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Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Kew
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Owner description: This summer, come to Kew Gardens and experience the life enhancing power of plants at our summer festival, Plantasia. Discover 300 acres packed full of sensory experiences to excite your eyes, enchant your ears, make your toes tingle, and your spirits soar. Explore iconic Victorian glasshouses, 300 acres of stunning landscapes and 250 years of history at the world's most famous garden. You'll find 90 world-class attractions including a royal palace, an 18th century Pagoda and an 18-metre high, 200-metre long treetop walkway. Not to mention a tropical rainforest just 30 minutes from central London. We also offer a variety of onsite restaurants and cafes catered by Peyton and Byrne and fantastic activities for kids. Please note that the Temperate House is closed until 2018 for essential restoration work.
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Lovely Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

For a day out in London we chose Kew Gardens with friends who now live in London and had never been. This was probably a mistake as getting to London and chatting to our friends meant we didn't get to Kew early and there is so much to see. Didn't like the cost of entrance however, but children are free (we had none). The park is very large and many of the trees are superb; standing in large spaces all to themselves some of them are able to grow to their magnificent best. One really has to be a botanist to spend long in the palm house but beneath it there were water scapes where I enjoyed watching the first ever hermit crab I had seen. We did a lot of walking and looking and enjoyed the canopy walk, high above the ground. Even if you (like me) fear heights it is worth going up to admire trees up in the branches. There is a lift available only for people who have difficulty climbing stairs but everyone seemed to be using it. On a busy day it might have entailed a long wait. There is plenty of food available in the gardens and lots of buildings containing plants and some other exhibitions, but we were short of time............I think a full day is needed to get the most from the place. The best bit was definitely just wandering around. £4.50 will get you a day pass to the road train that you can hop and off at will. £62 will buy annual membership which we would certainly have if we lived within easy bussing distance but we don't.

Visited May 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful spot for a summers day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

Kew is a lovely place to take a picnic and go find a secluded spot with friends somewhere amongst the vast grounds and wile away a hot summers day. Lots to see and do, perhaps even be inspired to tend your garden or simply marvel at the array of stunning colours and greens.

Quintessentially English - Food is overpriced and crap but the grounds are stunning

Visited June 2014
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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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“Romantic hideaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

We had a lovely stroll through the gardens on a wonderfully hot day. We we're fortunate enough to visit on a week day, so apart from a few school parties who left relatively early, we pretty much had the run of the place. Such an impressive garden, with so much to see and do. I'm so pleased that they have re-opened the pagoda - and the tree top walk is fab. Even just lying on a shady spot reading a book was sublime.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Great for a day out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

Kew Gardens has several glass housing plants all over the world. There is also barefoot walking root and other family friendly features. But when you put aside these features, it's just an ordinary park. It is similar to Eden Project and if you visited there, don't bother to go to Kew Gardens. If you are planning to visit, I recommend you to buy your ticket online and avoid waiting in the queue.

Visited June 2014
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“A National Institution......”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014 via mobile

Housing ants & some small animals from all over the world as well as Britain itself The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew are definitely worth visiting.

We visited on a beautiful early summer sunny day when the roses were definitely looking & smelling their best. Sadly the rhodendrons were past flowering & looked rather untidy but I guess that's nature!!

The park is extensive so wear comfortable walking shoes as you will walk miles through wonderful old established trees that have literally been there for hundreds of years since the area was hunting country for the kings of long ago.

The highlight is perhaps the canopy walk where you climb up hundreds of steps to walk in a sturdy & well constructed platform at tree top height. As well as getting good vies of the trees down below you get fantastic views out over west London from here.

There are many greenhouses housing exotic & rare plans as well as normally outdoor plants from hot climates. My particular favourites are the Orchid houses & the area housing desert plants from my native South Africa.

For those that cannot survive without their "cuppa" there are plenty if restaurants & tea shops dotted throughout the park.

For those who perhaps can't walk as well or as far as others there is a regular "train service" within the park where you can hop on & off as you make your tour.

The many old houses within the park host various exhibitions & demonstrations. There is a wonderful herb garden as well as fruit garden at the George 111 house.

There is a great children's play area with climbing logs etc

As Kew is directly under the final approach on the flight path into Heathrow it is also a plane spotters paradise - i spent as as much time looking at & identifying planes from all over the world as I did admiring the wonderful trees etc,

Car parking is available but can be tricky due to sheer demand. The London Underground has a stop at Kew

Entry tickets can be booked, paid & printed out at home saving time at the gate when you get there.

A really worthwhile day out in London.

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