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Family Travel

The Orchid Festival at Kew – An Annual Treat

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Kew Gardens is a great place to visit. Especially from 6 February when you can enjoy the Orchid Festiva!. Featuring a treasure trove of botanical exhibits and specimens a visit is a real treat. Vibrant colours abound. Whichever time of the year you visit you will see nature in the raw. It is a lovely place to wander and see the British trees and plants in their natural habitat. And in the spectacular conservatories there are thousands more exhibits from more exotic climes. They are carefully nurtured and tended by teams of dedicated staff.

There is lots to enjoy at Kew. Features include exhibitions, talks, tours, short courses and much, much more. The Gardens are a must-see for visitors to the capital. They are located just 30 minutes away from the centre.

Every year, in February, Kew Gardens arrange the most spectacular display of orchids. And this is the 25th!

This year…..

In 2020 the display celebrates the biodiversity of Indonesia. Indonesia comprises 17,000 islands. This is your change to immerse yourself in the tropics in the middle of winter!

The fabulous display is taking place in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. Showcasing an exotic array of vibrant orchid displays this exhibition is not to be missed.

The 17,000 islands of Indonesia play host to some 5,000+ species of orchid.

The exhibition is a celebration of the cultural and natural diversity that is scattered across the archipelago.

After hours there are events featuring Indonesian music and cuisine. You can also go along and hear an expert talk.

The visit to see the orchids is included in the Kew Gardens ticket price. In order to avoid congestion, visits are staggered so you will need to book a (free) time slot.

Address

The Royal Botanical Gardens Kew
Richmond
TW9 3AB

Arriving by tube

Kew Gardens station in Zone 3 is just 500m from Victoria Gate. It is served by the District Line (Richmond branch) and London Overground.

Coming by train

Kew Bridge station is 800m from Elizabeth Gate, via Kew Bridge. South West Trains run services from Waterloo, via Vauxhall and Clapham Junction. Please note that there is no level access at Kew Bridge.

Getting there by bus

65 stops close to Lion Gate, Elizabeth Gate and Victoria Gate.
391 stops near Kew Gardens station and Elizabeth Gate.
237 and 267 stop at Kew Bridge station.

By bike

There are bicycle racks at all four gates and a limited number of lockers available at Victoria Gate.  Please note that bicycles, tricycles, roller skates, skateboards and scooters are not allowed into the Gardens.

Entrance gates

The Gardens have four entrance gates. Please take a look at which one is most suitable for the visit you are planning.

Elizabeth Gate (TW9 3AB)

This is the fastest route from central London. It is also the closest to Kew Bridge station. Good entrance for:

  • Children’s Garden
  • Orangery restaurant
  • Princess of Wales Conservatory
  • Kew Palace and Royal Kitchens
  • The Hive

Brentford Gate (TW9 3AF)

The is next to Kew’s Ferry Lane car park and is near to:

  • Children’s Garden
  • White Peaks café and shop
  • Climbers and Creepers

Lion Gate (TW9 2DF)

This is the entrance closest to  Richmond station and is near to:

  • Japanese Gateway

Victoria Gate (TW9 3JR)

This is closest to Kew Gardens station and near to:

  • Palm House
  • The Botanical
  • Marianne North and Shirley Sherwood galleries
  • Broad Walk Borders
  • Victoria Plaza café and shop
Where to stay

If you need short stay family accommodation there are some good options nearby.

 

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