Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
4.5
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Kew is London's largest UNESCO World Heritage site offering unique landscapes, vistas and iconic architecture from every stage of the Gardens' history. Our collection of living plants is the largest and most diverse in the world, growing out in the landscape and within our glasshouses and nurseries.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • kursan
    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    wonderful in spring and fall
    This is my second trip there. If you are coming from central london make sure to take the tube rather than a taxi which would be prohibitively expensive. Alternatively, I took the # 94 bus which is available all the way along the north perimeter of Hyde Park to Turnham Green stop and then took the overground which has a stop right at Kew. Take your walking shoes --everything is spread out and you will walk at least 5 km before you've seen everything. Great gift store with lots of seeds. Food offerings are mostly veggie aimed but delicious in 2 cafes. don't miss the Japanese garden.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Mohammad A
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit Gardens in London
    It was a nice experience to visit Kew Gardens. The garden was huge and needs at least 1 full day experience every part of the park starting from the Royal Botanic Gardens, to the Hive. There are lots of things to do there and you need to be lucky with the weather :).
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Paul B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kew Gardens with Afternoon Tea
    What a lovely birthday treat. From the moment we went through the entrance until we left 6 hours later it was a wonderful experience. So much to see, glad we did an initial reccy on the Kew Explorer. The running commentary was very informative. Afternoon Tea was 'the icing on the cake'. Eyes bigger than bellies springs to mind !! Had to admit defeat and take the remainder with us for train journey home . Staff were courteous, attentive and full of enthusiasm. It was all run like a well oiled engine. Will definitely be making a return visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Smittywall
    Bad Axe, Michigan82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful grounds! Very peaceful.
    Wonderful gardens. Visited the tree walk, hive, palace, rose garden and palm house. Well maintained. The Kew Palace was interesting but very sad, I didn't he know King George was treated so poorly there.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • tasgard
    Hobart, Australia316 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Amazing experience
    Kew Gardens is an amazing place, easy to see why it is one of the most visited attractions in the UK. There are acres of gardens, formal and informal, woodlands but there are also so many unique buildings to explore, the Palm House, the Temperate House, Kew Palace, Water Lilly house, the list goes on. The place is a photographer’s paradise, surprising colours, contrasting forms and textures, lighting challenges with the changes from bright interiors to shady woodland. I would suggest that the visitor checks the website before going to prioritize their time because you will not see everything and experience the tranquillity and wonder of the gardens if you try to get around everything in one or two hours. Realistically several visits would be ideal if you can. We chose to see in and around all the buildings on the first visit and that took three hours. Fortunately, the grounds are mostly flat so the long walks planned for our next visit should not be to arduous.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 July 2023
  • ChrissieWilliams81
    Wyong Creek, Australia1,142 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Christmas at Kew
    This was our first time seeing Christmas at Kew and it was magical. You follow a one way light trail that takes you through a magical adventure. Lights and sounds surround you. There are delicious food carts too along the way. Dress warm because it’s chilly.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Sprigers
    Denver, Colorado39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Budget a full day for Kew Gardens
    I spent an entire day at Kew Gardens from opening to closing. The greenhouses with the special collections/exhibits of plants are fabulous. The species trees throughout the grounds are marvelous. I loved enjoying lunch at one of the cafes, sitting at a table outside, writing postcards, as it was the end of my 2 week England trip. The special exhibits about future food and other sustainable exhibits were really interesting. There was also a special exhibit about a village in Africa - made with recycled plastic, native music playing and visiting residents that you could talk to and ask questions.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 July 2023
  • GTSSurrey
    Bisley, United Kingdom988 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic day out.
    Fabulous day out in these world renown gardens. From some great glasshouses, treetop walks and historic follies together with beautifully maintained plant displays these was something for everyone her. Lots of healthy walks on mainly flat pathways. Well signposted so you can find you way around with ease. We did have one issue on our visit that is worth noting. I purchased advance tickets for my grandkids to climb the pagoda and bring us some photos from the inside/top. On the day they were reused entry as under 16s can't climb alone for some H&S issue. Staff were very nice about the refusal and I will get a refund of the cost. The online system should be amended to stop this type of booking but in case it has not been it is worth noting. Would certainly visit again and can thoroughly recommend.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • 61Rose
    Gloucester, United Kingdom95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic day, in early August
    Had a wonderfully warm day at Kew Gardens, decided to join as a joint membership therefore taking a person each free, this enabled the four of us to visit one evening and again the next day and also get 10% discount in the gift shop which is excellent value. The great borders were stunning, also the waterlily house was amazing. The Palm house was very interesting. We also visited the two art galleries, Shirley Sherwood and Marianne North, plus two of us ventured to the Treetop Walkway, the other two (us) getting too tired so went to the Plaza cafe, where they had excellent coffee, an array of sandwiches to suit all tastes, also vegan sausage rolls, all good choices but very expensive and not much filling in some of them. The staff worked extremely hard, especially the barista, he was like lightening. We also visited the Princess of Wales Conservatory where there was an array of different plants, orchids, waterlilies, carniverous plants etc. We didn't see half of the gardens, we walked four miles each day which was plenty for us. A really enjoyable day and we will obviously return on our membership tickets. Before visiting I asked the customer services team various questions and found them to be extremely helpful , they may take a day or two to respond so always ask ahead of your visit if you're not sure of anything. Mobility scooters can also be hired, but once again book ahead of your visit .
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Wonderar
    Stevenage, United Kingdom1,046 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice trip overall but exhausting!
    We were gifted a voucher for Kew for Christmas and finally made it. Entry a bit of a shambles as took time for each booth to issue tickets. We wanted to see Kew Palace first which we really enjoyed with docents dressed in period clothing. Also the palace kitchens which were left as they were. The site is huge so trying to see everything in one go was a bit of a struggle and did not manage to see all of it, but fitted in the conservatories, tree top walk and a walk to the pagoda. There is a separate entry fee for this. I really think this is more of a plant museum and was expecting it to be more like any National Trust gardens which are pretty spectacular. Because of this doubtful if we would return. Also under the Heathrow flight path so planes going over every few seconds. Ok at first but annoying after a while.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 August 2023
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BARRY1945316
Plymouth, UK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our first visit to Kew and were pleasantly surprised at the opportunity to visit various enclosures but were blown away by the Princess of Wales greenhouse with a spectacular range of plants from around the world. The grounds and tree top walk were great and we covered a few miles even though it was raining. We will return on a sunny day.
Written 26 May 2024
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BLiberto
Baltimore, MD24 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
I thought the Kew Gardens was awesome. It is very large and I don't think you could see it all in one day so it is best to plan what you want to see most before you get tired. We wanted to see the lily pads and were not disappointed. They are beautiful. We saw a lot of other plants and thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
Written 22 May 2024
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Georgie T
Clevedon, UK10 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
Lovely day and gardens- all beautifully kept but far too few toilet facilities considering the huge number of visitors. The loos were very spread out so at various points there was a long walk and long queues. Also, on a hot day there could have been more cold drink stalls to avoid the queues too. But apart from that we had a fantastic day and will definitely go again. The Temperate House was incredible and we took the little 45 minute train tour- very informative. The rhododendron walk was very quiet and beautiful.
Written 12 May 2024
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ZenDark30
Portland, OR4,182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Plan for a day. Hands down this garden is world class and exceeded our expectations. Not knowing much about it beforehand and with only a half day in London we opted for a garden stroll.

