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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond-upon-Thames

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One of the most iconic garden complexes in the UK, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has a luxurious, almost decadent beauty stemming from its lush backdrop, colorful flowerbeds, and quaint greenhouses. Opened in 1759, the gardens contain over 30,000 kinds of plants, including a number of exotic and rare specimens, as well as a library boasting more than 750,000 volumes. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Richmond-upon-Thames holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This is an amazing place and so much to see and do with some amazing plants and buildings. The gardens are big and a great place to walk around and relax. Would love to return to here in spring or... 
    This is an amazing place and so much to see and do with some amazing plants and buildings. The gardens are big and a great place to walk around and relax. Would love to return to here in spring or...  more »
  • We attended with our Scout Group for our Christmas Hike, with children aged 6-14 and they had an absolute blast. Plenty of open space for them to explore and a really lovely area to spend a Sunday... 
    We attended with our Scout Group for our Christmas Hike, with children aged 6-14 and they had an absolute blast. Plenty of open space for them to explore and a really lovely area to spend a Sunday...  more »
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  • Need a whole day to take everything in! This garden is huge! Be prepared to do lots of walking. With so much to see, one needs a whole day to see everything this place has to offer. We used London Pass for admission, if we bought tickets there, it would be around £50 for two adults and one child. Not that expensive compared to other attractions, and I think you get more out of it. We took the the Underground and got off at Kew Gardens station. My son particularly liked the children’s play area which had a climbing structure (we spent an hour there). There is a cafe close by the playground and we got baked goods to tide him over. The Hive is also something I recommend experiencing, it’s an art piece that mimics a beehive. You have to see it for yourself. Just walking around and admiring the size and beauty of the plants and trees is already a great experience in itself. All in all we spent around 3 hours, which is definitely not enough, and would totally come back again.
  • It's a very beautiful place and fantastic for families and friends. Because of the sheer size of this place, it's not crowded. Facilities are fantastic, and there are a number of cafes around. I definitely recommend Kew Gardens for a fun day out. If I lived closer to it, I would have bought a yearly pass. I would definitely recommend Kew Gardens to everyone, at least for one visit.

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