What to do in Kew

Kew is renowned globally for the Royal Botanic Gardens where over three hundred acres of land and amazing glasshouses hold over 40,000 species of flora and 10,000 trees. The gardens also play host to Kew Palace. The palace was originally a mansion named 'The Dutch House' which was owned by Richard Levett, and then bought by King George III in 1781.

Kew village holds all the charm of the eighteenth century when the Hanoverian Royal Family turned it into their home. The painter Thomas Gainsborough is buried in St Anne's Church. Also buried here are Richard Levett, Lord Mayor of London and the previous owner of Kew Palace as well as several members of his family.

National Archive

The National Archive (previously known as the Public Record Office) is also situated in Kew, holding almost a millenium’s worth of historical records, such as the Domesday Book. The location was originally a World War I hospital. After this point it was used by a few government departments.

Discover the world's most stunning collection of rare and exotic flora in the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. Travel around the world by going to the largest collection of unusual and tropical plants. Discover different climates within the renowned glasshouses.

The Bowman Gallery hosts regular themed and seasonal exhibitions presenting a selection of art, both old-fashioned and contemporary, including oils, watercolours, prints, drawings and sculpture. This area specializes in views of Richmond and the beautiful buildings and nature in the surrounding environs.

On the riverside in Richmond by the historic Richmond Bridge, the water on the Thames and the rural views towards Petersham Meadows make it an ideal place for a leisurely stroll.


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