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Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB
020 8332 5655
9.30 a.m.-7p.m., Under 16 free
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, usually referred to as Kew Gardens, comprises 121 hectares of gardens and botanical glasshouses between Richmond and Kew in Richmond upon Thames in southwest London, England. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a non-departmental public body a visitor attraction receiving almost two million visits in that year.Created in 1759,the gardens celebrated their 250th anniversary in 2009.
The director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, is responsible for the world's largest collection of living plants. The Kew site includes four Grade I listed buildings and 36 Grade II listed structures in an internationally significant landscape.
Kew has four catering outlets providing a range of freshly prepared food to suit all tastes. Discounted meal vouchers available to groups to buy in advance. There are two shops stocking a range of quality products, many exclusive to Kew.
Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.
Love Kew and well worth buying an annual membership if you live nearby. Good outdoor playground and indoor play at 'Climbers and Creepers' plus kids loved just wandering around the glass houses and climbing up into their roofs. I agree about the food though, at the weekends the restaurants get pretty packed so we tend to take a picnic with us. Parking can also be really difficult on a sunny day.
One of my top ten places to visit with plenty of room for lively children to run around in. Kew and its staff are superb at engaging the attention of children with quirky and wonderfully gruesome botanical anecdotes (insect and mouse 'eating' plants anyone) much loved by kids.
There are interactive bug and plant hunts (lined to their website and an app, a 'Plantastic' Play Area and an 18 metre high treetop walkway for the more intrepid. The best attraction of all? 'Climbers & Creepers' interactive area based in one of the old hothouses where children can climb into plant simulators to learn about pollination and experience the trepidation of a fly near a Carnivorous Plant!
What makes Kew even more special is the bridge they have built between home-Kew-school with a website stuffed full of extra activities and ideas to stimulate further interest.
On a practical note, baby changing facilities are available but the large acreage of Kew means legs get tired. Bring a buggy for younger children, plenty of snacks (food can be pricey) and scout out locations of bathrooms before heading off into the wooded areas and plantings as you can end up some distance from one.