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Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens, LondonKew Gardens, London

Located in London, Kew Gardens is home to glasshouses and botanical gardens which are an important educational facility; the site undertakes important botanical research and preserves millions of plant species. A real eye-opener into the world of plants and gardening – sure to inspire the little ones!


Best for: All ages

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What to Expect:

  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Educational
  • Family tickets
  • Great for kids 4-12
  • Great for teens
  • Great for toddlers
  • Special events
  • Public transport
  • Picnic areas
  • Outdoor play area
  • Open year-round

What to do

Take a look at the family activity and events guide to find out what’s going on when you visit.

For play time why not head to the Climbers and Creepers where kids can explore the indoor play area. During school holidays free activities are available in this area. Other child-friendly activities and attractions can be found here.

Guided tours are available every day, free of charge – great for the older kids.

Before you visit, download and print the activity map to follow the garden trails - a great way to spot things on your way round.

Buy Kids Kew – a guide book for children aged 7-11 years old which includes a fold-out map, stickers, activities and facts. These are available to buy at any gate at Kew Gardens or in the shops.

The Treetop Walkway is a great place to get a bird’s eye view of the gardens and learn about trees, whilst walking 18 metres high amongst the trees.

Where to stay

Take a look at our destination guide to London for information on our recommended family-friendly places to stay in the capital.


Full opening times can be found on the Kew Gardens website. It is open throughout the year, apart from Christmas Eve and Day, with the gates opening at 10am daily.


Kew Gardens is located 10 miles from central London and can be accessed by various modes of public transport. The nearest underground station is Kew Gardens which can be reached via the District Line. If you choose to drive, on-site parking is priced at £7 for the day. Full information on access by all types of transport can be found on the website.


There are a selection cafes and restaurants within Kew serving fresh snacks and hot meals. The White Peaks Cafe is particularly family-friendly serving up a selection of hot and old foods, including kid's lunchboxes and ice cream.


A great day out, made even better as children can visit from just £2.50 each (and under 3's go free). Full entrance fees and concession prices can be found on the website.

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