The world’s most famous gardens offer visitors the chance to delve into a rainforest, see the galleries dedicated to botanical art and take a stroll along the spectacular walkway set within the tree canopies above the gardens underneath. (The Treetop Walkway is particularly spectacular in October and November when the trees have begun to take on the autumnal colours.)
In the Princess of Wales Conservatory, guests can travel through ten climatic zones and discover orchids from Central America, Madagascan baobab tress and carnivorous plants from Asia, and marvel at the giant lily pads in the Waterlily House across the way. And then there is the iconic Palm House, the most important surviving Victoria iron glass structure in the world. It must be seen to be believed.
Kew Gardens is the home of Kew Palace. Set within the grounds, this cosy palace is on a smaller scale to most of the other Royal palaces, and was the country home of King George III. Many of the rooms have been restored to the décor from 200 years ago, to offer a unique insight into the family life and household that previous members of the Royal family would have experienced. The bedrooms of the princesses, the intimate dining room and the Georgian Royal Kitchens, newly restored, are all open to the public.
With so much to see at Kew Gardens and Kew Palace, one needs a day to experience it all and the site’s four cafes and restaurants ensure that you’ll find the sustenance to keep you going.
Gardens open at 10am every day, closing times vary throughout the year.
1 May – 31 July 2019:
Monday - Thursday: 7pm (last entry 6pm)
Friday - Sunday: 8pm (last entry 7pm)
9 – 14 July 2019: 5pm (last entry 4pm)
15 – 31 July 2019:
1 August – 30 September 2019:
7pm (last entry 6pm)
1 – 27 October 2019:
6pm (last entry 5pm)
28 October – 19 November 2019:
4.15pm (last entry 3.15pm)
20 November 2019 – 23 December 2019:
3.30pm (last entry 2.30pm)
24 & 25 December 2019: Closed
26 December 2019 – 4 January 2020:
5 – 31 January 2020:
4.15pm (last entry 3.15pm)
1 – 28 February 2020:
5pm (last entry 4pm)
1 – 29 March 2020:
Entry to Kew Palace, Britain’s most intimate royal palace and adjoining Georgian Royal Kitchens is included in the cost of admission to Kew Gardens.
Kew welcomes all visitors and we want everyone to have an enjoyable day out, so we provide the best possible access throughout the Gardens, our glasshouses and galleries.
You can enter the Gardens free of charge if you are:
Registered blind and partially-sighted visitors
Essential carers accompanying visitors with a disability
Kew Gardens is largely accessible to wheelchair users.
Wheelchairs are available on a first come first served basis. You can leave the chair at any gate when you leave the Gardens. Some visitors like to bring their own cushion.
Most of the buildings in the Gardens have level or ramped ground floor access for wheelchairs. The Gardens themselves are largely flat with tarmac paths in most places.
There is no wheelchair access to the following parts of the Gardens:
Marine display in the Palm House
Upper Galleries in the Palm House and Temperate House
Upper levels of the Princess of Wales Conservatory
In order to gain entry you must present a printed copy of your voucher.
Children are aged 4-16, children aged 3 and under are admitted free of charge.
Find out more about the venue's location and how to get there.
From Kew Gardens Station it is a 5 minute walk to Kew Gardens (Victoria Gate entrance). Exit the station past the parade of shops, cross Sandycombe Road and walk down Lichfield road (opposite) to reach Victoria Gate.