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“Lovely even when not in full bloom”

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Kew
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 22 March 2013

I went to Kew Gardens in March, so enjoyed the just-blooming daffodils and crocuses, but most of the flowering bushes will be better in a few weeks. Still, one can marvel at the
Palm House, and the Temperate House, etc. any time of the year. They are amazing structures in themselves, and would be a delight year round. We went about 11:30 am and just finished as the place was closing for the day, so plan for the full day to have time to see everything.

There are lovely paths all over, and for walkers, there are many paths through the woodsy areas that looked like they would be beautiful to explore. I got tired after walking from place to place, so after about 3 hours, bought a ticket for the hop-on hop-off tram. It allowed me to see some of the vistas off the main paths, and to get off and explore one more building knowing I could hop back on when I was done... Throughout, good labelling of the
lants and trees, especially things about tea, coffee, cocoa plants that we use in everyday life but have never seen in it's growing environment.
So if you are a limited walker, you could start off using the tram and find it a much more manageable day. Start at Victoria Gate, where the tram starts, and then you can work your way around the gardens, at your own pace.
Several choices for having lunch, and a delightful gift shop - again at the Victoria Gate. This would also be a good outing with kids, who have plenty of room to chase around a bit between exhibits, and there is one lunch place geared for kids and school trips, with a big
playground out back. I a classifiying ths as taking "more than 3 hours" but you cluld certainly soend one or two delightful hours there, you would just not get to see much of it's attractions. Clean bathrooms.

Thank MJP-22
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

Overall very interesting. If interested in plants it's brilliant, although lots of walking. Great if you like photography (some amazing flowers0

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Reviewed 20 March 2013

Kew Gardens are an easy escape from busy London. Here you can let your wary feet relax while you taking the views from one of the benches, cafes or little train on one of the rides.
Regardless of the time of the year there is pleanty to discover and enjoy. Look out for number of sculptures hiden away, take a tree top walk, visit number of glasshouses or take a step back and see how the world evolved in Evolution House.
There is a playground for kids and several cafes in which you can refuel and rest. There is also plenty on offer in the gift shop.

Any time spent in Kew Gardens will be cherished and make you want to come back. There are always a lot of events held whole year around so you will not be bored with only the greenery to look at.

Thank jaas74
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

We visited the garden on a sunny afternoon, beginning of March. Even though the trees were bare, it was still delightful to stroll around as the grounds are well kept. There was a wonderful orchid display in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. The tree top walkway is spectacular. Don't miss the Marianne North gallery. It has more than 800 plant and landscape paintings done during her extensive foreign travels.

Thank LanYin
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Reviewed 18 March 2013 via mobile

When compared to similar activities such as The Eden Project in Cornwall I don't feel Kew Gardens is good value for money.

I visited in March and there were no bright coloured flowers in the gardens, having visited Eden twice at this time of year I had expected to be wowed by Kew, not to see a load of grass I can see anywhere.

There was nothing educational or any exciting activities to take part in. The green houses although very pretty inside did not have much information about the plants eg their origins, interesting facts etc

The coffee shops were extortionate, I had expected them to be pricey as its London but compared to coffee shop prices in central London eg The Tower of London cafe, the cafes at Kew were not only a rip off but the quality of food and drink awful.
2 small cakes and 2 hot drinks was £20. The carrot was edible, but the hot chocolate I only managed one sip- and this is from ex army where on a cold day in the field any hot drink I'd have been grateful for!

The only plus for Kew is the toilets were kept very clean, especially the floors free from getting sludgy on a rainy day.
Bravo to the philipeno attendant for doing such a brilliant job

Will I visit again? At £16 a person ( off leak!!) definitely not !!

Thank kellie12984
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