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Kew Gardens & Palace

  • Destination: UK - England
  • Duration: 1 day

The Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew are an internationally important botanical research and education institution and world’s largest collection of living plants with more than 30,000 different kinds of plants. Spread over 121 hectares of gardens, glasshouses, and buildings it is among London’s top tourist attractions. The herbarium is one of the largest in the world and has over 7 million preserved plant specimens.

Kew Palace is a British Royal Palace in Kew Gardens and is open to visitors. Although the site has had three palaces, only the second one remains and is renowned for its magnificent red bricks. The palace was restored and more recently was used for Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday. Today, it is a popular visitor attraction for those visiting Kew Gardens.

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Example itinerary

Day 1

Morning: Depart from school and travel to Kew Gardens & Palace in London.

Afternoon: Upon arrival your group will gain admission Kew Gardens and Kew Palace to enjoy at their leisure. See the Palm House, Prince of Wales Conservatory, Queen’s Charlotte’s Cottage, Temperate House and much more.

Evening: Depart from Kew, London in the early evening and travel back to school. End of tour.

Sights & items of interest in Kew Gardens & Palace

Palm House
Kew Gardens & PalaceBuilt in 1848 with wrought iron arches and glass reaches 19 metres high at its central point and a 9 metre walkway allowing visitors a closer look at the palm tree crowns.

Prince of Wales Conservatory
Kew Gardens & PalaceThis conservatory houses ten computer controlled micro-climatic zones which simulates the Dry Tropics and Wet Tropics and covers an area of 4500 square meters. Inside you will find carnivorous plants, orchids, water lilies, and many species of cacti.

Queen Charlotte's Cottage
Kew Gardens & PalaceOn the garden grounds you can see this well preserved cottage which was given to Queen Charlotte as a wedding present on her marriage to King George III.

Temperate House
Kew Gardens & PalaceCurrently this structure is undergoing restoration. It has double the floor space of the Palm House and is the world’s largest Victorian glass structure.

Treetop Walkway
Kew Gardens & PalaceThis new addition to Kew Gardens allows visitors the chance to walk among the crowns of trees some 18 metres high. Enjoy fantastic views of the park from this walkway.

Waterlily House
Kew Gardens & PalaceThis is the hottest and most humid of all the glasshouses on the grounds. Inside you can see a large pond with many varieties of water lily.

Kew Gardens on Map

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