Kew Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Set in 326 acres of beautiful grounds containing the largest living plant collection in the world, Kew Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site less than 30 minutes from central London.
The Gardens’ famous glasshouses provide hours of fascinating discovery whether it’s a tropical rainforest in the iconic Palm House; a journey through ten climatic zones in the Princess of Wales Conservatory or giant lily pads in the Waterlily House. A visit to the Temperate House is a must. The jewel in Kew’s crown, it is the world’s largest surviving Victorian glasshouse which reopened in May 2018 after a huge five-year restoration. Over 10,000 plants from the world’s temperate regions are housed in this veritable cathedral of glass.
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 botanical art examine the beauty and intricacy of flora from around the world.
The Gardens are also home to Kew Palace, the former summer residence of George III and Britain's most intimate royal palace. In contrast, The Hive is a contemporary architectural installation which came to Kew in 2016. This extraordinarily beautiful and immersive 17-metre high structure examines the importance and plight of the world’s bees.
Special admission rates are available for groups of 15 or more people. To find out the latest group visit information or to make a booking, please contact [email protected]