Treat yourself to a day wandering through the rose pergolas, clambering treetop-height through the limes or just lazing by the lake at Kew Gardens, the 300-acre Unesco World Heritage site in south-west London. Admittedly, when the sun is out there’s nothing more glorious than floating through flower-bedecked green houses and exploring the rainforest area but even when the rain falls there’s something about this English institution that makes the weather an irrelevance. Take a guided tour and you will find out things like the stunning Palm House Parterre used to grow the onions that fed the nation during World War One or let the kids run riot in the Climbers and Creepers area where they will discover how bees make homey and what it’s like to be a small animal in woodland. Don’t miss the 18-metre high, 200-metre Rhizotron and Xstrata Treetop Walkway, created by the designer of the London Eye, whose walkway leads you through the arboretum past the crowns of lime, sweet chestnut and oak trees.
Kew Gardens is part of the following Editors' Picks:
"The lawns and open spaces at Kew are perfect for families with energetic youngsters needing to let off some steam. South-west London’s Unesco World Heritage Site is, of course, a 300-acre haven for plants, shrubs, trees and flowers but there’s much more besides: the 18-metre high treetop walkway is fun for all ages, but the Climbers and Creepers play zone and Treetops Towers outdoor play zones are specially designed for safe play. This Easter, the annual Easter Egg hunt is on Easter Sunday, March 31, there’s also chocolate-making workshops, and the ‘Chocolate Quest’ exhibition, which explains the history of chocolate from its origins in the tropical rainforest to mass produced bars. Easter events from March 29 to April 14."
"Reclaim petal power! No man doesn’t have to mean no flowers. From 9th February – 3rd March Kew Garden’s 300 acres of flora and fauna will play host to a dazzling exhibition of orchids. The show will see the Princess of Wales Conservatory transformed into a colourful sea of the exotic blooms. Plus don’t miss the famous Treetop Walkway; created by the designer of the London Eye it leads you through endless crowns of lime, sweet chestnut and oak trees."
"Kew is an excellent place to visit at this time of year. It has a winter trail that you can follow (pick up a leaflet as you go in, or join a guided walk) that highlights all kinds of interesting winter plants. And if the weather turns inclement or you want to warm up, you can beat a retreat to the tropical and subtropical glasshouses."
"A whopping five million bulbs burst into flower every year at Kew. The show starts early with snowdrops and crocuses and continues with daffodils, snake’s head fritillaries, bluebells and camassias. And there’s blossom galore: the Cherry Walk between the Palm House and King William’s temple is stunning in April. You can watch the progression of the bulbs online via a spring bulbs map."
Information on Kew Gardens , Kew Road , Kew , Richmond
|Opening Times:||Daily from 09:30. Closed 24 & 25 Dec.|
|Admission:||Adult £13.90, Child Free, Concession £11.90.|
|Child Friendly:||Children of all ages welcome|
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