The magical Kew Gardens offers visitors a drop of natural beauty and tranquillity at a short distance from the centre of bustling London.
Here, you can explore the world’s largest botanical and mycological collection, and stroll through 300 acres of magnificent nature.
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What to see.
Kew Gardens is packed with numerous wonders. Visit the Arboretum to see a collection of over 14,000 trees, or take in breathtaking views atop the Great Pagoda. Make sure you don’t miss the spectacular Palm House, which houses tropical plants from around the world, and Temperate House, the world’s largest Victorian greenhouse.
For a taste of royalty, you can visit Kew Palace where George III spent many summers.
Some individual sites, such as the Great Pagoda, offer tours. If you’re looking for an overview, there are daily tours that provide an introduction to the gardens, including a look into the history and scientific research. Make sure to check beforehand for availability and booking information.
A brief history of Kew Gardens
The gardens were first established by Princess Augusta, the mother of George III, in 1759. In the following years, collectors introduced thousands of plants and trees from many countries, such as South Africa and the Falklands. Various structures were also added, including the Great Pagoda in 1762 and Palm House in 1848.
In 2003 Kew Gardens was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site and today it holds a place as a reputable scientific institution.
You can visit Kew Gardens year-round, however, opening and closing times are seasonal so you should consult the official website.
Kew Gardens is the nearest tube station, whilst those looking to drive should bear in mind that parking is limited. There is a car park near the Brentford Gate at TW9 3AF. Tickets for Kew Gardens must be purchased beforehand.
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