28 Nov 2009

Explore Kew Gardens on Google Street View

Nature fans and gardening fanatics can find inspiration by navigating the paths of Kew Gardens’ 326 acre site. Take in the largest collection of plants in the world – 30,000 different species, including 14,000 trees – and iconic structures such as the Palm House and Pagoda.

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View of Kew's Palm House with Google Street View interface

Kew Gardens on Google Street View

Explore Kew Gardens & win Kew Membership!

We are offering one lucky person a year's free membership of Kew for two, offering free visits and a bunch of Kew goodies.

All you have to do is explore Kew Gardens using Google's Street View application, and look out for the hidden objects.

Remember! - To find out more about the competition and to enter, you must join our free twitter stream or our Facebook Fan page.

Earlier this year, Google teamed up with Kew to capture our iconic Gardens for people to explore using Google Street View.

Google Street View was launched in 2007 and provides 360° horizontal and 290° vertical panoramic street level views within Google Maps.

How we did it

To produce the Street View of Kew Gardens, Google sent a 'Trike' team to collect images of different places around the Gardens. Reminiscent of an ice cream cart, this Trike enables the Google Street View team to reach areas not accessible by car, such as hiking trails, college campuses and gardens.

The Trike is set up with special cameras and equipment to capture and match images to a specific location using GPS (Global Positioning System) devices. Once these photographs are taken, they go through a stage of computer processing to make them ready for showing on Google Maps. In this process individual images are 'sewn' together to create a 360° panorama of photographed places.

Google then apply cutting-edge face-blurring technology. This helps to make sure that the faces of pedestrians, and in our case Garden visitors, are blurred out before the final images are made available on Google Maps.

Explore Kew Gardens using Google Street View

Drag and drop the orange man
Drag the orange man onto the map of the area to explore Kew Gardens
  • Navigate to Kew Gardens using Google Maps.
  • Click the orange man icon located at the top left of the map, and drag it onto Kew Gardens.
  • To rotate the view click the arrows in the top left corner of the view, or drag the ring outside the arrows.
  • To navigate around the Gardens, click one of the white arrows overlaid on the paths to move in that direction, or use the arrow keys.
  • Look out for the hidden object in the Gardens to win a years FREE Membership at Kew Gardens for two, and a bunch of Kew goodies. To find out more about the competition and to enter, you must join our free twitter stream or our Facebook Fan page.
  • Find out more information about how to use Google Street View.

Visit Google Maps and try out the Street View of Kew Gardens  

Street View will provide a fascinating view of Kew Gardens, both for those planning a visit and for those who just want see how beautiful it looks!

Professor Stephen Hopper, Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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4 comments on 'Explore Kew Gardens on Google Street View'

Nikki says

20/08/2011 9:46:07 PM | Report abuse

What a great idea! We visit Kew very regularly and I always think about how much I'll miss it when we move out of London - this way I'll still get to see my favourite parts! I've recently been blogging about my visits to Kew - Littleflowerbaby.wordpress.com


Ermina E. Bosch says

13/01/2010 12:00:00 AM | Report abuse

What a wonderful idea! I lived in Kew Village until one year ago and I miss my walks in the gardens terribly. This will warm my spirit through the winter months until I can return in the Spring and continue to enjoy my daily walks in this magical place.


Tracey Lee says

10/01/2010 12:00:00 AM | Report abuse

I go to Kew every weekend, and it looks just like the view shown here, only better so l suggest you make a visit, well worth it!


Dave says

10/01/2010 12:00:00 AM | Report abuse

The January e-newsletter says " Kew has teamed up with Google to capture our iconic Gardens with 360 degree views from all the pathways inside Kew's 326 acre site." In fact, far from all the pathways are covered. Apart from that, it's a great idea.


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