Christmas at Kew Gardens

20th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Father Christmas, Vintage Car Rides, and Winter Walks.

For the perfect winter day out, combine a visit to Father Christmas with a crisp winter walk, and a calm Christmas gift shopping experience at Kew Gardens.
Join a free, guided, ‘Winter Evergreen’ walk with Kew’s expert guides, and discover the Christmas plants that shine throughout winter in Kew’s 300 acre site. The walks are daily, and start from the volunteers desk at noon.
Visit Father Christmas in his festive grotto, and see the Gardens glowing with festive lights. The grotto opens from December 11th, to the 23rd, in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. The queue opens at noon and closes at 3pm.
Once the little ones have visited Father Christmas, take them for a carousel ride on Kew Palace lawn, from December 11th to January 3rd. The rides begin at 10.30am and finish at 3.30pm. Adults £2, children £2, adults accompanying an under five, £1. Still not satisfied? Take them to Climbers and Creepers to have their faces painted ‘seasonally’, from December 11th to January 3rd. £4 a face, or two for £7.
A traditional horse and carriage ride will also be on offer, taking visitors down the historic Broadwalk. If you’re little ones prefer Christmas in the fast lane, we are also offering mini-sized vintage car rides.  The rides will run from 10.30am to 3.30pm daily. Adults £3, children £2.
Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme, what do they all have in common?  Drop into our secluded garden to find out, at one of our ‘hands on’ sessions. Wednesdays and Sundays, 11.30am to 2.30pm.
A variety of festive products will be available from our fabulous onsite shops, which will be opening late before Christmas on the evenings of the 16th, 17th and 18th December.
Once Christmas is over, feel free to bring along your Christmas tree minus decorations and have it recycled by our very kind arboretum team!
Please note, the glasshouses and Xstrata Treetop Walkway close at 3.45pm, with the gardens closing at 4.15pm.
  • Opening hours: 9.30am – 4.15pm (weekdays), 9.30 – 4.15pm (weekends)
  • Last entry to the Gardens, the glasshouses, galleries and the Xstrata Treetop Walkway is 30 minutes before closing
  • Admission: Adults £13.50, Concessions £11.50, free for children under 17 (with an adult)
  • Visitor information: 020 8332 5655 or
  • Website:
The Royal Botanic Garden, Kew
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding living collection of plants and world-class Herbarium as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world. Kew Gardens is a major international visitor attraction. Its landscaped 132 hectares and RBG Kew's country estate, Wakehurst Place, attract nearly 2 million visitors every year. Kew was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009. Wakehurst Place is home to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world. RBG Kew and its partners have collected and conserved seed from 10% of the world's wild flowering plant species (c.30, 000 species) and aim to conserve 25% by 2020.
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