Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Kew Gardens, a botanical garden founded in 1840, is one of London's biggest tourist attractions and largest UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to a large collection of various living plants and fungi specimens. There is a library that has more than 750,000 volumes and the illustrations have more than 175,000 prints and drawings of the plants. Explore the beautiful glasshouses and its exotic rainforest as well as the Princess of Wales conservatory full of magnificent plants like cacti. Kew Garden's goal is to show the potential of plants and fungi and how they are important and should be valued and protected.
Kew Gardens offers a new garden for children aged 2 to 12 where they can explore nature and about Earth, Air, Water and Sun (what plants need to grow). Here they can go on a mini adventure climbing through a bamboo tunnel, jumping on trampolines, walking through a jungle and watching the wonderful sensory show of blossoms, cherry trees and hoop frames made from apple and pear trees.
There is also a stream and splash pool in the Water garden which is perfect for the hot days as well as other activities!
Food & Drink
Unwind with a wide range of refreshments from the cafes and restaurants at Kew Gardens. The Victoria Gate Cafe offers hot drinks with sweet treats like cakes etc. The Pavilion Bar and Grill has delicious grilled food with nice views of Temperate House and the Pagoda. Orangery has lovely lunches like light sandwiches, salads, quiches as well as wraps and baguettes. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea or a meal at The Botanical with a view of the Palm House.
If you are visiting with children, White Peaks is the perfect family-friendly restaurant with a menu specially catered for kids.
There are unisex accessible toilets around the site as well as a specialised adult changing facility.
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You can get to Kew Gardens by public transport and visit the TFL (Transport for London) website to plan your journey easily, knowing which bus or train to take at which times. Getting to the park by car is also possible as there are a number of car parks available to use. The postcode is TW9 2AA which you can use to help you to get there using a map or GPS device, however the park covers a large area so the postcode is provided only as a guide.
- By Tube / Train: The closest station to the park is Kew Gardens tube station and Kew Bridge railway station.
- By Bus: 65, 391