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Visit Kew Gardens

Explore glasshouses, landscapes and 250 years of history at the world's most famous garden. Climb to the treetops, delve into rainforest or discover more on a guided tour.


Opening times

  • Kew opens at 9.30am every day except 24/25 December

Guided tours

Cafes and restaurants

How to find us

  • Directions and transport information on how to get to Kew

Access to Kew Gardens

  • Details and guides for accessible facilities and routes within the gardens

Visitor information map

  • Our current Visitor Information map is available from ticket offices on arrival, or you can download a pdf.   

Please note  

The Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway will be closed from 16 January to 2 March for essential maintenance to the lift and walkway.  Tree planting and horticultural maintenance will also be undertaken in the surrounding area during this period.

Please note that the Palm House will be closing early at 2.00pm each Tuesday afternoon until further notice.

Please note that the North block, North Octagon and Central Block of the Temperate House are closed at present for essential maintenance work. Click here for details of our fundraising campaign for the restoration of the Temperate House. 


Your Kew

We invite photographers to capture the sights at Kew and Wakehurst. These images are a selection of images submitted by photographers from around the world. We hope you enjoy them. You can see more on Flickr.

Don't miss

Stag beetle loggery

Stag Beetle Loggery

Kew’s stag beetle loggery was created to provide a safe haven for stag beetles, which are globally endangered.

Conservation area

Conservation area

In 1898, Queen Victoria gave Queen Charlotte’s Cottage to Kew on the proviso that its grounds should be left in a wild, natural state.

Davies Alpine House

Davies Alpine House

The Davies Alpine House is the latest addition to Kew’s glasshouses. It opened in 2006, the first new glasshouse to be commissioned for two decades. It is located at the north end of the Rock Garden.

Rock Garden - Kew

Rock Garden

Kew dabbled in creating small rock features during the mid-19th century but only constructed a substantial rock garden in 1882.

Watercolour of Everest by Fitch from Hooker sketch

Talk - Meet the conservator

Wed 25 January 2012, 2pm

Every month, join a member of Kew’s conservation team as they demonstrate and discuss their work conserving Kew’s historic collections.

Encephalartos woodii

Plants in Peril exhibition

Mon 26 December 2011 - Sun 18 March 2012

This exhibition in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art presents illustrations of endangered plants from over thirty countries around the world.

Horticulturist pruning orchids at Kew Gardens

Course - Orchids for beginners

Thu 16 February 2012, 10.30am - 3.30pm

This one day course aims to give you the knowledge and confidence to be able to grow orchids successfully in your own home.

Daffodil wood at Kew Gardens

Talk - The universe in the landscape

Wed 29 February 2012

In a talk on his landscape work and recently published book, Charles Jencks explores several metaphors that underlie both growing nature and the laws of nature, comparisons and parallels that root us personally in the cosmos, as firmly as a plant.

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