Beautiful, interesting way to spend the day. Picturesque town right outside, too.
Entry fee a bit expensive.
A beautiful escape in the middle of London! First of all, Kew Village is absolutely adorable and so beautiful! I wanted to move there it was so sweet. And the residents there live next to the stunning Kew Gardens.
Now I'm going to start of by saying, Kew Gardens has a ridiculously unjustified entry fee. It's £16.50 for entry, though you can choose to opt out of the voluntary donation to pay £15. I don't think it's worth the entry fee and I really do think it's ridiculous they charge so much. However, there is so much to do in the gardens, it took us the whole day to get around and we didn't even manage to get around the whole place!
There's a pagoda which has reopened to the public after 8 years, it costs £3.50 pounds to climb to the top and you get a timed entry. There's numerous glass houses with a variety of plants - ferns, palms, carnivorous plants etc. There's plenty of kids activities, a tree tops walk (although I did hear a few people questioning the safety when the entire walkway started moving!). There's also a train you can pay a few pounds to go on around the gardens. The gardens themselves are very well kept, the pond is beautiful and there are plenty of different types of flowers to see, especially if you're there at the right time of the year.
I would maybe check it out once if you get a really nice day and are up for spending that kind of money, but if you don't have that kind of money available, I would head to one of the free parks like St James or Hyde or Regents. They're all beautiful as well, not quite the same with the different things to do around the place, but great green spaces for outdoor relaxing, picnics and natures beauty.
Absolutely stunning! It's the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city :) My friends and I came here on a day trip, not expecting too much, but we were blown away by the picturesque landscape and beautifully designed gardens. If you're looking for the perfect picnic spot, this is your place!
This place was brilliant. I have to admit that I study the forest sciences, so might have a biased opinion. Would be brilliant place for a picnic.
Checked out Christmas at Kew with a friend, which we booked ahead of time because it was so popular. Basically it was a big part of the gardens lit up with colored lights so it can be enjoyed in the wintertime. I expected the event to be more "Christmasy", but it was much more artsy and educational and not specifically Christmas themed. We both enjoyed it nonetheless - music added to an experience of earth, water, wind, and fire, with colorful lights dancing all over the trees and plants.
In addition to the garden part, we had some delicious mulled cider, and my friend got waffles with "Christmas toppings" which was actually just chocolate syrup and whipped cream. She wasn't in love with them, but ate them anyway. We also browsed the Kew Gardens shop and other little vendors nearby with lots of cute goods. Overall, it was a lovely evening. I'd like to come back in the spring or summer when the garden is in full bloom with sunny weather and see it in a whole different light!
Awesome gardens. Well maintained. Great for kids. Treetop walkway is worth the climb.
Our first attempt at visiting Kew Gardens was thwarted by the rain, so we came back the next day. The sun came out... it was meant to be! I had no clue that Kew Gardens was so large... and that it cost 14 quid per person. While I would say that I understand the upkeep, I wasn't expecting that. So maybe not the local park that you jog through everyday.
The greenhouse across the pond from the main entrance was closed, so that was a bit disappointing, but we made due. We actually came in from Lion Gate, so we started from one corner and made our way around. We kept missing the chance to join the tour at the various stops, but be aware that it is an additional cost (4 quid per person).
I love how large the park is and how much there is to see. It really is a full day out. Bring a picnic! The treetop walk is nice, but I found it a bit scary (and I am not one that is afraid of heights) because of the mesh walkway... particularly at the round bits, the metal was a bit warped, so when you would walk across, it would warp inward as you went across making it feel like it was giving way under your feet.
We did not go into the palace... not sure that we knew you could go in, but we did stop at one of the cafes because it looked like it was going to rain. The play areas for the children were impressive and I wished that it was socially acceptable for adults to go play on the jungle gym. I enjoyed what looked like a gazebo made out of the branches of a tree that had grown over a frame. I think our favourite part was the Princess of Wales Greenhouse where they have a number of different areas to see different types of plants... and if you go down the stairs, you can see some wildlife.
