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.
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