Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Set in 326 acres of beautiful grounds containing the world's most diverse collection of living plants, Kew Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site just 30 minutes from central London. With spectacular glasshouses, a soaring tree-top walkway, two art galleries dedicated to botanical art, and Kew Palace - the former residence of George III and Britain's most intimate royal palace - it offers the perfect day out for groups of all ages.
2016 heralded the arrival of Kew's most ambitious horticultural project for over30 years. The Great Broad Walk Borders is the world's largest double herbaceous border, flanking both sides of the 320-metre long Broad Walk and features 60,000 flowering plants to ensure a dazzling display of colour from early spring to late autumn for years to come.
And in 2018, Temperate House - the greatest Victorian glasshouse still in existence - re-opens after a five-year restoration. Home to 1,500 plant species from Asia, Australasia, the Americas and South Africa, Temperate House will be the jewel in Kew's crown and will feature rare and threatened plants from the world's temperate zones. Temperate House opens its doors on 5 May 2018.
Kew Palace and the Royal Kitchens are open from 29 March to 30 September 2018 inclusive and entry is included in the cost of admission to the Gardens.
Opening Times: Opening Times: Open daily from 10am. Closing times vary according to season.
Closed 24 and 25 December
Admission Rates: Adults £17, Concessions £15, Children aged 4 to 16 £5 Children aged 3 and under FREE
Group Rates: Pre-paid groups of 15 or more - Adults £14.45, Concessions £12.75
Facilities: 5 restaurants and cafés, 4 glasshouses, 3 art galleries, 2 shops, guided walking tours, Kew Explorer (land train with guided commentary), Kew Palace and the Georgian Kitchens.
Disabled Access: All areas of the Gardens are accessible for wheelchair users with lifts to the Treetop Walkway and the upper floors of Kew Palace
Special Events: Seasonal events throughout the year - check website for details
Coach/car parking: Car parking at Brentford Gate entrance. Limited free parking for coaches along Kew Road and around Kew Green - subject to availability
Length of visit: 4 hours
Booking Contact: Daryl Bennett, Groups Sales and Marketing Manager, Kew Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AE
Location: Kew Gardens is just 30 minutes from central London with excellent transport links by road and rail. 5 minutes' walk from Kew Gardens underground station and 10 minutes' walk from Kew Bridge national rail station. Easy access from the M3, M4 and M25.