I think we probably missed the part of the gardens near the river, but literally it was just too much for us to try and cover it all. Go and spend the whole day, even if you don't end up walking around and seeing everything, bring some snacks, something to sit on, and when you get tired of walking, have a rest and enjoy.
This royal palace and the garden grounds that surround it are perfect to visit when you just want to relax and experience nature.
The palace itself is quite modest as far as royal palaces go, and really only displays about 5 or 6 rooms finished as they were during George and Charlotte's use. But, you also get to see the rooms that are no longer finished, and the uncovered walls show how the home was built in the 17th century with levels and levels of plaster and secret doors and graffiti and stuff.
The royal kitchen building is also on display and it's always interesting to see what royals were eating and who they were hosting at the palace so many years ago.
The gardens are left extremely natural and are completely explorable. Any direction you want to walk, you can. In one corner of the gardens is Charlotte's cottage, which I loved! It's simply a two-story building with a small kitchen and beautiful dining and sitting rooms. It's quite lovely and so peaceful. If I was Charlotte, I would've spent ALL of my time here!
In general, this experience is fantastic for families and royalty lovers. The cafe is A-ok, and the other greenhouse and decorative buildings are interesting and will take a couple of hours to explore. A perfect Sunday afternoon activity.
Kew Gardens is a gorgeous place to spend the day. The garden is divided into different sections depending on the type of plants in the area.
I really enjoyed the Temperate House with the tropical plants and the Treetop walkway with it's amazing views! There was also the conservatory with the butterfly exhibit and the bluebell field. The amount of plant variety and the size of the grounds are just absolutely astounding and I recommend everyone go there. Although... if you can get there on non-rainy day I'm sure you'll enjoy it much more!
Amazing day out !
Apart from the noisy and gassy airplanes showing up every other minute, you wish you never left this place ! Beautiful trees, great attractions and buildings (the pagoda, the treetop walk), knowledgeable staff, and cool activities (we had a cooking lesson, part of the IncrEdibles attractions !).
Damn, some money well spent !
I went to Kew Gardens not knowing exactly what to expect... I can honestly say I was so delighted that I'll never forget this place !
I had the impression of travelling around the world seeing all these deifferent set ups of plants and trees.
The glass house of the Princess of Whales is superb and some of the plants are just breathtaking.
I arrived at 11am and left when the gardens closed and I would have stayed even longer if I could.
This is a whole day trip that just make you feel like you are on another planet.
Its worth taking a day if you are staying in London for the week end or longer.
It is really an enchanting place
I'm so in love with Kew Gardens.
We came here with our London Pass cards (100% free entry), and ended up spending many happy hours here. While a few sites were under construction, the vast majority was open and awesome. There were things in Kew Gardens that I've never seen in gardens before, like the Xstrata attraction, very vocal peacocks, a water lily house, etc. And even spending hours there, we didn't make it to everything.
This is an attraction that requires a lot of walking. I understand that there was a hop-on-hop-off shuttle, but it ran quite infrequently (once and hour), and didn't hit many of the sites we wanted to see, and so we passed on it.
Definitely keep the map with you--good for general navigating, as well as finding the restrooms/water fountains.
The little town by the train station is charming but small. The Tesco has cheap water (42p/bottle).
Good place for the beautiful scenery!
Every season the picture changes, so it's not boring out there :)
Each day you can come, walk without any rush, make incredible photos of nature, enjoy fresh air - yaaay!
The best idea(if you really like that was listed above) - get the membership.
It'll help you to get into the different calm world :)
Kew Gardens is a real gem in London's crown and can be enjoyed in so many ways and on so many levels. To give it its full title, it is the Royal Botanical Gardens and celebrates its 250th anniversary this year.
Outside of the touristy parts, it does have important functions in scientific study, research and training. It is impressive how old some of their trees are and also to read about how they came to Kew. The Gardens are now bearing few scars of the ravaging it received in the great storm of 1987.
