A day in famous Kew Gardens is the perfect way to enjoy spring in London
If you’re looking for a relaxing day out away from the bustle of sight-seeing in central London, then Kew Gardens is a must. And conveniently, it’s just a short journey away on the District Line.
Vast, historic and full of surprises, Kew Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since the mid 19th century it’s been a home to an enormous collection of plants for botanical research. In fact, it now houses around 40,000 living plants. And there’s a wealth of information on them to bring greater depth to your visit as well. So whether you’re an avid plant-lover, simply enjoy green spaces, or love to learn and make discoveries, there’s something for everyone.
Outdoors at Kew
Firstly, stroll the paths and walkways of the huge gardens. It’s the perfect season to see the gardens in spring blossom. Head to the magnolias for a magnificent display of blooms. Afterwards, wander through the bluebells in the woodland walk, or explore the Japanese Landscape.
Alternatively, explore the Rock Garden. This landscaped area is a home for plants from mountainous regions all over the world. As well as plants from Europe, you’ll also see specimens from Patagonia, Central Asia, and New Zealand, for example.
Or wander through the rhododendron collection and see what’s flowering. You can also take guided tours around the collections, to learn more. And later this year, the Gardens will host an exhibition of glass sculptures by the artist Chihuly. This is sure to be a stunning combination.
Even if the weather’s not in your favour, you still won’t miss out. Kew Gardens has plenty of indoors collections. And as well as the fascinating plant collections they hold, many of these are also historically interesting. For example, the Temperate House – a vast Victorian glasshouse – contains over 10 000 rare plants from around the world.
Or wander through the different climate zones of the Princess of Wales Conservatory. Here you can see carnivorous plants and cacti, as well as tropical plants. Alternatively, step into the rainforest in the Palm House and experience a completely different world.
Kew Gardens is open 10 am – 6 pm every day. Our tip is to buy tickets in advance online because this is cheaper. Also, if you’re visiting with children it might be better to get a family ticket. These are also available online.