or car. If you would like to take public transport, buses, trains, and the metro are your best choices.

How do I reach the Kew Gardens by bus?

You can take bus 65 and get off near Lion Gate, Elizabeth Gate or Victoria Gate. Alternatively, you can take bus 110 and get off at Elizabeth Gate or Kew Gardens station. Lastly, you may even take bus 237 or 267 and get off at Kew Bridge Station.

How do I reach the Kew Gardens by train?

Take the South West line and get off at Kew Bridge Station.

How do I reach the Kew Gardens by tube?

Take the London Overground line or District Line and get off at Kew Gardens station. 

The best time to visit the Kew Gardens is early in the morning, since crowds are minimal. The weather is also pleasant, which is great since you will be doing a fair bit of walking. The spring and summer months are the best times of the year to visit the Kew Gardens, since you can see breathtaking displays of colors and blooms.  Do note that crowds during these seasons is higher.

There are 4 cafes and restaurants located within the Kew Gardens. They are Victoria Plaza Cafe, White Peaks, The Orangery, and Pavilion Bar and Grill. Additionally, there are numerous outdoor pop-ups where you can grab a quick snack or hot drink.

Budget-Friendly Options

Some budget options that offer great service for affordable prices are Premier Inn Lodge Kew Bridge, The Prince of Wales Townhouse.

Mid-Range Options

Some mid range hotels that offer great service at excellent prices are Clayton Hotel Chiswick, Holiday Inn London, and Kings Head Hotel.

Luxury-Stay Options

For unrivalled accommodation, The Petersham Hotel, Richmond and The Coach and Horses Hotel Kew are excellent options. 

The Kew Gardens are home to some incredible attractions that are a must-see for anyone visiting. 

  • Great Broad Walk Borders
  • Temperate House
  • Xstrata Treetop Walkway
  • Arboretum
  • Rock Garden
  • Rhododendron Dell
  • Woodland Garden and Temple of Aeolus
  • Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing ,since you will be doing a lot of walking inside the Kew Gardens. 
  • Please be sure to bring sanitisers along with you, so that you can use them whenever necessary without being dependent on hand-washing stations.
  • Avoid bringing drones or remote controlled aircrafts, since they are not permitted within the gardens. 
  • Not that there are free walking tours daily at the Kew Gardens. You must register at the Guide Desk inside Victoria Plaza at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour.
  • At the Pavilion Restaurant, you can get a pot of tea (2 cups) for the same price as a paper cup of tea at Victoria Plaza. 
  • Disabled access is available at the back of the Temperate House. 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Kew Gardens

Is it safe to visit the Kew Gardens post-COVID-19?

Yes, it is to visit the Kew Gardens, thanks to the safety measures in place. Reduced crowds, the mask mandate, social distancing, and online booking ensure you have a safe visit. 

Are Kew Gardens tickets available to purchase online?

Yes. You can book your Kew Garden tickets online. In fact, it is strongly recommended you book digital reservations. 

What is included in my Kew Gardens ticket?

Your Kew Gardens ticket lets you into the Kew Gardens, gives access to the art galleries, the Kew Palace, greenhouses, the Treetop Walkway, and the Children’s Garden. Enjoy free guided walking tours as well. 

Do I need to book in advance to access the Children’s Garden?

If you wish to enter the Children's Garden, you'll be allocated a time slot for a 90-minute session. Time slots can’t be reserved and will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. During busy periods, you may have to return later in the day to secure a time slot.

What is the cancellation policy on my Kew Gardens ticket?

Cancel your Kew Garden ticket up to 24 hours before the schedule and get a full refund. 

Are the Kew Gardens wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the Kew Gardens are wheelchair accessible.

What are the opening hours of the Kew Gardens?

The Kew Gardens are usually open between 10 AM and 4, 5, 6 or 7 PM depending on the exact time of the year. 

How far away are the Kew Gardens located from London?

The Kew Gardens are about 30 mins away from central London.

Are there discounted Kew Gardens tickets available?

Yes, discounted tickets are available. Children under 4 can enter for free. Children between ages 4 and 15, and adults over the age of 65 can avail discounted tickets. Students between the ages of 15 and 24 can also avail discounted tickets by showing their student IDs.  

Do I need to print my Kew Gardens ticket?

You are not required to print your Kew Gardens ticket. Simply display the PDF of your ticket on your mobile phone at the entrance to gain entry.

What is the best time of the year to visit Kew Gardens?

The spring and summer months are undoubtedly the best times of the year to visit the Kew Gardens. 

Can children enter the Kew Gardens alone?

No children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult at all times.

Are pets allowed into the Kew Gardens?

No, pets are not allowed into the Kew Gardens. Only certified guide dogs can accompany individuals with special needs. 

Are picnics allowed at the Kew Gardens?

Yes, the Kew Gardens are a perfect place for picnics. However, avoid bringing barbecues and picnic furniture to the gardens.

Are games and sports allowed at Kew Gardens?

No, sports, games, and even jogging is not allowed in the gardens. 

Is parking available at the Kew Gardens?

Yes, car parking is available at a nominal fee. However, please note that parking slots are limited. Two-wheeler parking is free of charge. 

Are the Kew Gardens closed on any days?

The Kew Gardens are open throughout the year, except on the 24th and 25th of December.