Kew Gardens and Kew Palace
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a World Heritage Site located in 300 acres of stunning vistas and 6 magnificent glasshouses set in a beautiful landscape beside the River Thames between Richmond and Kew in south-west London. This summer is the perfect time to visit.Entrance includes seasonal exhibitions and activities - some of which include hands-on sessions which are available after entry. Entrance also includes Kew's Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway which takes you on a breathtaking tour under the ground and then 18 metres (59ft) up in the air, bringing you closer to the trees in a way that will take your breath away.
The most intimate of royal palaces, Kew was built as a private house in 1631 and used by the royal family from 1729 to 1818. Sense the joys and sorrows of past royal lives in intimate detail as King George III and his family come to life through a fascinating display of personal artefacts.
In happier times George III, Queen Charlotte and their 15 children enjoyed a relatively simple domestic routine at Kew, the palace rang with laughter and fun, however in later years the atmosphere darkened as family rivalries become more intense and relationships soured. Kew became a retreat for an ailing King George and a virtual prison for his elder unmarried daughters.
Please Note timings for 2019:
- 06 - 31 January 2019: 04:15pm (last entry 3:15pm)
- 01 - 28 February 2019: 05:00pm (last entry 4:00pm)
- 01 - 31 March 2019: 06:00pm (last entry 5:00pm)
- 01 - 30 April 2019: 07:00pm (last entry 6:00pm)
- 01 May - 31 July 2019: Mon - Thurs 07:00pm (last entry 6:00pm), Fri - Sun 08:00pm (last entry 07:00pm) (During Kew the music 9 - 14 July, the garden will close early at 05:00pm, with last entry at 04:00pm)
- 01 August - 30 September 2019: 07:00pm (last entry 06:00pm)
- 01 - 27 October 2019: 06:00pm (last entry 05:00pm)
- 28 October - 19 November 2019: 04:15pm (last entry 3:15pm)
- 20 November 2019 - 4 January 2020: 3:30pm (last entry 3:00pm) The Gardens are closed on 24 & 25 December 2019.
- 05 - 31 January 2020: 4:15pm (last entry 3:15pm)
- 01 - 28 February 2020: 5:00pm (last entry 4:00pm) Glasshouses will stay open until 4:30pm during orchids.
- 01 - 29 March 2020: 6:00pm (last entry 5:00pm)
Closed : 16 March, 24 & 25 December
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB
Nearest Train Station: Kew Bridge
Nearest Underground: Kew Gardens
Bus Routes: 65, 391, 237 or 267
Golden Tours act as an official agent for these activities, as such you are subject to the terms and conditions of the supplier.
- The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - a World Heritage Site encompassing 300 acres of splendour on the River Thames
- Experience Kew's Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkwa
- Explore the finery of this stylish palace, shaped and influenced by generations of Royal women
- Admire the elegant gardens lined with ornamental flower beds, ponds and fountains.