Kew Gardens & Lunch
Your day begins with a delicious Fish & Chip lunch, served with tea and/or coffee, in Richmond - a 20 minute coach journey* from The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site houses the largest and most diverse collection of living plants in the world. The Gardens’ famous glasshouses provide hours of fascinating discovery - explore a tropical rainforest in the iconic Palm House, journey through ten climatic zones in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, or marvel at the architectural splendour of the Temperate House. Kew Gardens is also home to Kew Palace, the former summer residence of George III.
A soaring tree-top walkway offers the chance of a bird’s eye view of the Gardens and, for those without a head for heights, two art galleries dedicated to the beauty and intricacy of flora from around the world. Spring and summer are the perfect times to experience The Great Broad Walk Borders, the world’s largest double herbaceous border, featuring over 60,000 flowering plants to ensure a dazzling display of colour. The Hive, a 17-metre high installation designed to examine the plight of the world’s bees and highlight the vital role these insects play in pollinating the world’s crop species, is only a short walk away.
One free place after 30 paying passengers
Included in your entrance fee:
The Secret World of Plants
14th May - 20th Sept 2020
3rd April - 27th Sept 2020
Closes approx 14:30 daily
Join Kew’s main festival this year and explore our relationship with plants.
The highlight of the event will be a large-scale outdoor exhibition made up of 24 giant terrariums housing plant species from across the globe; from desert cacti to lush tropical palms. These art installations have been created by artist, Vaughn Bell.
Other experiences will include tree-listening where you will hear the inner workings of trees and the creatures living in and around them, music inspired by plants and large-scale interactive seating for observing plants from different and new angles.
Come away feeling energised and reconnected with a new-found love for the hidden world of plants.
From 3 April to 27 September 2020, see Georgian splendour behind the doors at Kew Palace, London’s smallest and most intimate royal palace. George III and his wife, Queen Charlotte, spent happy summers at Kew Palace with their 15 children. It was an important refuge during his infamous episodes of ‘madness’.
Today, you can also get an insight into the lives of their servants in the Royal Kitchens. Step inside and discover more about the fascinating lives of 18th Century royalty.
Beautifully restored in 2018, Temperate House is home to some of the rarest and most threatened plants in the world. Get up close to 1,500 species and find out how Kew’s scientists are protecting these precious plants as you explore the world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse.
This breath-taking architectural wonder first opened to the public in 1863 but construction continued for another 36 years afterwards. Its enormous structure covers 4,880 square metres and is composed of 15,000 panes of glass.
Groups 15+ £34.50pp (1st Feb – 31st Oct 2020)
Groups 15+ £31.50pp (1st Nov - 31st Jan 2021)
*Coach travel not included
Groups Direct can arrange dedicated, in-house volunteer guides for your group, subject to availability - 15 people per guide – at an additional price per person. Call for details.