If you love plants, beautiful scenery or just need a refreshing break from the city of London, a visit to Kew is a must. And it’s just a 40-minute train trip from London Waterloo. Like us, the glorious Kew Royal Botanical Gardens is also celebrating a birthday – 260 years.
Visits to the spectacular tropical rainforest in the Palm House, desert landscapes of the Princess of Wales Conservatory, and the unforgettable Waterlily House are absolute musts. You can also climb the pagoda, built in 1762, for stunning views over the gardens, cross the treetop walkway (18 metres above ground), and find out what it’s like in a beehive at The Hive installation.
PS: Check out the oldest potplant in the world, which happens to be South African – a cycad from SA’s Eastern Cape which arrived at Kew in 1775!
Four cafes where you can stop for a spot of tea or take a picnic. There’s also a lovely gift shop.
2019 PRICE PER PERSON*
Peak season: 01 April – 31 October 2019 and 01 February 2020
- ADULT: R 398
- CHILD (3 – 16 years): R 134
- SENIOR (60+): R 362
Low season: 01 November 2019 – 31 January 2020
- ADULT: R 304
- CHILD (3 – 16 years): R 114
- SENIOR (60+): R 285
RETURN RAIL standard class London Waterloo to Kew Gardens
Approx time: 40 minutes one way. Changing at Richmond, Surrey
- ADULT: R 352
- CHILD (5 – 15 yrs): R 118
(NOTE: open ticketed – travel at any time throughout the day.)