There are several major pavilions each with their own character and history. We hit the Princess of Wales Conservatory, Palm House, Temperate House and great pagoda. Throughout the gardens is a special exhibit by Marc Quinn. His sculptures compliment the foliage well.

We arrived about 9:30 which was ideal as the line grew for the 10am opening. We bought tickets at the gate although you could buy online for a discount. Also members get in early.
Written 12 May 2024
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Jan T
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I was gifted a voucher for 2 which gave entry into the gardens and either a cream and jam scone or slice of cake with a drink which we took in the Orangery.

It was a lovely early Spring day and the gardens were flooded with colour and there was lots of wildlife activity. It was easy to step off the path and take a seat just to relax in the surroundings and it was lovely to see families picnicking with their children running around.

There were two things which we were disappointed in having visited on more than one occasion previously, albeit may years ago. The first was the toilets which were really shabby and the other was the Palm House which we remembered as being beautiful to look at, but is now dirty and drab looking although the exhibits are as amazing as ever.

We were very impressed at the helpfulness of all the staff we met so all in all had a great day.
Written 10 May 2024
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Ali C
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Kew Gardens are of course wonderful all round. My disappointment was with the cafe food standard vs price. 'Prawn fritters' @ £10.50 turned out to be 3 one-bite size prawn concoction with a slash of mayo across them. Zero else....£10.50. Really. By any standard that is taking the piss! On a semi busy day tables were slow to be cleared, we cleared the debris from ours before we could sit down but even after our food was delivered and server hands were free they didn't take the debris (now on a chair) away with them. I write this as constructive criticism for the cafe so they can improve. I'm not saying don't go to visitors reading this, I'm just hoping Kew read these reviews and act upon them.
Written 6 May 2024
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glitrberi
USA85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
If you find yourself in London, you simply must spend a day at Kew Gardens. I've been a few times before, and I still don't think I've seen all of it (the last time I visited was for their Christmas Lights display). There are so many interesting plants, flowers and trees to see.
Written 6 May 2024
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bakerm2290
Raleigh, NC373 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We walked almost the entire garden. Loved every second of it. Wear comfy shoes and just walk around and enjoy. The Japanese garden was serene. The tropical greenhouse was humid! The kitchen garden was just starting to grow. The roses were a couple of weeks away, but still incredible. LOVED!
Written 6 May 2024
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crm28
Durham, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Gorgeous place, but make sure you take advantage of the lower cost ticket if you are under 30! I don’t think it is well advertised but so pleased I saw it as I would not have paid full price. As lovely as it is, it is expensive.
Written 6 May 2024
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Ute K
Stock, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The walking tour with Tim was really interesting, lots of historical facts, mixed with fantastic knowledge of the plants, trees and flowers, made the one hour (free !) walking tour a great introduction to our experience in the garden.
Written 30 April 2024
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