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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. To visit Royal Botanic Gardens Kew on your holiday in Richmond-upon-Thames, and find out what else Richmond-upon-Thames has to offer, use our Richmond-upon-Thames holiday planner.
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SamueldavidhaleAugust 21, 2017
I had never been to Kew Gardens before and I was pleasantly surprised. The gardens were beautifully well kept. We had lunch at the restaurant which was delicious. I can't wait to go back! more »
roscwmbranAugust 21, 2017
Spent all day here and still did not see everything, went on the train which goes around the gardens and is good value and you can travel on it all day, a good way to find your bearings. Lots of eatin... more »
Thomas MAugust 21, 2017
The gardens are lovely and the palm house and glasshouses interesting. Parking is limited and not well advertised, but we had no problem on a summer weekday at 11:00. Food from the cafe at Victoria Ga... more »
121 acres of beautiful flora, some dating back to the 18th century. You need a full day (actually more than that) to be able to explore the garden fully. But this bliss comes at a price as there is an entry fee, the proceeds of which are used for a good cause. The tree top walk is simply out of the world experience. I would definitely visit Kew Gardens again. Make sure to check the opening times as they vary with date and month.
Fantastic place - took me 20 years of living in London before I went but will now be a regular visitor. Huge site with stunning landscaped areas alongside more casual woodland and the greenhouses. Looking forward to the refurbishment of the large greenhouse to be completed in 2018. Superb lunch overlooking the lake. Nearly 6 hours flew by!!
A really beautiful and relaxing place. The grounds are huge. The food in the cafe was a bit pricey. I paid about 20 pound for 2 sandwiches,2 drinks and 2 fruit pots. They do a kids deal where you can choise 5 items for 5 pounds. There is a huge array of plants on show all of which are labelled. There is plenty of place for a picnic. Well worth a visit.
It is worth becoming a Friend of Kew Gardens if you will be making multiple visits in a 12 month period. Not only can you get in faster (there is a separate line for people who have a ticket and members. Plus you get to bring someone one guest for free. Even if you come alone. If you want to visit the gardens several times - which you need to, if you want to see everything properly it is the cheaper than buying a ticket each time.. I would also recommend bringing lunch as there is lots of areas where you can sit down and have a picnic. Mind you if you bring children PLEASE keep an eye on them and make sure they are respectful of other visitors and especially of the plants. I was very annoyed with one lot that were running wild among the woodland plants area trampling on some of the plants.
Kew Gardens is a fantastic place, but its really big for one day! Its best digested over 2 or even more visits. For that reason I HIGHLY recommend buying the "Friend of kew gardens" annual pass for approx £65. This lets you come to Kew Gardens at any time AND bring one friend for free. The cost is the same as coming with a friend twice and each paying a standard adult entry (4x£16.50=£66).
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