Kew Gardens is the largest UNESCO World Heritage site in London and has a huge range of flowers and plants both in the world famous greenhouse and the gardens as a whole. The garden is always changing and no two visits will be the same.
We arrived by the back entrance near the car park so had to walk across the extensive gardens before you get to the more “touristy” part. The first thing I noticed is how many squirrels there are. They’re everywhere and they’re fearless – the kids loved it. There is so much to do I’m not sure where to start. Within the Bamboo gardens there is the Minka House (a Japanese Farmhouse which was taken from Japan and relocated to London). The Arboretum includes a lake and a beautiful bridge, there’s the Rhododendron Dell, Queen’s garden as well as the greenhouses. When we visited one of them was closed but that didn’t detract from the day. They also have a sculpture trail, great pagoda and the Great Broad Walk.
The Treetop walkway was fantastic (if a little bit nausea inducing for someone who is a slightly afraid of heights). The boys thought being up in the trees was amazing. The only downside is that you cannot take a pushchair up there and there is nowhere secure to leave the pushchairs. There is somewhere you can leave them but it’s just at the bottom of the lifts. Carrying a smallest child at a couple of months old without a sling at 18 meters above ground was also less than ideal. That said, it really was magical to be up in the treetops.
The Badger Sett is a really good idea. It’s a series of tunnels that the kids can run around and see what it’s like to be a badger. Sadly it was spoiled by the other kids who were there at the same time as us. Because there is zero visibility of what the children are up, to this means those children that seriously need to be supervised get away with whatever they want to!!
They have just opened a new adventure playground which sounds AMAZING. This is absolutely on our to do list again this summer and this time Hubby will come too!
The greenhouses and the Hive were all very special but a key highlight for me had to be the Princess of Wales Conservatory. There are 10 different areas which allow a huge variety of plants to be grown. They also have the world’s most disgusting smelling plant here as well. It smells like rotting flesh. Nice!!
The only downside was the map. I’ve read many site maps over the past years but this one was very confusing and even the staff weren’t able to help. I’ve never got lost before but I did here. Doh!
The vast majority of the site is very pushchair friendly and there were no problems getting around the site.
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Parking / How to get there
Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE
Parking can be problematic. I’d heard the car park can fill up very quickly so I deliberately got there early and had no issues. The car park was full when I left though. The car park is chargeable £7 per day.
Various on-site including baby change
Picnics very welcome, and it’s a stunning place to have your lunch. There are a few covered places to eat if the weather isn’t great. Various cafes on-site
our review – 4 / 5
There is so much to do and there are several new things as well. You will definately be able to go back time and time again.
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