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Kew Gardens in Spring with kids

Kew Gardens in Spring with kids

Last weekend we visited Kew Gardens which is just down the road from us. We love our walks and were hoping for some gorgeous Spring flowers. We were not disappointed.

Kew Gardens, or to give it its proper name, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is the most biodiverse place on earth. It felt like a long time since our last visit, looking back the kids were tiny. So it felt like the right time to make another visit. You must pre-book tickets and some buildings are closed in line with national guidance.

Children’s playground at Kew

We entered Kew via the Brentford Gate and the first thing my children noticed was the children’s playground. This was definitely new since our last visit. You had to pre-book tickets but you can join a queue in case there are extra spaces left over each session.

Children's playground at Kew

Thankfully we were let in and the children enjoyed a good old run around and play.

Children's playground at Kew

There were all types of play equipment and it was a really lovely space within Kew. My kids loved it.

Children's playground at Kew

Kew Gardens in Spring with kids

Of course as soon as we had finished at the play area the children were hungry. We found a small cafe and bought fresh pizza and hot drinks and found a bench to sit on and enjoy them. Then it was finally time to explore Kew!

I love Kew Palace but have never been inside (and it’s currently closed to visitors). It looked beautiful in the sunlight.

Kew Palace

We were happy to walk and walk, there was always something different to see and we all enjoyed stopping to learn more about the trees and flowers we saw. There were plenty of Spring flowers, especially daffodils and crocuses.

The Hive

One thing we all really loved was The Hive installation. It’s 17 metres tall and recreates life inside a beehive, complete with sounds!

The Hive Kew Gardens

It was really different and we all enjoyed standing inside it.

The Hive

Unfortunately the glass houses were all closed but there was still lots to see and do.  Kew Gardens in Spring with kids is so much fun!

Kew Gardens in Spring with kids

My son loves all things Japan so we made sure to walk over to the Great Pagoda. You can just about see it in the distance, we really did walk for miles! It’s currently closed but we loved seeing it up close. It’s also near to the Japanese Landscape that we wanted to see.

pagoda at Kew

Around this point we had clocked up a lot of steps and the children were really flagging. We headed back towards the Brentford Gate where we had parked our car, walking over the Sackler Crossing.

Despite the closure we still had a gorgeous Spring outing to Kew Gardens.

 

3 Comments

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    Rachel
    March 19, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    I haven’t been to Kew for maybe 5/6 years and always felt I needed to take it all in, in more than just the one day, it’s just so beautiful and it always amazes me just how much there is to see x

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    Rebecca Smith
    March 21, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Kew Gardens looks absolutely wonderful! It has been many years since we have visited but it definitely seems like we will have to visit soon!

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    lorraine
    March 22, 2021 at 10:14 am

    We’ve never visited as it’s such a long way from us. I’d love to visit though and I think my son would really love it too.

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