Kew Gardens is easily accessible by Tube or there is parking along a few of its entrances. An individual entry ticket costs £13 this year but if you intend to come back, a season ticket is great value at £39. You can really enjoy yourself in a day here but there is so much to explore and the place and views change with the seasons, so there will always be more to see with recurrent visits.
There are always floral beds to admire and lots of wildlife wandering free. Just be aware that some of the bigger birds like the swans are truly big and can be scary, especially for kids if they're disturbed and decide to react. I've seen many a crying child here!
There are in addition various building to look at and in. There are many glasshouses housing species requiring warmer tamperatures and also a small aquarium. The Chinese pagoda is closed to the public whenever I've been there. The latesst addition is a treetop walk,which was fun and not too scary, even for an acrophobe (fear of heights) like me.
Entry into Kew Palace is an additional £5 this year. I've never been in and can't tell you whether it's good value for money.
There are various cafes and eating options dotted round as well as retail shops and a garden centre - only place I've ever found sorrel for sale.
So if it's a nice day, come to Kew, take a pew and enjoy the view!
Taking a trip to Kew Gardens during Easter weekend isn't exactly the smartest idea. With bairns doing laps around my calves in their hundreds, I spent most of the day trying to stay on my feet without tripping up over trikes, bikes and wheelies...Who's idea was it to give kids toys that help them slide uncontrollably at a very fast pace?
Aside from all the children, my day at Kew was very relaxing. Not only are the gardens themselves beautiful, but the botanical greenhouses pop up all over the place- at every corner there's another tropical plant, water lily or giant cactus waiting to be discovered. A personal highlight was the mini aquarium underneath the glasshouse- I doubt I'll see a see crab tearing up leaves its dinner again! And I'd have to be pretty heartless not to make an 'awww' sound at the sight of four kids pointing at a clown fish and screaming, 'Mum!!! It's Nemo!!!'
Four a day trip tickets are £13 so it's not the cheapest place to hang out. Still, I would say it's well worth it for one of those days when you just feel the need to get out of the city without really getting out of it at all. A few hours in here had me feeling very tranquil and relaxed. A year long pass is only £64 so if you live locally it would be well worth shelling out the extra cash and making this place your local whenever the sun comes out. Good times and smelly sensations guaranteed!
My friend had been telling me for months that when I came to London we had to go to Kew Gardens. I was a bit skeptical, I mean when people tell me it is going to be awesome and build it up, my imagination runs wild and then the real thing is a disappointment. Kew, however, was more than my imagination could handle. :)
I would recommend setting aside a half a day to spend wandering the grounds. One of the favorites of course is walking along the top canopy of the trees. I was also impressed with how many different plants are here and how well it is all laid out.
If you are living in London I would highly recommend buying a year long pass so you can come back often, A few times at £13 and you have it paid off. It is very easy to access from the train as well and well worth the visit if you are traveling to London.
A wonderful place to visit, no matter what the season. I have visited Kew on quite a few occasions and each time I find something different.
I love the Japanese garden, so serene. Sitting there within my own mind, letting the world go by.
Bit of advice, get there early and just wander. Have a lunch in the various eating areas and then enjoy a few more hours.
I never have been disappointed.
Kew Gardens reminded me of the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, MA, except a whole lot bigger and more expensive.
At first I was a little annoyed about the admission price (£13) but after spending nearly half the day here, I would definitely come again!
You can easily spend the entire day here, as the grounds are absolutely huge and there is a lot to do.
My list of favorites:
- The greenhouses: There are 2 or 3 of them and they are GIGANTIC! I especially love the stairs and walkway around the entire perimeter of the greenhouses, you can get a great view of the whole thing.
