Royal Botanic Gardens

Address: Kew, London, TW9 1BR, United Kingdom
Telephone: 020 8332 5655

- Expensive


Escape into a beautiful world of gardens and glasshouses that was born over 250 years ago.

Set beside the Thames in well-heeled Kew, these World Heritage-listed botanic gardens were once the private pride of royalty. Now they are open to all and offer a very appealing mix of enchanting blooms, exotic plants, venerable trees, historic glasshouses and gloriously landscaped parkland. Great for kids and lovers, this is a place where you can easily spend the best part of a day - but if time's short or your legs are tired hop on the Kew Explorer tour vehicle that circles the gardens giving an introductory commentary. I love visiting the Temperate House and Palm House, but don't miss the fabulous giant sculptures of seeds near the Orangery, and take a walk along Syon Vista to the river.

Value for money

Price advice

Admission costs £13.90 adult, £11.90 concessions, including a £1.50 donation in support of Kew's work. Children under 17 are free. Additional charges apply for Kew Palace and Kew Explorer tours.

Expert tips

If you're a keen gardener, check the website before you go to see what's in bloom and where.

You can get a bite to eat in four cafes and restaurants but it's also fun to take a picnic - you can pick something up in the shops beside Kew Underground station.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Education
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Nature / wildlife