Nature Travel

Kew Gardens, London

There are slightly more photos than usually in today’s post, but that’s because Kew Gardens was just so beautiful that I had trouble narrowing it down further! And trust me, I had over 100 pictures originally. But to keep your interest, I saved my favourite picture for last! On the first lovely, warm weekend of the spring we headed down to Kew, just beyond Richmond in London.

Kew has been on my London bucket list for ages and it was worth every single penny spent on entrance fees.  (It was also in my ABC’s of Spring list.) My recommendation would be to set your mind to going mid morning, packing a picnic, and staying all day.

It’s gardens not “garden” because technically it’s two gardens smooshed together!
the palm house
The Palm House
the temperate house
 The Temperate House.
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The Tree Walkway.
queen charlotte's cottage
 Queen Charlotte’s picnic cottage.
The rhizotron teaches about tree roots.
inside the temperate house
 The Temperate House is being remodelled but you can still have a little peak inside.
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 Potted orchids.
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kew gardens
The Palm House has spiral staircases leading up to a rooftop walkway so you can view the palms from above.
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kew gardens
Yup, there’s even a pagoda at Kew.
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I just can’t get over how handsome he looked at Kew.
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kew gardens
Pretending Kew Palace is my home.

Certainly different from other gardens I’ve been to!


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  • Wow. I definitely need to check this place out. Never been but I’ll have to go now. Good weather for your visit as well. Spring is here, YAY!!! x

  • Gorgeous! I love your outfit!

  • Wow what a great place to go visit. I need to go there for sure. Another thing to add to my London list. x

    • I’d had it on my own bucket list for ages. It was wonderful. I should have listened to the recommendations of others and gone long ago! x

  • I’ve never heard of this place, it’s really pretty. I love that last picture too. Can you imagine if you actually lived there? I’d move in πŸ™‚

    • It’s one of those places living in London that friends always propose when the weather gets nicer but then you’re too lazy to actually go to. Well that’s a massive error. Bad lazy, former Amanda! x

  • All of those chimneys, I want just one little fireplace!

  • Such a beautiful garden, I love the cottage!

    • Can you imagine having a whole cottage designated just for picnics like Queen Charlotte did? The wealth! Crazy times… x

  • I love that staircase!

  • Great pictures, I didn’t think there were too many!

  • I love Kew Gardens! I’m so glad you got the chance to go πŸ™‚

  • sophie warner

    Wow this is on my bucket list as a Brit – I will make it there one day!

    • I’ve had friends recommend it for ages, and I always thought “but it’s just a garden right? And you have to pay quite a bit to get in? Is it really worth it?” And it truly is! I hope you get the chance to go one day soon. xx

  • I’m usually not a big fan of gardens or better: I just never visit them. But this one looks really beautiful and I can imagine you had a great day there, especially considering the sunshine πŸ˜‰

    • I like going to Botanical Gardens but I resent paying sometimes because after admiring some admittedly beautiful flowers then you just go home. Whereas at Kew, you can legitimately be there all day enjoying different aspects of the grounds x

  • Catie

    These pictures are stunning! I’ve been dying to go to England for the longest time and this is just fueling my wanderlust! πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you so much Catie! I didn’t visit England for the first time until I was 22 and never expected to be living here now so I have faith that you’ll get to visit one day! x

  • I love Kew Gardens! As a kid I used to live really near by and would visit all the time so this brings back good memories πŸ™‚ and there aren’t too many photos, they are all lovely!

    • Glad to know that you don’t think there are too many! I wish I lived near Kew! What a wonderful part of town to live as a kid!!! x

  • Oh man, I loved visiting the Kew Gardens on a trip to London once. Very peaceful and beautiful, as you’ve captured on this post. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much Erika! It captured my heart almost at once! I quickly started exclaiming that I wished I could live in Kew, etc etc πŸ™‚ x

  • I’m sure you already know this but Kew Gardens is where JK Rowling found the name “Hogwarts” πŸ™‚

    • Hehe, and there’s the tree that was the model for the whomping willow. Unfortunately my photo of it wasn’t great! x

  • I’m in love with that spiral staircase! And, of course, the picture below it with the plane flying in the background. πŸ˜‰

  • What a neat place! Is this within an easy-to-reach area of London, or is it more of a stretch to get to by tube/train/walking? The temperate house looks just my style.

