Kew Gardens

Welcome back! this month we went to visit Kew Gardens.

This was probably the furthest we have been with Rarars Adventures visiting locations as it is based just on the outskirts of London at Richmond. you are able to get here by car, and train, you can get a train to Kew Bridge station, which is about a ten-minute walk from Kew Gardens, if you live local then you can bike there which they will give you a discount for going in if you choose this option.

By Bus, you can get the 391,65 which will stop just outside Kew Gardens.

We were given permission to visit here which was nice and meant we were able to film but we weren't allowed to ask questions on camera.

so let's talk about the changes Kew Gardens have had to make because of covid-19.


Thing's that Have changed at this time.

*You must book a time slot in advance otherwise, unfortunately, you will not be allowed to visit. (even if you are a member)

*They are closing specific buildings and attractions during the coronavirus out brake to keep their staff and visitors safe.

Current closers

Climbers and creepers are permanently closed to make way for an exciting new attraction.

The Marianne North Gallery and the Shirley Sherwood Gallery are closed.

The Kew Explorer is not running

The Pagoda, Queen Charlotte's cottage, and the Royal Places are all closed.

The Library is not open to the public.

The Treetop walkway is closed.

Some of their Benches and toilets are closed off. open toilets are noted on the map on arrival.

The Kew Explorer Land Train is not running

the Badger sett in the natural area is closed

The Minka House is closed

Parking is not allowed on Kew Road and Limited around the area if able to consider walking or cycling to them if you are close by.


There is still lots to see and do at Kew Gardens which we will be sharing with you.


We planned better for this trip knowing that it was large and the trouble that I have walking .We decided to hire a mobility scooter which Kew Gardens Hire out for free, you need to book this in advance to guarantee that you get one on arrival.

They also hire out wheelchairs if that would be easier for you, again make sure you book in advance.

Because Kew Gardens is quite large we tried our best to cover as much as we could in the time that we were there, which we are sharing with you today, but this also leaves it so that there are some places that you will explore and find on your own visit.

Before going on I wanted to share that there are four entrance places we went to the Richmond entrance as this has a car park, with disabled places and where we were told to hire the mobility scooter. but you also have Loin Gate, Victoria Gate, and Elizabeth Gate as well. (I will try and add a picture of the map at the end so you can see where all the entrances are.)

I also would like to share that it's got hard standing paths all around Kew Gardens which makes it easy to drive a mobility scooter around and easier to push a wheelchair or buggy.

As I said before not all of the toilets are open but at the entrance we went too they were, they have a ceiling hoist which I thought was very good ,I don't believe they have this in all their disabled toilets though.




We managed to visit the Mediterranean Garden and King Willams Temple which was beautiful to see, and again all hard standing and good accessibility.

we went to the Japanese Landscape which is combining a Garden of peace, a garden of activity, and a garden of harmony, the Japanese landscape is the ideal spot for quiet reflection.

we went over the Lake and Sankler crossing which is another calm place to stop and see all the wildlife and completely wheelchair friendly.

(don't worry I have taken a lot of photos to share with you at the end)

We also went into Palm house, because of covid it's all one-way system inside all of the outhouses and you are not allowed to take a mobility scooter inside so please bear this in mind when visiting, Also the doors are quite heavy to open so if you need to make sure you ask for help opening the doors in the glasshouses. Also, I would like to point out that some of the walkways have a gridded floor with holes so please be careful not to get your walking stick stuck in the hole I have shared a picture to explain what I mean down below.

Did you know!

The Palm House has the oldest pot plant in the world or the disease-fighting Periwinkle.


The other thing I would also like to share which I experienced, is where there not opening all the toilets and there is a lot of cleaning happening they are letting people use the disabled toilets just while they are cleaning the main toilets ,which is a good idea until there is a queue and you have to wait longer than normal to be able to excess the disabled toilet, I was grateful I had a pad on as unfortunately I did have an accident because of my bladder problems, so please make sure you are prepared for a bit of queuing ,I do think they are doing the best they can but it is something to think about, I was in a lot of pain after because I'm not able to hold my bladder.

The other place we went past but couldn't go up was the tree walk, I was so upset about this as this was something I would have loved to experience but maybe another time, but I did find out that there is a lift you can take if you are in a wheelchair or buggy, but you are not allowed to take mobility scooters up there, for health and safety reasons. this is currently closed due to covid but keep checking their website to see when it re-opens. (p.s. if you go when it's open I'd love to see the pictures you take it looks amazing.)


There are restaurants and cafes dotted around Kew Gardens so you can stop for a bite to eat, or coffee. and lots of places to stop if you have brought your own picnic as well, and there is seating through out Kew Gardens to stop and rest if you need to.



I hope you enjoyed Rarars Adventures' visit to Kew Gardens, I didn't want to share everything we did so there is plenty for you to explore when you visit.

Please feel free to ask questions or leave your experience down below, I would love to hear your feedback.


Kew Gardens Opening times 2020/21

1st to 24th October

10:00 am - 6 pm (last entry 5pm)

09:00 am opening on the 24th October

25th October to 17th November 2020

10 am - 4.15 pm (last entry 3.15 pm)

9 am openings on 25 and 31 October, and 1 November

18 November 2020 to 3 January 2021

10 am- 3 pm (last entry 2 pm)

Gardens closed all day on 24 and 25 December

4 January to 4 February 2021

10 am - 4.15 pm (last entry 3.15 pm)

5 February to 7 March 2021

10 am - 5.30 (last entry 4.30 pm)

8 March to 31 March 2021

10 am - 6 pm (last entry 5 pm)


Glasshouses

* All glasshouse open from 10 am and close one hour before the gardens.


Cafes and restaurants

Victoria Plaza Cafe

10 am - 5.30 pm

The Botanical

10 am - 5 pm

brunch 10 am - 11.30 am

Lunch 12 pm- 3 pm

Afternoon tea 2.30 pm - 4 pm

Book a Table


Pavilion Bar and Grill

11 am - 5 pm

Lunch 11.30 am - 3 pm


White Peaks

10 am - 5pm

Lunch 11.30 am - 2.30 pm

Takeaway service only


The Orangery

10 am - 5 pm

Breakfast 10 am - 11 am

Lunch 11.30 am - 3 pm

Eating and drinking at Kew Gardens


Shops

Victoria Plaza

10 am - 5.30 pm

Pavilion Shop

11 am - 5 pm

White Peaks

10.30 pm - 5 pm

Shopping at Kew Gardens


(Please double-check their website before visiting in case things change.)

Tickets and prices

currently, you have to book online, for your tickets which gives you 45 minutes from your chosen time slot to enter Kew Gardens, once you're inside, stay as long as you like. Please help keep to social distancing guidelines and don't arrive earlier than your time.

(you should not come to Kew Gardens if you are unwell or should be in isolation along with your household.)

Here is the link to book your ticket

https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/visit-kew-gardens/tickets


home page link

https://www.kew.org/


what's on

https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on

become a member

https://www.kew.org/join-and-support/become-a-member-kew

what in the gardens

https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-in-the-gardens



Thank you for reading don't forget to check out the video vlog we did at Kew Gardens press the link to take you straight there Subscribe so you don't miss any more upcoming vlogs.

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