MAY 16,2013 - MAY 16,2013 (1 DAYS)
The Royal Botanical Kew Gardens: a cure for stress and burn out. Allow lots of time !
Start & End: Kew Bridge train station or Kew Gardens tube station.
By National Rail Train:
Train services (South West Trains) from Waterloo, via Vauxhall and Clapham Junction, stop at Kew Bridge Station. Kew Bridge Station is 800 metres from the Elizabeth Gate entrance to the Gardens.
Note: There is currently a 2FOR1 special offer for admission to Kew Gardens when you travel to Kew by train from a National Rail station – you need to pick up a voucher from a National Rail station to present on arrival at the entrance gate. Your Travelcard applies of course.
The place is huge and it will take several trips to see everything that's there.
By Underground tube: Kew Gardens Station (District Line- Richmond branch and London Overground) is the closest London Underground station, and is in zone 3. Kew Gardens Station is 400 metres from the Victoria Gate entrance to the Gardens. Exit the station past the parade of shops, cross Sandycombe Road at the zebra crossing and walk down Lichfield Road (opposite) to reach Victoria Gate.
By bus: Route 65 between Ealing Broadway and Kingston, via Richmond town centre, stops close to Lion Gate and Victoria Gate. Route 391 between Fulham and Richmond stops near Kew Gardens Station. Routes 237 and 267 stop at Kew Bridge station.
To save money from paying for the out of the district fare, take the Underground District Line to Richmond and get off at Hammersmith station. Go upstairs and take Bus #391 to Richmond. Get off at Bus Stop B-- about a 25 min. ride over. This will help alleviate you having to purchase the additional Zone 2 ticket.
Opening times: Kew Gardens opens daily at 9.30am, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day when the Gardens are closed.
Gates close (last entry 30 minutes before): Sat 8 Feb to Sat 29 Mar 2014: 17.30, Sun 30 March to Mon 25 Aug 2014: 18.30, Tue 26 Aug to Sat 25 Oct 2014: 18.00, Winter 2014-2015: 16.15.
Duration: The place is massive but is well worth the visit. At least 5-6 hours.
Weather: your visit must coincide with sunny weather !!!
Avoid weekends and rainy days.
The best way to enjoy this place is to pack a picnic, take a lot of water with you to drink and accept that you won't see it all in one day. Orangery self-service restaurant is pricey !
Better if you have a 2 for 1 coupon !!
Difficult to find a toilet if needed - so keep it in mind for your drinks.
From time to time - some glasshouses may be closed temporarily.
The gift shop is at the Victoria gate and with a wide selection of flower/vegetable seeds and tasteful souvenirs (albeit expensive).
During the Autumn months: the trees are magnificent and the change of leaves makes for some stunning scenery. On the other hand - lack of flowers...
Noise of passing planes, over your head, may spoil the expected tranquility in the gardens.
If you wear glasses be prepared for them to fog up badly inside some glasshouses - they have a very warm and humid environment.
Fees: Kew Gardens tickets: Adults £14.50. Going on the pleasant tram ride which costs an additional 4 GBP. You can buy family pass which costs 93 GBP for 2 for the whole year.
Kew Gardens tickets: Concessions (registered disabled, student with ID, senior citizen 60+). £12.50.
Children 16 and under Children must be accompanied by an adult.
There are 5 Cafés and restaurants at Kew Gardens.
Lake and Front of Palms Conservatory:
Inside the Palms Conservatory: The Palm House is magic. The Palm House has a great variety of different types of plants that vary from tropical, vegetables, fruits, and there is a marine display downstairs.
View from Palms Conservatory:
Waterlilies Conservatory: You must see the WaterLily House next door to the Palm House-- the Giant Amazon waterlilies are so unique and pretty! They are huge!! Colors range from purple, pink, yellow, and white:
The Japanese Garden:
Minka - Japanese House without Nails:
Desert Plants Square:
Prince of Wales conservatory: whose layout and content will keep you happily wandering around it. It contains several climate zones/sections. The Prince of Wales greenhouse is out of this world ! :
Desert Plants in the Prince of Wales Conservatory:
Dry Tropical Conservatory:
Trees in Kew Gardens:
The "Monkey Tree" - a Conifer:
Ginko Biloba with Wisteria:
Tumer's Oak from year 1798:
Leucombe Oak planted in th end of the 18 Centurey:
View of Syon House:
View of the Thames:
Central Lake and Sackler Crossing:
The Human Factor:
Animals in Kew Gardens:
Kew Palace: Sometimes referred to as the Dutch House, was built in 1631 by Samuel Fortrey. Frederick, Prince of Wales, took a long lease of the house and made it his frequent residence. George III's residency of the Dutch House was originally intended to be brief, but as the royal family became larger it became necessary to take over other properties on Kew Green, including the Dutch House. George III's wife, Queen Charlotte died at the Dutch House on 17 November 1818. On ascending the throne in 1837 Queen Victoria gave most of Kew Gardens to the nation, retaining for her own use only a small summer house once belonging to Queen Charlotte. Therefore, this palace is known as "Queen's Cottage". But Queen Victoria seldom visited it and to mark her Golden Jubilee in year 1887 she presented the palace/cottage also to the country. This third transformation or re-structure was designed in part by King George III, and otherwise by James Wyatt. It was demolished during the reign of her Queen Charlotte's son, George IV, in 1828. Kew Palace was used to hold a dinner hosted by Charles, Prince of Wales to celebrate the 80th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, his mother, on year 2006. It reopened as a visitor attraction, following a ten-year closure for restoration.
George III - Kew Palace:
Kew Palace Gardens:
Hew Hedge behind Kew Palace:
Line of Statues that symbolize the reign of Edward IV:
The Lion's Gate and the Japanese Pagoda:
Near Victoria gate: