Full of glasshouses, gardens and galleries, Kew is one of the world’s most beautiful and iconic botanical gardens, set in Richmond. Alongside stunning buildings, secret woodlands, one of a kind flowers and plant species and even a treetop walkway, it really does have it all. Head to the orientally inspired Pagoda, the 18th century Queen Charlotte’s Cottage or simply just admire all the gorgeous blooms and plants at this official world heritage site.
Kew Gardens are steeped not only in greenery, flowers and plants but also in incredibly British history and heritage. Dating back to the 18th century, the gardens have seen many a royal walk on its grass. It was the parents of George III who started the garden in Kew as it surrounded the famous royal residence Kew Palace. And, it was during the later Victorian era where the garden came into its own with the arrival of Palm House and Temperate House, the world's largest Victorian greenhouse. Today, it is visited by millions every year and has even been visited by the Queen Majesty Elizabeth II herself!
Sitting next to the River Thames and just 10 miles from West London, public transport options are plenty. If Kew Gardens is just part of your day trip and you’ve got lots more on your agenda in and around Richmond and Surrey, why not book a room at our London Kew Bridge Premier Inn hotel for convenience?
Buses 237 and 267 stop at Kew Bridge station.
The 391 and 65 also stop here and can be picked up between Fulham and Richmond.
Kew Gardens station on the District line is just 300 metres away from the Kew Gardens Victoria Gate entrance.
Driving and parking
Car parking at Kew costs £7 for day, just pop in TW9 3AF to your sat nav. Alternatively, there is free car parking after 10am on Kew Road but can get busy.
During summer, Thames River Boats run from Westminster Pier to Kew Pier which is around 500 metres from the Elizabeth Gate entrance.
There are four gates (Elizabeth Gate, Lion Gate, Victoria Gate and Brentford Gate) by which you can enter Kew Gardens, some of which are closer to Kew Gardens and Richmond underground stations than others. Wheelchair users can access the gardens, Treetop Walkway and Rhizotron plus there are also mobility scooters available to hire, too.
Nothing beats finishing a day trip with some booty and souvenirs to take home. At the Victoria Plaza shop, there’s a range of things to pick up from outdoor plants, English teas and condiments, gardening books and lots of Kew related gifts in the form of tea towels and tote bags.
If the kids want a little adventure, take them to the Badger Sett at the south end of the gardens where they can see how badgers actually live by navigating their way through a maze of their tunnels. Get them to look out for the wooden sculpture of a chilled out badger as they make their way out!
With something new to see every season, the exhibition diary is ever-changing. In Spring, visit the listed building of Waterlily House, Summer come to see the patterned flower beds at Palm House Parterre and come Winter, prepare to blown away by the lights and festive displays at the ‘Christmas at Kew’ event.
The list of attractions at Kew is endless but let’s start with the fact that there are over 14,000 trees to see! On a day to day, after wandering through glasshouses full of plants, flowers and trees from all over world, you can head to The Hive - a unique installation that tells the story of bees and honey through an immersive experience. Other attractions include the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, the Japanese Landscape and The Water Gardens.
At Kew Gardens
After a day strolling the gardens, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the eateries within the grounds. Family friendly White Peaks cafe includes a menu of ice-cream, lunchboxes and craft pies while the Victorian Plaza Cafe offers sweet treats and gourmet sandwiches. For something a little heartier, grab a hot pot at the Orangery Restaurant or something from the grill at the Pavilion Restaurant during the warmer months.
Near Kew Gardens
Why not make the most of your day out at Kew Gardens and enjoy a meal at Michelin-star restaurant The Glasshouse for a British meets French menu?
Alternatively, head to Q Verde Italian restaurant for all your favourite Italian dishes located in Kew, renowned for it’s warm and friendly atmosphere whatever time of the day you visit.