The best news is children under 17 go FREE to Kew Gardens!
Before you visit you can get lots of useful information from the Kew Gardens Parent's Survival Guide.
The Gardens are 300 acres. To get an idea of walking times between landmarks see the Kew Gardens map. It's suggested a five year old will take 15 minutes to walk from the Victoria Gate to the Xstrata Treetop Walkway.
Kew's landscape has many paths and most buildings have ramped access. The only areas that are not accessible with buggies are:
- Xstrata Treetop Walkway (there's a buggy park at the bottom)
- Galleries in both the Temperate House and the Palm House
- The Waterlily House
- The Aquatic Display in the Palm House (no problem in the Princess of Wales Conservatory)
- Queen Charlotte's Cottage
- Kew Palace
Check the Kid's page of the Kew Gardens website for events and activities. Here are some fun ideas:
- Climbers and Creepers: Kew's interactive play area. Amazing fun for 3-9 year olds. Explore the Gardens first as once the kids get here they won't want to leave!
- Treehouse Towers: Kew's outdoor play area, next to Climbers and Creepers.
- Aerial walkways in the Palm House and the Temperate House.
- King William's Temple (behind the Palm House). Great for echo practice!
- Evolution House: Beware of the wet floor from the noisy waterfall. This area is meant for kids so they can learn about plant evolution.
- Stag Beetle Loggery: Not much to see. I don't know what I was expecting.
- Giant Badger Sett: You can walk through the underground tunnels.