- Peacocks: OMG so beautiful, we saw about 4 or 5 of them, including one that showed us his plumage. Amazing
- Treetop Walkway: I'm terrified of heights, but this was awesome! The stairs are not fun, but the views are really cool
- Kew Palace: It's really pretty on the outside, but the fact that you have to pay to go inside kept us from venturing even more. Maybe some day
- Ice Cream: They had ice cream! And it was delicious, and surprisingly affordable.
All the different plants were simply amazing. There were a few items that we missed out on, but it's a perfect excuse to come back when we are in London again! Grab a picnic basket and hunker down here for the day!
My first visit twas this trip and I am sorry I had not gone before. One of the greatest parks I have ever been to and I certainly will return again. I enjoyed wandering around all of the many species of trees in the park and then taking a bit of a warm up in the conservatories.
Everything was very well kept and spectacular. I probably most enjoyed the Princess Conservatory with the many different climate zones from desert to jungle.
There is nothing about this place that I don't love. My husband & I had a 1 year membership here which we might soon renew.
The best thing about the Kew is that the colors & landscape here change every season. There's always something new to explore here (if you're a nature lover or botany enthusiast).
I've visited all the cafes here & they carry a great selection of food & drink (though they do tend to be a little steep).
I take the 61 bus to Richmond from Ealing Broadway station & get off at Victoria Gate. It's a straight shot & a beautiful ride.
I've uploaded some of the pictures I've shot at the Kew over the past couple of years.
The highlight of our London trip! Kew must be one of the most beautiful places on earth, and it's just a short Tube ride away from central London. As others have noted, entry can be expensive but Kew was included on our London Pass, so we took full advantage.
The greenhouses are simply spectacular - masterpieces of Victorian architecture. And the plants inside - wow! The Waterlily house was my personal favorite, the pond looked like a Monet painting. You can walk for hours and hours (we certainly did!) and not see everything.
They have a cafe onsite as well as a gift shop. I scored some Nesti Dante soaps on sale - yay!
On a side note, the town of Kew is quite charming and worth a quick stroll. My husband and I both agree that of all the places in the world we've visited, Kew would be a place we would move.
On my 10 day long visit to London, I needed a break from the urban jungle one day. A friend suggested I head out to Kew Gardens, and his suggestion was right on. I walked all over for half a day and couldn't believe how gorgeous it was. It was fall, so the colors were all changing. I saw so many perfectly orange trees, it was like a movie.
The price is a bit steep at £12 a person, but it was well worth it for the respite from the crazy streets of London.
We Londoners don't get enough fresh air, too much time in the pubs and clubs, bars and restaurants having a thoroughly good time and living the life. Well if you fancy a bit of exercise, some fresh air and something different for a change, try Kew Botanical Gardens. Easily accessible from Richmond station (district line) and then a walk or a bus ride and you will be there. You might even learn something as my mother would say.
Become a friend of Kew or buy a season ticket and help safeguard the future of these gardens and also the research and conservation that is carried out here. Plus the benefit of the fresh air !!
A wonderful place to get near to wildlife and plant life and spend the day lazing around and or learning a bit about the wildlife around us. Alternatively try the tree top walk which takes you first underground and the up to the tops of the trees with breathtaking results. Enter the many different glasshouses and also climate zones - wet and humid, dry etc and the various plants that thrive on the different climates.
A wonderful day with access to some very rare plants and flowers.
LOVE THE KEW!!
My friend and I went on the worse day ever. It was pouring, but still our experience there was very nice and lovely. The garden had its moments of rain and blue skies. We saw all sorts of plants and I saw a waterfall too! haha Waterfalls in London, but not Hawaii. How sad. Anyways, we also had tea inside The Pavillion.
I saw some random peacocks (but very pretty) walking around the gardens.
For foreigners like me who crave open space and swathes of nature it's an essential to visit Kew gardens. The best way to appreciate is to become a member. At £13 an entry it becomes an indulgence, whereas a season ticket is £39 for unlimited entry.
It's a place for wandering around and soaking up nature. There are massive greenhouses, trees and plants of every type, lakes and water features.
