At the beginning of July, my Mum and I took a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens or Kew Gardens as many know it. Despite having lived about 25 miles away for much of my life I had never visited, and nor had my mum so we were really looking forward to exploring and Kew Gardens didn't disappoint us.
The drive up to Kew from Woking along the M3/ A316 was easy and took about 35 minutes, I was heading for the Kew Ferry Lane car park, which is £7 for the whole day and I thought this was very reasonable for London. However, before we even reached the car park we saw loads of spaces around Kew Green and we were able to park right in front of Elizabeth Gate and enter there. It cost us £5.65 to park there for 4 hours using the RingGo app and at the time Mum and I thought this would be fine, but we actually could have done with double that time. I'd say leave at least six hours free if you want to have a good exploration and enjoy some lunch/ a coffee.
There are good public transport links to get to Kew Gardens -
- a mainline train station at Kew Bridge, just 800 meters walk to Elizabeth Gate,
- Kew Gardens tube station for the District Line and London Overground
- Bus routes 65, 110, 237 and 267 all come close by
- There are bike racks at each of the four entrance gates and note that bikes, scooters, skates, skateboards etc are not allowed to be used within the gardens
Exploring Kew Gardens
Eating at Kew Gardens
What's On at Kew?
Address: Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE
Telephone: 020 8332 5655
Website: https://www.kew.org/kew-gardensBook Tickets: https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/visit-kew-gardens/tickets
Opening Hours: The opening times change with the seasons, it mostly appears to open at 10am and can close between 3pm and 7pm, depending on the time of the year. Check the website before you travel. The different catering outlets and shops all open and close at various times too, so again check on the website to ensure you are not disappointed.
Accessibility: It looks like there are good accessibility arrangements at Kew and they are keen to help and do anything they can to make your trip easier for you, so do ask for what you need. Here is the information that they publish about accessibility.
Dogs policy: Only registered disability assistance dogs (and those in training) are allowed within Kew Gardens