Key Main Attractions of Kew Gardens in London

Introduction to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew

In little less than 10 miles from the heart of London, one is able to reconnect with mother nature at the Royal Botanical Kew Gardens. This makes Kew a favourite destination for many Londoners, but also for curious tourists keen to explore close to 300 acres of green joy, glasshouses, Japanese gardens, various art installations a Treetop walk away and much more. Kew Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage site that should be on your list of places to visit! Below is a brief summary of what you should expect and some of the major attractions present at the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew.

The Palm House

The Palm House is perhaps one of the most famous structures within Kew Gardens and it is almost become an emblem. It is considered one of the most important surviving Victorian age iron and glass structures in the world. It is a perfect way to venture on a journey to the depths of the Amazon rainforest, where the air is heavy and you are surrounded with dense and lush vegetation. The spiral stairwell will allow you to venture all the way up to the top of the glasshouse where you will be able to admire all these exotic specimens from above.

The Hive

The Hive is another interesting attraction within Kew Gardens. This geometric installation is 18 metres high and features an immersive sight and sound experience triggered by bee activity. Walking to the centre of it is a slightly unusual and surreal experience, as it aims to mimic life inside a beehive.

The Princess of Wales Conservatory

The Princess of Wales Conservatory, is another interesting glasshouse. With a floor space of 4500 m², it contains 10 different climatic zones and a huge variety of plants, from cacti and carnivorous plants to orchids and bromeliads. The glasshouse is also home to many fish that live in the aquatic tanks and pond. Please note that all glasshouses are only open until one hour before the gardens close, so time your visit well.

Treetop Walkway

Another interesting feature of Kew Gardens is its very own Treetop Walkway. This metal structure is 18 m high and offers a 200m sky tour between the treetops and a panoramic view over the Royal Botanical Garden and surrounding areas.

Japanese Landscape

Kew Gardens is more than a garden, as a matter of fact it is a travel machine! Yes, you heard that right! You will be able to explore various climatic zones and even visit the Far East.  The Japanese Landscape gardens contribute to this experience. Also, this is where you will find the Great Pagoda featured on one of the rarest 50p coins in circulation, worth more than 200 times its face value. Keep an eye on your change!

The Royal Botanical Kew Gardens hosts a wide variety of cafés and restaurants, that will allow you to power-up in case you start running low on energy. Look out for seasonal specialities and food foraged from the actual Gardens!

Each seasonal visit to Kew Gardens is guaranteed to provide you with a very different experience. Hence, the yearly membership ticket offers great value to those that have the opportunity time and desire to visit more often. However, if you are planning to do a single visit will recommend that you purchase your tickets online, as this will send save you both time and money.

Some of the photos in this article were made with my DSLR, which is available on Amazon.

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