It was home to a Henry Moore exhibition with his massive sculptures spread across the park. The David Chihuly (think gorgeous light fitting at the V&A) exhibition was fantastic curated within the landscape.
I would rather take my own picnic than eat at one of the cafes though. I have a feeling that with a captive market, the food would be pretty mediocre.
This is one of those London places that tears me. On the one hand, it's a fantastic space. Two miles long and a mile wide, filled with all the botanical wonders you could imagine: palms that scrape ceilings; a cherry blossom avenue; pencil-thin 10 foot cacti; and much more besides.
There's a welcome sight of wildlife too: feral Canada geese graze on the greens, fertilising them as they go; giant catfish lazily circle the indoor ponds; jays cheekily bounce from path to path; there are even resident lime green parakeets screeching in the sweet chestnuts.
There are regular events, such as last year's massively popular installation of Henry Moore statues, and the annual spotlit night walks around the glass temples to imperial plant plunder.
But all of this excellence costs. Reduced entry hovers around the £10 mark, and if you're lucky enough not to be a student, diabled or geriatric, you can expect to pay £12. When you get in, the three restaurants offer standard fare but horribly overcharge for it.
Every Londoner, whether resident or tourist, should see Kew once. But if you're in need of a quick and powerful reminder of the wonders of nature, a cheaper option lies in the neighbouring Richmond park, replete with rolling hills and herds of deer.
I'm going to write about a structure called 'The Pagoda'. This is a ten storey Octagonal structure built to taper from the top to the bottom. It was in the mid 18th century the tallest structure of Oriental origin in the whole of Europe! And rumoured to be a birthday surprise for Princess Catherine.
Unfortunately the strucutre is closed to public, but on one rare occassion when they had opened it to the public, I was lucky enough to climb to the top and enjoy fantastic views as far as Wimbledon and Canary Wharf on a clear sky day. Its magnificient to be standing in there and feel a sense of time.
I went with on a picnic with a few friends and when we got to the base of the Pagoda, we lay on the grass and stared at the structure for a while. Quiet a unique heritage feature of the Royal Gardens
Ah Kew Gardens. One of my favourite places in London. Great for Kids. Every spring I need to come here and either just relax in one of the remote corners of the gardens or admire the plants of the diffent climate zones of the earth.
A great day out.
There is one downside to Kew: It is not as quiet as one would like. Around 1200 Jets per day are arriving in parallel formation for two Heathrow rundways. Great place for plane spotters.
A world class garden, great for the plants and a walk. It's a shame entry prices keep going up, pricey for a family. But if you can't afford to go regularly at least go once.
Plenty of good catering.
World-renowned Kew is the perfect setting to take-in (and enjoy) the changing seasons and escape city stress. There's so much to see and appreciate that it's impossible to cover in one visit.
Appealing to all ages and tastes, you'll find areas to explore whether you're a child with boundless energy (there are brilliant and diverse play zones); if you want traditional English gardens at their best; for a taste of sultry, exotic or historic botanical inspiration; to step-back in time and uncover secrets of 18th century royalty.
My highlights include Kew Palace and Queen Charlotte's Cottage, the Pagoda, the autumnal colours and October's pumpkin displays. (Turn-up at the right moment and you can buy an enticing selection of pumpkins and squashes to take home and transform into Hallowe'en 'thrillers' and culinary delights).
With the fecundity of spring at full throttle, it would be obscene not to go to Kew Gardens.
Entry is priced at £13 per adult with children under 17 going free (worth remembering for the spring hols). Entry to the Palace is an additional £5.
The one negative experience took place on entry, queues galore with waits of up to 10 minutes to pay! The shortage of staff manning the ticket booths marred the experience at the start, it needn't be so. Management please note, you have people queing to pay!!
Once in, the experience was sublime (bar the plane noise . . . . but you can't move a garden that's been there for two hundred plus years, can you?). The planting and presentation remains superb. There are exhibitions in the glass houses showcasing seasonal plants and artwork - when we went in late Feb, stunning Orchids were on show.
