Updated: February 28, 2021
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is in Richmond on the outskirts of London, and is one of the most amazing gardens in the world. It has an extraordinary diversity of plants, over 14,000 trees and it is all set within a vast and beautiful landscape layered with history and heritage.
There is always something new happening at Kew Gardens; new festivals, new events, new displays to see and enjoy.
Kew Gardens’ Top Attractions featured here are:
Kew’s Old Lions
These old trees include the ginko (or maiden hair) tree which is one of Kew’s oldest, dating back to 1762 when it was planted by Princess Augusta and Prince Frederick.
A rich history spanning nearly 400 years, it is also here that the original botanic gardens at Kew began. http://bit.ly/1qv5FwY
Built in 1762 for Princess Augusta, the Pagoda is open to the public the first time in eight years. Don’t miss out on a rare opportunity to climb to the top — until September 7th 2014. http://bit.ly/KewPagoda
The Waterlily House
Designed and built in 1852 by Richard Turner, the star in here is the Victoria cruziana, the leaves of which can grow to 1 metre across. We also have the smallest waterlily in the world which no longer exists in the wild — so we’ve saved it from extinction. http://bit.ly/waterlilyhouse
The Marianne North gallery
Showcasing more than 800 paintings of plants and flowers http://bit.ly/marriannenorthgallery
A living library of trees, every tree is a page, every tree has a story – a wealth of information and knowledge.
The Princess of Wales Conservatory
With ten different climatic zones this is the most complex glasshouse at Kew. You can feel the changing environments from the desert to the rain forest. http://bit.ly/TMn9H1
The Davies Alpine House
Where spectacular alpine flowers grow http://bit.ly/1mhqoCN
The Treetop Walkway
At 18m high, you can walk 100m through the tops of the canopies, experiencing the smells and sounds, and getting a bird’s eye view right across the Gardens. http://bit.ly/treetopwalkway
The Palm House
One of the world’s most extraordinary glasshouse structures, it was built in the 1840’s and constructed in a way that meant no supporting columns were needed. It is an amazing and iconic building, both in its design and in the plants that grow inside it. http://bit.ly/KewPalmHouse