Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Kew

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#1 of 538 in Nature in England
One of the most iconic garden complexes in the UK, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew has a luxurious, almost decadent beauty stemming from its lush backdrop, colorful flowerbeds, and quaint greenhouses. Opened in 1759, the gardens contain over 30,000 kinds of plants, including a number of exotic and rare specimens, as well as a library boasting more than 750,000 volumes. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Richmond-upon-Thames holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Absolutely wonderful and enjoyed equally by 3 young children and 7 adults. It is crowded but the timed entry system does at least spread things out. A good idea to bring torches and put something brig...  more »
  • We had the most wonderful time in Kew for their Christmas lights. Such an amazing experience and so atmospheric. It was a lot better than I expected with different light shows and music. Definitely go...  more »
  • A fantastic way to spend a winters evening. Christmas at Kew had plenty to keep guests occupied although there was quite a bit of “add ons” such as drinks, food and snacks being pushed at each part of...  more »
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  • Love this place! Christmas at Kew is excellent. Always very well thought out and executed brilliantly. Food is a little over priced but there’s a good selection to cater for all tastes. Also nothing to stop you taking your own snacks if you wanted. Brilliant light show over the lake at the end of the trail.
  • As someone who grew up in Kew I'll always have a soft spot for the Gardens. If you'd like some time where the air is delightfully fresh surrounded by a multitude of different plants and flowers I'm sure you'll find it a great place to go. As a regular I'd generally return around Christmas as that was my favorite time of year as they put up lights across the gardens. Makes for a lovely trip for the family~
  • We have only been once, but we had a really great day. And it's definitely the kind of place you need to spend more than a single day to explore fully. The food and drink outlets are good and the Thames-side car park we used was excellent. Good value for a great day out.
  • Very nice garden with a variety of trees, flowers depending on the season. Also greenhouse plants are very nice. Must say the best botanical garden in London. But tickets are on higher side. Even find good will may not visit again due to costly tickets, unless there is any offer.
  • Spectacular Christmas show. I was lucky to attend the opening night with my family and we were enchanted with the rainbow of colours, lights and sounds. What a great opening to the festive season! I overheard that each year there are different displays and I already cannot wait for the next time :)

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Accommodations in Richmond-upon-Thames tend towards mid-range and luxury options, with relatively few budget-friendly alternatives. Richmond itself serves as the most popular place to stay in the borough, with a good selection of hotels clustered around Richmond Station, providing excellent transport connections to central London. You can also find a few smaller, more homely hotels and bed and breakfasts in Kew, along Queens Road. For more affordable rooms, look to one of the chain hotels just across the river in Brentford.
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