Palm House, Kew Gardens

Day Trip to Kew Gardens, London

Beating the winter blues can be tough, so anything to make it feel like Spring is in the air is always highly welcome. Nestled in the southwest corner of London, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens is as close as it gets to escaping the city within the city. Kew Gardens is home to the largest and most diverse collection of plants in the world and has certainly earned its place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I was under the impression that Kew Gardens was a London attraction more suited to the keen gardeners of the world, but it really is a must-see for anyone and everyone. I think we could all do with appreciating the wonders of nature a bit more, so it was the perfect excuse to take a day trip to this unique and interesting place. Here are some of the highlights of our visit to Kew that you definitely would not want to miss out on:

Palm House

One of the main attractions of Kew Gardens is this iconic Victorian glasshouse. It really is quite spectacular from the outside and its location just behind the lake makes it even more picturesque. Inside is a rainforest climate bursting with tropical plants and flowers from all around the world. Within this palm tree paradise, you can venture up the hidden spiral staircase and admire the greenery from the canopy level. Look out for wildlife in there too – we spotted an adorable red robin who was lapping up the attention.

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Treetop Walkway

Ever wondered what it’s like up in a forest canopy? This unique experience takes you 18 metres above the woodland floor for a closer look at life in the tree-tops. As you venture around the walkway, you can take in the fantastic views of the gardens and glasshouses below. There’s something quite peaceful about being so high above the rest of the world, and if it weren’t for the London skyline in the distance, you’d think you were in the middle of nowhere.

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Princess of Wales Conservatory

Although this glasshouse may not look like much from the outside, inside is a huge maze of different plants and flowers from a variety of climate zones. From peculiar-looking cacti and fierce-looking carnivorous plants, to beautifully delicate orchids. We were lucky enough to visit at the same time as Kew’s Orchids Festival – a celebration of Thailand’s tropical and vibrant plant life. The colourful and carefully curated floral displays really were a thing of beauty.

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