Kew Gardens Travel Guide

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Kew Gardens Highlights

  • Pro
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     Stunning, unusual plants 

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     Can't think of any - its wonderful! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Lots to see!; productive in its scientific approach 

Kew Gardens Things to Do

  • The Royal Botanic Gardens

    This is another one of those well known places that you should make an effort to visit - it is not located in the heart of the tourist trap of central London and is in fact fairly close to London Heathrow Airport.There is an admission charge - but you can spend the whole day in the gardens and hot houses.

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  • The National Archives

    This is an interesting Government Department to visit; and it is open to the public for the purposes of research, teaching and visiting. This is the official Government depository for official Records of England and Wales and some relating to the entire United Kingdom.There is a coffee shop, a gift shop and lots of people researching their family...

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  • No Queues at Kew

    I was very pleased to find there was no queueing! There were several ticket booths open and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Adult tickets cost 10GBP, wheelchair users 7GBP, their essential carers go free.Children are free too - but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.For more information about Kew Gardens and what's on check out...

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  • Evolution House

    Behind the Temperate House is another small glass building called the Evolution House showing plant evolution over millions of years.

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  • Palm House-The Queen's Beasts

    In front of the Palm House is a row of 10 statues, the Queen's beasts, including the Lion of England shown in the attached photo. For a better description of the beasts, see the attached website.

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  • The Gardens!

    Although there may be many interesting things to do in Kew Gardens, we went solely to see the gardens. And they are just FAB-u-LOUS!

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  • Waterlilly house

    These lillies are huge I can almost picture a huge frog jumping from one to the otherThe best time to see as many flowers open is early morning or evening, although these lillypads look like something out of a fairytale you will see no frogs here!There was a display of various kinds of chilli and pepper plants for the medditarranean festival they...

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  • Japanese Gateway

    This beautiful piece of artwork is a replica of the Karamon in Nishi Hongan-ji in Kyoto, it is 4/5ths the size though. The intricate carvings depict flowers, animals & shows the devotion of pupil to their master.This replica was created for an exhibition in London in 1910 so its taken a long time of restoration work & landed up at Kew.The Zen...

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  • Unusual plants

    In Kew you will find many unusual plants you've never seen before.Monkey knew straight away that this was a monkey puzzle tree and again hopped out the bag for a photo moment.Kew also has various themed plants for festivals they have on these change with the seasons

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  • Redwood Grove

    It is with awe that I sat in this area surrounded by really tall trees, you can almost sense the wisdom of these ancient trees - it is a calm area.Also in this area is a walk called the Cedar vista which takes you up to the lilly pond. The Lilly pond was not as spectacular as I expected but then you are spoilt for choice after seeing the amazing...

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  • Secluded gardens

    This little cottage style garden has small pockets of places to sit and relax. There are poems about sight, scent, hearing and touch with corresponding plants to stimulate these senses.The unusual water feature has been seen on the 2007 Apprentice series when they were searching for unusual shapes for a building. It is a very pretty part of the...

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  • Kew Gardens

    Kew Gardens is about 300acres of pure garden heaven,There are various glasshouses to visit & often artistict displays. Kew is always putting on some or other event so best check the website out before you go. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the grounds although there are restauants inside. You can go in & out of the gardens with your ticket so you can...

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Kew Gardens Restaurants

  • Tapas y Vino - Mediterranean Tapas

    A while back we had a great meal at Tapas y Vino in Twickenham, so when a new branch opened in Kew we thought we should check it out, arranging to meet friends there for dinner.Tapas y Vino serve up Mediterranean Tapas, offering a mixture of traditional and specialty dishes. The décor has a Mediterranean theme, and this new Kew restaurant is less...

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  • British cuisine in Kew

    Love them or hate them, you can't escape the celebrity chef in the UK. They are everywhere, their restaurants popping up all over the country. You've got to wonder how do they manage cook at each one every day ; )I don't know much about celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson, but I do know he has a very annoying voice! Anyway, we were invited out...

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  • Gastro Pub in Kew

    The Inn at Kew Gardens is an award winning Gastro Pub located below the Kew Gardens Hotel, in Kew, West London. I had started reading good things about the food there, so we arranged to meet some friends there for dinner one night.You enter off the street into a welcoming bar area. The inside dining area is to the rear, and there is also a heated...

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  • Orangery - Cafe/Restaurant in Kew...

    The Orangery is a café and self-service restaurant located in Kew Gardens, hence only accessible to those who have paid to access the Gardens. It is housed in an attractive Grade 1 listed building, with a sunny terrace at the front for those rare, drizzle free days.I recently visited Kew Gardens with a friend and we stopped by the Orangery for some...

