Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens

London, England, United Kingdom

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The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew are better known simply as Kew Gardens are in important botanical research centre that was created in 1759. Today there are more than 30,000 different kinds of plants at the gardens and the herbarium is the largest in the world. There are also more than 30 heritage listed buildings that are part of the gardens. One such building is the Chinese pagoda that was built in 1761. Another is Kew Palace – the smallest of the British royal palaces – built in 1631 and purchased by George III.

The Palm House was the first large scale structural use of wrought iron and was built between 1844 and 1848. The Temperate House, built just afterwards is the largest Victorian glasshouse in existence. Since 2003 the gardens have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site and continue to be one of the world’s finest botanical gardens and an important centre for horticultural study.

You can take free guided tours each day at 11am and 2pm- leaving from the Victoria Gate. A tour is the ideal way to begin your trip to the gardens and then you can orient yourself better to see all the sites, buildings, galleries and museums within the complex that interest you.

(Image by Bruno Girin on Flickr)

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