  • Oh, Amanda, your photos make me a bit homesick for London, even though I only spent the briefest of semesters there years ago. I loved Kew Gardens!

  • They also do a Christmasy thing every year. We love Kew Gardens!

    • I really wanted to go see the Christmas lights at Kew, but predictably, I never got around to actually booking tickets and then every time we had the evening whim to go, I’d check online and tickets would already be sold out for that day. Next year I will actually get my act together to make thins happen πŸ˜‰ x

  • Kew Gardens has also been on my list for a long time, but I just wasn’t sure whether I should go with the entrance fee. You say it’s worth it though? Will have to go when it’s a nice summery day! πŸ™‚

    • I loved it. It’s definitely the kind of place to go with friends, a big basket of food/wine, a blanket and plan to relax and enjoy the sun all day long. If the weather was bad, I definitely would have been slightly putt off by the price only because most of the joy of Kew Gardens comes from their outside space. x

  • So gorgeous, thank you for sharing!

  • I just realized that I have been here, but we just walked through and didn’t visit the Palm House. It wasn’t nearly as beautiful a day as this, either! Great photos; Kew Palace totally suits you.

    • Haha thank you! The Palm House is undergoing a many-year long renovation project so it’s really likely that it might have been closed when you were there. We just got really lucky with the weather! x

  • Cecelia

    Great pictures, looks like fun!

  • It’s absolutely gorgeous! Oh my gosh…! That staircase totally reminds me of the one in “The Secret Garden”..! I think I’m right in remembering one in that movie.. it’s been so many years since I’ve seen it!

    • I love “The Secret Garden”. That’s close to the part of England that Sam’s from originally πŸ™‚ x

  • that orange building!! wowza..beautiful shots!

    • The orange building is Kew Palace and I think it’s my favourite “royal residence” so far! Thank you! x

  • beautiful photos! what a gorgeous day to visit! adding to the list πŸ™‚

  • Thank you so much Robert! Since it’s still fairly early into the warm months it was a lot more peaceful than I imagine it will be when summer kicks off! x

  • We enjoyed strolling through Kew Gardens a couple of years ago! So much beauty between the structures and foliage! πŸ™‚ I just loved The Palm House!

  • I simply adore Kew Gardens, it’s one of the few paid things that I tell everyone to go to, and spend a day there – you simply can’t see everything in only a few hours!

    • I’d definitely make it one of the things I recommend now!! (Although I also recommend visiting the Tower of London despite the ticket price because you can spend hours there and it’s fascinating…) x

  • your photos are GORGEOUS! I love Kew Gardens – I tried to convince Jon that we should do our engagement photos there but he wanted them somewhere more urban. (We DO have a connection to Butler’s Wharf, where the photos were taken in the end, and we didn’t for Kew Gardens, but it’s just SO PRETTY.) Did you do the Tree Walkway? It looked scary :/

    • I did the Tree Walkway but Sam has a paralysing fear of heights so it was a brief sojourn for me quickly around once. I just creepily stalked your blog for the old Wedding Wednesday post where you posted your engagement picture and they are stunning! The light in the last one where you are kissing is so gorgeous. And the one where you are laughing and Jon is looking at you. Ugh. You’re simply glowing. One of my favourite walking paths in London is going from the Southbank Centre all along the Thames, through Butler’s Wharf until you get almost to Rotherhithe. x

  • Ohhhhh. I wanna go there. *__*

    • It’s really beautiful Lix! I hope you get a chance to go! It’s a bit of a mission from North London though! x