Kew Gardens & Palace

Kew Gardens has been a firm favourite for groups for many years and with its ever changing seasons and series of events it’s easy to see why. With such a wide range of permanent and temporary exhibitions and displays there are many reasons to visit, again and again!
The Garden Highlights...

The Hive
Where science and beauty come together, where visitors can explore the journey of the British bee through UK innovation and design. A fabulous open-air structure standing at 17 metres tall and weighing in at 40 tonnes, The Hive encapsulates the story of the honey bee and the important role of pollination in feeding the planet, through an immersive sound and visual experience. There are 1,000 LED lights dotted around its core which glow and fade, while a unique soundtrack hums in response to the activity of real bees in a beehive behind the scenes at Kew. Just step inside and discover the secret life of bees!

Davies Alpine House
Opened in 2006, the Davies Alpine House was the first new glasshouse to be commissioned for two decades and is located at the north end of the Rock Garden.

Things to look out for…
Throughout the year, the house displays a wide range of campanulas, dianthus, small ferns, small lavenders, primulas, saxifrage, thymes, tulips and verbascums along with lesser-known species, one of the glasshouse’s rarest occupants is the Chilean blue crocus. It has scented, cobalt-blue flowers with white centres. Described in 1862, it was only known to grow in the range of hills surrounding Santiago, Chile, at about 3,000m. Regarded as extinct in the wild from the 1950s onwards, it was rediscovered in 2001 on private land south of Santiago.


Treetop Walkway
Opened in 2008, the Treetop Walkway stands in the Arboretum, between the Temperate House and the lake. At 18-metres high, it enables visitors to walk around the crowns of lime, sweet chestnut and oak trees. Supported by rusted steel columns that blend in with the natural environment, it provides opportunities for inspecting birds, insects, lichen and fungi at close quarters, as well as seeing blossom emerging and seed pods bursting open in spring.

Kew Palace & the Royal Kitchens
An intimate palace that brings to life the joys and sorrows of George III and his family, from his children’s lives to his own hardships. Fascinating personal artefacts and art works adorn the authentically re-created Georgian rooms in which the stories unfold.

Next to the Palace, the Georgian royal kitchen remains miraculously preserved, 200 years after it was last used. Evoking life in the royal kitchen’s on the 6 February 1789, when George III was given back his knife and fork, after his first episode of ‘madness’.

Starting with the little kitchen garden to the rear, gives a flavour of what the Georgian kitchen gardens were like. Once inside, there are four preparation rooms where the bread was baked, the fish and meat stored, vegetables washed, and the lead-lined sink where the scullery boys would spend hours scouring pots and pans with sand. But the most impressive room in the building is the Great Kitchen, a double-height room space, complete with roasting range, charcoal grill and pastry oven.

 

Orchid Festival 2018 - see tour details here
Each year the festival takes its inspiration from a different culture to highlight the beautiful orchid species from around the world, showcased in this annual event which is sure to brighten any winters day.

 

RHS Wisley - The Perfect Partner
RHS Wisley offers a beautiful and relaxing experience throughout the year, where groups can take in the majestic beauty of The Glasshouse, the stunning Rock Garden or the Mixed Borders, all cared for to perfection. It's a centre of education for gardeners of all ages, and offers the chance to view alpine plants at close quarters in the Alpine Display Houses, and glean planting, design and cultivation ideas for smaller gardens from the demonstration and model gardens. Planting varies enormously, from the mingling of herbaceous perennials and shrubs in the famous Mixed Borders to the lower maintenance, prairie-style planting in the Glasshouse Borders.
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Central London Accommodation

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Heathrow Accommodation

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Central London

2 Nights Bed & Breakfast
Twin/double from £129pp

Heathrow

2 Night Half Board
Twin/double from £119pp

Inclusions
• Two nights accommodation
• Full cooked breakfast daily
• Entrance to RHS Garden Wisley
• Entrance to Kew Gardens & Palace
• Complimentary overnight coach parking at Heathrow

*Dinner where applicable
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Features of this tour


  • Entrance to RHS Garden Wisley

  • Entrance to Kew Gardens & Palace

  • Complimentary overnight coach parking at Heathrow