There are several cafes and restuants within the gardens now, all reasonably priced and offering good quality fare.
Highly recommended for a good day out.
I was fortunate enough to live in Richmond for a while and so could wander down to Kew quite easily.
Very highly recommended in the summer, but they also have an excellent skating rink in the winter! Skate your way through the colourfully lit trees and shrubs of Kew, and then checkout the bar before you head home.
I was surprised how extensive a walk around Kew is: it becomes quite the summer excursion, but there are plenty of things to see and do, lawns to lounge on and benches to grace.
The glasshouses are also excellent - needless to say an extraordinary array of botantical wonder to admire.
A quintessentially English experience. The train ride is lovely, and in the summer I highly recommend getting there by boat. There are plenty of reviews on here so I I'll just add that Kew Gardens is the perfect spot for a picnic or simply a place to explore the stunning and vast selection of flowers and trees. Oh, and the botanical gardens - please go if you haven't been already.
Just thinking about it makes me happy - I can't wait for the Spring to arrive. Hurry up already!
Amazing park, BUT can be Expensive.
However if you enter in the side entrance
(Kew rd/Lion gate gardens)
You can get in for free. It has a dual entrance and the old dear in the ticket booth doesn't track who has been in and who hasn't.
Once you are in, it is amazing
An escape from life and BEAUTIFUL location. It is my idea of heaven on earth!
The restaurants and cafes in the park are alright, but I prefer to picnic - champagne and caviar, what more could you want in life. Maybe a porshe, a credit card with NO LIMIT
It is a tourist hotspot and certainly one of the places to be on a beautiful summer day!!!
I travelled to Kew by boat, which only helped to enhance my wonderful day out last year
A FRIENDLY word of advice, leave the house early in the morning as there is so so much to do!!!
This is a great place for a summers day out. The gardens are beautiful, and there are endless areas to walk about in. I love coming here if im a bit stressed as it is such a relaxing and tranquil place to be in.
The Orangerie is a great place for lunch, or you can take a picnic if your feeling brave!
Definately a must for any one in London.
Located in West London the Botanical Gardens at Kew do make for a pleasant location, particularly on a sunny summer afternoon. Kew is located on the district lie so transport is not too bad.
One problem is that is it located under one of the flight paths into Heathrow, so either hope that you are lucky and the flight path is not in use during your visit, or search online to see when the quiet days are.
Great floral and trees area, where you can enjoy a good day out whether you like flowers or not. It is beautiful and everyone would enjoy it.
The adult ticket costs around £15 or so, if I remember correctly. It is good to see once, or more times if you really are a plant lover.
This is the most wonderful garden/park in the London area. Every season brings a new dimension to Kew, and although it is a lot nicer (for me anyway) to visit on a sunny day, you should not put off by sligthly more unpleasant weather.
You can spend your time scrolling round the park and various gardens, or spend time in the various greenhouses and exhibitions.
The restaurants and cafes in the park are pretty good too. But you can also bring your own and eat al fresco.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure you have enough time to visit the Palm House; the glass building is a gorgeous example of Victorian architecture, and the trees and plants inside are amazing (some of those are now extinct in their original habitats).
A great place to visit with kids. Lots of outdoor space & things to do. There's no ball games or bikes allowed in the Gardens, so don't bother bringing that sort of stuff with you. 'Creepy Crawlies' is an indoor activity centre for kids which comes in mighty handy when its cold/wet. Of course Kew is home to one of the largest horticultural & botanical collections in the world - so there's a massive amount to see both outdoors and indoors, particularly in the world famous victorian hot-house. I've been many times and have yet to tick off every corner of the grounds,which covers 300 acres (1.2 million square metres).
Unlike Stephan I don't notice the planes, as like most West Londoners I live on the Heathrow flightpath, so you get used to it after a while :-)
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