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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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This was about our 3rd visit here and it never ceases to amaze me. It is a beautiful place to visit in spring time and although there were plenty of people here, it didn't seem too crowded. I truly lo... more »
Not really what we were expecting - it really is just a large open park (more of an arboretum than gardens). The temperate house was also shut for refurbishment when we visited which was a disappointm... more »
Kew is fantastic when the sun is shining (a rarity in England let's face it) and especially recommended in spring. We had a fantastic day touring the gardens in full bloom. There's a lot of different ... more »
These gardens are truly something to behold. Join as a member and enjoy pristine, huge, passionately taken care off and absolutely beautiful Gardens! Perfect for any sunny day. What sets it apart too is the great staff all around the gardens, always willing to help, free tours available and a helping hand looking after you and your family. 5/5 ***** recommended for ANY family day out/date/nature enthusiasts/humans ***** 5/5
I wish I could set up a hut and live on the grounds of Kew Gardens - they are absolutely sublime! Pack a picnic and catch the train from London to enjoy a splendid day strolling the diverse offerings of this green playground. The Hive installation is a wonder and the various greenhouses are absolutely stunning. What a lovely retreat just outside the hustle and bustle of the city
I hadn't been here for a good couple of decades, but decided to visit for my wife's birthday. We made a bee line for the hive which we had seen advertised. As we stood in the middle of this structure, the informative guide explained how the structure was connected to an actual hive in their research labs. When we were there, there was minimal activity so the hum was fairly low and few lights flickered. This changes as the day progresses dependent on the hive activity. The closest you can get to an actual hive is in the Kitchen Garden area. As we progressed around we took in all the glass houses although the temperate one is closed at the moment. It was great for our children to see all these plants that they had previously only read about (sugar can, coconut palms, papaya trees etc). We also came away with many pictures of lilies and dragonflies. Also of interest is the treetop walk which I had not seen before. Two niggles though. We looked at the map and wanted to visit the climbers and creepers expecting to see a Tarzan like jungle exhibit, bout were disappointed to see it was a children's playground. We were not the only ones to make this mistake. We also spent countless millimetres of shoe leather not finding where we wanted to go. There should be more 'You are here' maps and the signs should join up. We followed one sign only to find no further post later in the route. Maybe painted coloured dog paw prints on the path to indicate routes to the main exhibit. Google could also help here with named places within the park and paths properly documented. We did try, but it was of little use as not everything is marked. We had a great day though and our kids, unlike my younger self, thoroughly enjoyed the visit and would love to go again.
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*** Christmas lights - don't miss out, I did it last year, it's quite a treat! *** Stunning botanical garden!! It has one of the world's richest collections. You can spend the whole day there. There are several restaurant on site. Various events across the year.
This is one of my favourite places on earth. More plants than anywhere else. Lots of activities for kids and reasonable admission prices. For a good value day out with a bit of culture. It can't be beaten.
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