Here's what you can expect to see when you visit these magnificent botanical gardens, open all year round.
Free with your entry to the gardens is a wonderful introductory tour to what Kew is all about. Learn about its significance, since opening in 1759, and meet expert botanists. If you'd prefer not to walk around too much, hop on the Kew Explorer train and get a guided tour in seated comfort.
Opened in 2008, you can get a different view of the park from 200m. in the air. This expertly designed walkway purposefully sways in the wind, creating a harmonious experience as you admire the treetops. The Hive is devoted to bees, and is a multisensory experience highlighting the importance of these now-endangered creatures.
Among the indoor areas are these fantastically well designed plant houses. Alpine House is a marvel of contemporary architecture, built in an attractive arch shape and made of glass. It houses a variety of Alpine plants. At the Nash Conservatory, which was originally planned to be built at Buckingham Palace, you can see stunning Araceae flowers in an elegant space where weddings and other events are often hosted.
Close to Central London and other suburban areas, as well as easily accessible from Heathrow Airport, this is an ideal place to set up base and see the surrounding attractions.
Catch the train into London Waterloo and you'll be right at Southbank, with its range of cultural institutions, restaurants, and bars. A short walk from here are Westminster and Covent Garden, so you can fit in a day of historical sightseeing and shopping before retreating from the bustle to your hotel at Kew.
A wealthy suburb with plenty of green spaces, such as Marble Hill Park and nearby Richmond. You can catch a rugby game at Twickenham Stadium and visit the World Rugby Museum, making it a haven for lovers of the sport.
A pretty town close to Kew, located among the beautiful nature of Surrey. Nearby attractions include the ever-popular Thorpe Park and Brooklands aviation and auto museum. The museum often hosts air shows, so check out what's on during your visit.