Visit Kew Gardens

 

We recently visited Kew Gardens in West London. It was amazing. In my mind I still feel like I am walking in fields of lush green grass, when in fact I am back at my desk in the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s amazing what a bit of space can do for your soul. Kew Garden’s was one of my mum’s go-to places to take me when I was little so I have been very excited to get Little Button there to uncurl her city self and be one with nature.

 

You know how everything usually seems much smaller on your return visit as an adult, well, Kew Gardens seemed quite the opposite. I couldn’t remember it being so big! Perhaps we only visited it piece at a time back then. I couldn’t help but feel in complete awe when we first walked through the gates and I took in the familiar, yet somehow unfamiliar views.

 

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens

 

Things for Children to do at Kew Gardens

The best thing about Kew Gardens is that there is something for everyone, or more accurately everything is for everyone. For starters, and possibly the best bit, children can run around and just be little!

 

Kew Gardens

 

The paths are wide and there are very few stuffy ‘don’t you even think about stepping on me’ keep off the grass signs. It’s wonderful. These are the areas Little Button enjoyed the most, though bearing in mind that we didn’t get to see everything:

 

 

The Hive

This is a temporary hands-on installation which has been created to show the story of the honey bee through a visual experience, enhanced by sound.

 

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens

 

 

Treetop Walk

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens

 

 

Climbers and Creepers

A discovery style themed indoor play area designed to encourage little ones to explore plants.

 

Kew Gardens 

 

 

 

Planning your visit to Kew Gardens

If you are planning to visit, here are a few little top tips that you might find useful.

 

 

The Weather

Personally, I think that Kew Gardens is best enjoyed in the dry weather. Whilst there are places to duck into to keep out of the rain, they are not particularly close together. We got caught out on a number of occasions by rain showers and were pretty soaked by the time we left. So, I would recommend avoiding a rainy day visit. Likewise, if you are going on a sweltering day, remember that you will be out and open to the elements. Think large rimmed sun hats and plenty of sun cream.

 

Kew Gardens

 

 

Parking

Think about how you are going to get there. Unlike most big attractions, Kew Gardens doesn’t have an on-site car park. Ekk!!! It almost put off Mr Button going, but rest assured, if you are driving, there is a general use car park nearby and also free parking on the side roads. But plan to get there early to avoid parking mayhem.

 

 

How Long?

You will probably need to allocate a whole day to your visit. There is so much to do and see, it’s unlikely that you will get to see everything. Kew Gardens has a great online map of all the main attractions, it’s definitely worth getting an idea of where everything is before you arrive, especially if you are going with little legs.

 

 

Eating

There are so many beautiful spots of enjoy a homemade picnic in the grounds of Kew Gardens. Benches overlooking the lake, or a hidden bench in a clearing surrounded by trees and flowers. There are so many options to take your pick from. We didn’t bring a picnic on account of the changeable weather. Instead, we headed to the Pavilion restaurant. Mr Button was eagerly awaiting the outdoor BBQ, and got us to trek across the other side of the gardens (which is a long walk) for this. As I thought, the BBQ wasn’t on, much to his disappointment. But we still enjoyed some lovely bites (at London prices).

 

It wasn’t until we headed back towards the super Climbers and Creepers attraction, that we realised there was a family friendly café called White Peaks which would have been a much better choice for us. Well, that and right next door we spotted a kiosk that did hotdogs and sweet potatoes fries! Lesson learnt for our next visit.

 

Kew Gardens

 

 

What we loved most

-The large pathways and space for little ones to be little.

-Very few keep off the grass signs.

-Most areas were hands-on.

-The major areas that we visited were fab and helped to keep the momentum flowing throughout the day.

 

A few little things

-The parking isn’t ideal, so try to arrive early to nab a space.

-The toilets seem to be dotted around quite sparsely so be prepared with the whole ‘everyone to the toilet to try’ speech, before leaving any eateries.

-Attractions are very spaced out, and little legs will get tired with all the walking.

 

Our rating: 9/10

 

Kew Gardens

 

 

Have you been to Kew Gardens yet? What was your favourite thing to see?

 

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5 Comments

  1. August 7, 2016 / 7:37 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Kew Gardens but have never been – will have to put it on my list next time I’m near by! Loved your pics – looked like a great day despite the showers!
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  2. August 24, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    It looks lovely, we have never been but would definitely like to go now, thanks for the tips. Xx #BloggerClubUK

  3. August 24, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    A well-written review of a lovely place. The temporary art installation looks amazing! #bloggerclubuk

  4. August 25, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    I’m a huge lover of outdoor adventures and letting the kids run about and explore nature in a safe environment. I haven’t been here but it looks amazing, (although the car parking does seem to let it down by the sounds of it?) Love Little Button’s face looking up into the hive. Well captured moment for sure 🙂 Thanks for linking with #fartglitter x

  5. August 25, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    This place looks amazing! I’m a huge lover of letting the kids run around and explore nature in a safe environment like this. It does sound like the parking situation lets it down a little though which is a shame. Love the pic of Little Button looking up into The Hive. Well captured lovely. Thanks for linking with #fartglitter x

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