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Kew Gardens

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
Richmond, Surrey

From Kew Gardens Station it is a 5 minute walk to Kew Gardens (Victoria Gate entrance). Exit the station past the parade of shops, cross Sandycombe Road and walk down Lichfield road (opposite) to reach Victoria Gate.

Attraction notes

Age restrictions: Children are aged 4-16, children aged 3 and under are admitted free of charge.

Booking from: 26 Oct 2016

Booking until: 31 Mar 2017

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 09.30am to 18:30pm and last entry 18pm Saturday and Sunday 09.30am to 19:30pm and last entry 19pm

Important info: Entry to Kew Palace, Britain’s most intimate royal palace and adjoining Georgian Royal Kitchens is included in the cost of admission to Kew Gardens.Open from 24 March to 2 October inclusive.Kew welcomes all visitors and we want everyone to have an enjoyable day out, so we provide the best possible access throughout the Gardens, our glasshouses and galleries.You can enter the Gardens free of charge if you are:Registered blind and partially-sighted visitorsEssential carers accompanying visitors with a disabilityKew Gardens is largely accessible to wheelchair users.Wheelchairs are available on a first come first served basis. You can leave the chair at any gate when you leave the Gardens. Some visitors like to bring their own cushion.Most of the buildings in the Gardens have level or ramped ground floor access for wheelchairs. The Gardens themselves are largely flat with tarmac paths in most places.There is no wheelchair access to the following parts of the Gardens:Sackler CrossingMarine display in the Palm HouseUpper Galleries in the Palm House and Temperate HouseUpper levels of the Princess of Wales Conservatory

Kew Gardens

The Attraction
Located just 30 minutes from central London, Kew Gardens are the most famous botanical gardens in the world consisting of glass houses, historic buildings and a huge collection of over 30,000 rare plants. Visitors can explore the Palm House which is one of the largest surviving Victorian glasshouses in the world and hosts an amazing collection of palms and other varieties to create an indoor tropical rainforest. Other sights of interest are the Pagoda and Queen Charlotte's Cottage as well as a number of Henry Moore sculptures which are located throughout the gardens. A recent addition for those who don't mind heights is the treetop walkway which at 18 metres high gives an unparalleled view of a woodland glade.

History of the Attraction
With a history of gardens in the area dating back many hundreds of years it was not until 1840 that Kew were adopted as a national botanical garden due to the efforts of the Royal Horticultural Society. With the construction of the Palm House between 1844 and 1848 it allowed the gardens to host more exotic plants including an attempt to cultivate rubber trees outside of South America.

Having entertained and informed visitors for hundreds of years the gardens were put on the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in 2003 and has become one of London's top tourist attraction.

Interesting Facts
The gardens have their own police force known as the Kew Constabulary who have been operating since 1847.

There are 22 miles of paths at Kew Gardens, enough for even the most adventurous visitor.

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Richmond, Surrey

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