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Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Kew
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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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I have been to countless botanical gardens over the years and one of the things that makes this one stand out is the good labeling of the plants. Not everyone in interested in that level of detail, bu... read more »
Kew Gardens is a wonderful place to visit at any time of year but the downside in the last seven years has been the very expensive food and long peak queues at the Peyton & Byrne restaurants. However,... read more »
My wife and I spent the day here on 12.10.2016. We had a wonderful day exploring the various glass houses and walking through various borders. We saw and explored the Hive which explains about bees an... read more »
Wonderful place. Me and my friend have spent 5 hours first time exploring this place and we loved it. If you are planning to visit it I would definitely recommend to get some additional time to visit Princess of Wales Conservatory. It's beautiful out there no matter the weather or season.
It's great if you love plants for it has a diverse collection. If the weather is dull the greenhouses provide an alternative flora. It will take you more than one visit as it is a seasonal place. The botanical art is beautiful. I would say eating is pricey but there are picnic places. I believe it's very good value for money.
One of the must see places in London. Lot's to see and something for everyone. We particularly enjoyed the Kew Palace, Lilley pond house, ride on the explorer buggy (£5) and the glasshouse. We will be back. You can spend days and not see all of it. Would recommend packing a picnic as the food prices are high and portion sizes very small. Very helpful & knowledgeable staff.
Despite being adjacent to one of London's most major roads , Kew Gardens is like an oasis amongst the hustle bustle of the city. When you walk in you start to realise how immense in size the place is and would therefore recommend that you either be physically capable to walk or use the guided train for those who cannot walk very far. The place has many features , some well established such as the tropical green house and the Japanese pagoda to the newer or seasonal features such as the hive which are great to experience for yourself. The food is good at the restaurants, I guess what you'd expect at a London attraction (sandwiches and salads bowls were £4.50 each) I went on a sunny warm day and actually wished I brought a picnic of my own as there's always lots of space to find solitude away from any crowds and take in the beauty of the surroundings . Only small thing that I'd mention negatively Nd not Kew Gardens fault , is that Heathrow airport isn't that far away and the planes fly fairly low overhead .. So can be quite noisy especially with the large jumbo jets. Apart from that , it's paradise!
I've been a member of KEW for about two years and it's one of the best investment I've ever made. I find it amazing and full of wonder. I've been to the Orchid Festival, I've seen the Hive, I've been on a tour of the KEW Palace and Royal Kitchen, I've seen a photo exhibit, and I've had an intro of Botanical illustrations and these events are in addition to the immense variety of trees and plants you get to see. Definitely worth the membership.
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