Kew Gardens London

This post lists ticket prices and visiting information for Kew Gardens in London.

 

 


ABOUT KEW GARDENS

London is known for being a ‘green’ city, with lush parks and gardens all throughout the capital.

Not only does London boast numerous accessible parks, but it is also home to the largest collection of living plants in the entire world! This collection is housed in 121 hectares of gardens, set in one of London’s top tourist attractions: Kew Gardens.

Kew Gardens began life centuries ago in the 1700s. Here in Kew (southwest of London), an exotic garden was put together by Lord Capel, John of Tewkesbury.

 

 

In July 2003, Kew Gardens was put on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and is now open to the public all year ‘round. Kew Gardens today is not one simple garden. It is a cornucopia of flora from all over the world and from all climates and habitats.

It is thought that there has been a Palace at Kew from the time of Queen Elizabeth I who gave a palace here to her friend and favourite, Robert Dudley.

However, the Palace as it stands today was built in 1631 by a Dutch merchant named Samuel Fortrey, and was created in brick in a ‘Flemish bond’ method – a traditionally Dutch architectural feature.

 


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TICKETS

This section lists the ticket prices for general admission. But why pay full price when you could get in at a discount? Check out the discount section below to get in for cheap or free.


General Admission

  • Adult: £13.50
  • Youth (16 – 24): £6.75
  • Child (4 – 15): £3.50
  • Family Ticket (1 Adult, 2 Children): £18.50
  • Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 Children): £30.00

Guide Book

  • Adult Book: £6
  • Child Book: £5

Get your tickets here.

 


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DISCOUNTS

This section lists the possible discounts you can find on tickets to Kew Gardens.


Attraction Discount Passes

If you’re planning on visiting multiple museums and attractions, you should consider getting a tourist attraction discount pass. 

The passes bundle admission prices for heavy discounts when you purchase upfront. 

 

 

Admission to Kew Gardens is included on the all-inclusive London Pass. 

Other attractions on this pass include: 

Check out our post on London city passes for more information and attractions.


2 for 1 National Rail Discount 

If you’ve purchased a National Rail ticket at a National Rail station on the day of your sightseeing, it could be eligible to give you a 2 for 1 deal at more than 150 London sites and attractions.

Kew Gardens is one of the participating locations. Check our full post for 2 for 1 discount details.


Historic Royal Palaces Members

If you love royal history, you might want to get a Historic Royal Palaces membership.

One membership allows you unlimited entry into all the palaces: Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, Hillsborough Castle, Kew Palace, Tower of London, and the Banqueting House.

It pays for itself quite quickly and includes a 10% discount in Palace shops, cafes, and restaurants.

Prices:

  • Adult Membership: £53
  • Joint (2 Adults) Membership: £82
  • 1 Adult + 6 Children Family Membership: £76
  • 2 Adults + 6 Children Family Membership: £108

KEEP IN MIND: The membership allows entry into Kew Palace, but it only gives a 10% discount for admission into the Gardens themselves.


Military Discount

Unfortunately, we could not find any military discounts for Kew Gardens.


Discount Sites

Every now and then a service such as Groupon will provide discounted admission to locations like the gardens or combo packages which include tickets to this attraction.

 


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PLAN YOUR VISIT

This section lists the important information you need to know to get there and plan a fun day in the gardens.

If you’re looking for discounts, check the section above.


How to Get There

From the centre of London it won’t take any more than 45 minutes or so to get to the front gates of the garden.

There’s an Underground Station – Kew Garden – which is on the District Line, running straight along the River Thames. There’s only a short walk to the gardens from the station.

 

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How to get to kew gardens

 

You could also take a train from Waterloo Station (you could purchase your ticket here and then use it for the London 2 for 1 Promotion) to Kew Gardens Station, which is a quick half-hour journey.

Richmond Station is served by both the Underground and National Rail and from here there are buses that run to Kew: 237 and 267. These buses will take you straight to the gates of the gardens.

We recommend using this Google map for directions from anywhere in the London area.


Operating Hours

The opening hours vary by season, so you should check the website to make sure they’re open when you want to visit.

  • The gardens open at 10:00 am every day.
  • They close between 15:30 (3:30 pm) and 18:00 (6:00 pm) in the evening.
  • CLOSED on December 24 and 25

How long should you stay?

Kew Gardens are massive, with multiple points of interest as well as restaurants and cafes.

Most people spend half a day on the property, while some people can stay all day.


What to Expect

You can find multiple cafes and restaurants if you get hungry or thirsty, including an atmospheric Orangery.

There is also a treetop walkway that is fun for the whole family to explore, and playgrounds for the little ones.

 

 

If you’re interested in exotic plant life, you can visit the glass greenhouses and open-air gardens throughout the property.

Of course, there is also Kew Palace, which has a separate fee unless you have a Royal Palaces Membership.

 


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About the author

An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 15 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.