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  • Tea room

    I decided to go for a light lunch outside of the gardens as it can be a bit pricey to eat in the garden orangey or the like. So on Sue_Stone's recommendation we headed to the Maid of Honour tearoom.It is a fairly quaint place with a very cosy atmosphere. There is a bakery attached to the restaurant & you can purchase slices of cake to takeaway,...

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  • Kew Fish Bar - take away food

    One early evening we visited some friends in Kew to check out their new baby. Afterwards we wanted to pick up something tasty to have for dinner and I had a hankering for fish & chips.I knew I had seen a likely take away shop just next to Kew Gardens station, so we headed there to check it out. We discovered a cheerful looking place called the Kew...

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Kew Gardens Transportation

  • Bus to help Disabled

    This is a ideal way to see the gardens at Kew especially for those who have difficulty getting around.

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  • 65 Bus to Kew Gardens

    If you want to come to Kew Gardens by bus take route 65. Buses stop just outside Victoria Gate, but one can also get off at Kew Green and use Main Gate. 65 operate between Kingston and Ealing via Richmond and Kew. Fares are currently £2 (cash fare) and £1 on Oyster Card (£1.20 after 2/01/2010).

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  • Tube it to Kew

    Kew Gardens is a stop on the District Line (Green line) falling in zone 3You need to cross over the railway bridge to get onto the side where Kew Gardens is.We did notice that for wheelchair access there must be an accessible crossing further on, there is a map at the station giving the layout of Kew. The Victoria gate is the quickest gate to enter...

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Kew Gardens Shopping

  • Knicknacks and Whotnots and Bits and...

    Nice little shop selling all the things listed in the title. I didn't get distracted though - as I was on a mission to get to the Royal Botanical Gardens. I did have a quick look at the postcards - but bought nothing . 50p for postcards - dunno how much for the hammock.

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  • Seeds and organic sweets

    What could a souvenir shop in a place like Kew Gardens sell? Flowers, bulbs and seeds for the keen gardener obviously. Everything you'd want that can grow in the British Isles, you will find here. You will also find organic sweets and jams that are very nice. And of course, all the more standard souvenirs, such as key rings et al. Seeds for the...

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Kew Gardens Warnings and Dangers

  • Queues at Kew!

    School holidays can be a mini nightmare at times in London. During holidays queues are longer etc. due to the volumes of kiddies out and about. Easter week is also slightly manic, as are bank holidays.We last went to Kew Gardens in April 2006, and I was in a really long queue, and there is generally no queue, you can usually just walk in through...

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  • Out of season

    Well, of course there will be some plants in full bloom and some plants that are past bloom so pay attention to the leaflet they hand you when you entrance to see what you can skip.The azaleas, magnolias and rhododendrons were all past bloom so the middle section of the garden could have really been skipped but since I was on foot there was no...

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Kew Gardens What to Pack

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    Luggage and bags: Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Whether snowy/wet/sunny/warm or cold weather, layer your clothing.
    Wear thermal underwear (these are easily bought at the local clothing shops), with warm leggings and a top under a toasty jacket for the cold. I have my trusty grey duffle coat, plus a white snow jacket for this type of weather, and they are a godsend!
    Wear flat shoes that have a good grip, as when it is snowing, and afterwards, when it is sludge, it's really difficult to walk and keep your balance!
    Always remember to bring a cap/hat that covers your head and neck for when it gets hot, as well as sunglasses.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen (Factor 35 is the minimum factor I use, no matter what the weather is), headache tablets and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, cotton wool, germolene etc.

    Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and a EUROPEAN plug extension.

    Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars.

    A picnic! :)

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    • Water Sports
    • Photography
    • Hiking and Walking

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Kew Gardens Off The Beaten Path

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    The new Treetop Walkway was opened in May 2008.
    We went on an uncrowded day and were able to go straight up, without queueing.
    I should imagine that at the weekend it will get busier.
    There is a lift, but not yet working- so we had to climb the 105 steps up to the top!

    Kew Gardens is easily accessible by public transport.The Tube District Line runs direct to Kew Gardens station (Westwards) from London and it's then a short, direct walk to the Gardens entrance- Victoria gate- well signposted.

    Bus 65 runs from Richmond or Ealing direct to the Gardens.There are several stops for the Main Gate, Victoria Gate, Lion Gate entrances.
    Parking is at a premium near to the gardens, so using public transport is much more convenient.

    There are several restaurants and cafeterias within the Gardens, but taking a picnic is cheaper!

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    • Trains
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Hiking and Walking

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Kew Gardens Favorites

  • The walk to the gardens

    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!

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  • Test your strength

    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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  • Peacocks

    These birds are loose strolling around the groundsYou 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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