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World Heritage Site logoOn 3 July 2003 the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was officially inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

The eminence of Kew today is thanks to a succession of avid collectors, visionary scientists, inspired landscape architects and redoubtable gardeners who, over the centuries, have grown and developed the gardens, and the collections they contain.

But why Kew? Why these particular 300 acres on this specific bend of the Thames in south-west London?

About World Heritage Site Status

learn how and why Kew became a World Heritage Site

Timeline

take a journey through time as the gardens evolved

People

meet the people who shaped the gardens

explore the unique and fascinating places

Plants

discover Kew's plants, living records of Kew's heritage