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    The walk to the gardens

    by garridogal Written Jan 31, 2010
    Downtown Kew Gardens
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    Favorite thing: I remember really enjoy the walk to and from the gardens. In fact, we decided to have a couple at one of its local pubs before heading back to London so we could spend a little more time there.

    Just an adorable neighborhood!

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Photography
    • Budget Travel

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    Peacocks

    by jo104 Updated Jul 12, 2007

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    Favorite thing: These birds are loose strolling around the grounds

    You will also see pheasents, swans and even a woodpecker if you are fortunate.

    I unfortunately just missed a kodak moment as one fanned its tail feathers

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    Free Walking Tours

    by jo104 Written Jul 11, 2007

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    Favorite thing: General tours of the gardens are given each day at 11am & 2pm leaving from the Victoria gate.
    The tours are offered on a first come first serve & to book you need to arrive at the information desk 15min before, only the first 15 are able to join the walk.

    Groups of 5+ people must pre-book this will cost GBP30 for the guide.

    There are also sometimes extra themed walks included & it best to check the board at the entry gate for times. These walks take approximately an hour and covers off path discoveries.

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    Kew Gardens ~ spectacular and serene

    by Jenniflower Written Dec 26, 2006

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    Beautiful landscaped gardens
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    Favorite thing: After viewing Kew Palace, we hopped onto the little train that takes you around the Gardens.. we didn’t have much time here (only an afternoon), so thought this would be the best way to view it.

    It was super, except for the fact we had VERY noisy and disruptive kids behind us the whole trip. We battled to hear the commentary as a result. It cost us £3.50 each.

    We saw a lot though and will go back and bring a picnic and do it properly. There are 300 acres to see after all!

    The gardens are a mix of order and wildness it seems to me. They have formal landscaped sections, green houses and less cultivated areas.

    The Chinese pagoda reaches high into the sky and is Kew’s most recognisable feature.

    On the little train we also drove quite close to the Thames River, where we could see people walking, playing ball and cycling. We think a picnic would go down well there! So, we will be back in summer!

    Fondest memory: Something that piqued my fancy was the Grass Garden. I have a deep love and fascination of paper, enjoy making it and using it to create. Inside the garden there are over 600 varieties of grasses from all over the world.

    Next door is the Wood House, where they explain how to make paper and its origins. All very interesting!

    Related to:
    • Birdwatching
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Eco-Tourism

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    The Pagoda

    by jo104 Written Jul 14, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Pagoda is open this summer from 27/5/06 - 24/9/06 it stands some 163ft high
    From the top on a clear day you can get excellent views of London

    These include Battersea Power station, The London Eye & Wembley Arch

    Be advised that the tickets are purchased in time slots
    Also there are 253 steps all the way to the top, however you do not need to climb to the vey top as views can be obtained at different levels.

    The cost is GBP3 & can be purchased at the ticket gate

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    Kew Garden Explorer

    by jo104 Written Jul 14, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Kew Explorer is a passenger cart "people mover" that travels around Kew Gardens 300acres. The route incorporates 8 stops close to buildings & points of interest. The cart operates all day on a hop on hop off basis. There is one place for a wheelchair user.

    The whole route currently lasts 35-40min

    Tickets cost GBP3.50 for Adults & GBP1 for children

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    Wallabies in Kew

    by jo104 Written Jul 13, 2006

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    Help the wallaby has got Karen!!

    Favorite thing: Kew Gardens have introduced wallabies into the gardens, I thought they may have been hopping around wild however when we were there they were in an enclosed area & not hopping much to our dissapointment.

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    I couldn't believe it ....

    by novsco61 Updated Nov 15, 2004

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    Favorite thing: It was a windy day when I visited Kew gardens. Our visit lasted only about 2 hours when park-keepers directed us to exit door because it was too dangerous to stay in the gardens. They offered us free entrance for any other day . But we planned to leave London next day so I made a written complaint at the gate. After about 3 weeks I got a letter from Kew Gardens . They very sorry because something like that happened to me. And what surprised me the most - they enclosed a check .

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    121 ha world of plants

    by Roeffie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Dali Art work in Kew Gardens

    Favorite thing: These wonderful gardens are 121 ha. The world's biggest botanical garden, with beautiful greenhouses en lots of specialized sorts of gardens like rock garden, Bamboo garden and so on.

    Fondest memory: You feel like you are somewhere in a rainforest when you visit one of the greenhouses. Beautiful palm trees and other kinds of tropical plants.

    Related to:
    • Eco-Tourism

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    Test your strength

    by jo104 Updated Jul 12, 2007

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    Muscle man Han

    Favorite thing: A great photo opportunity!
    A chance to test your strength by holding up this heavy tree branch.
    You'll find this spot on the other side of the secluded gardens

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    Conserve the Stag

    by jo104 Written Jul 13, 2006

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    Which do you fancy Stag no 1 or stag no 2??
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    Favorite thing: Thats stag beetle to you!!Britains largest terrestrial insect
    This area reconstructs there habitat they seem to be declining due to habitat decline

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    Nigella Damascus

    by bzh Written Apr 1, 2003
    Nigella Damascus aka Miss Jekyll

    Favorite thing: I like this flower because of its nickname: Miss Jekyll. It's got nothing to do with Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde but is linked to the name of the lady botanist who discovered it.

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    • Eco-Tourism

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    Dali woz 'ere

    by bzh Written Apr 1, 2003
    Dali's trademark

    Favorite thing: Salvador Dali visited the Royal Botanic Gardens several times when he came to London. As a temporary exhibition in front of the Palm House is a reproduction of one of his melting watches.

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