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Kew Gardens

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Please also see Kew Bridge National Rail station. Kew is pronounced as 'queue' (not koo).

Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew Gardens) ¼ mile to Victoria Gate

Over 300 acres of trees, shrubs, flowers and many rare plants. Exotic glasshouses including the Princess of Wales Conservatory with ten climatic zones. Museums. Restaurant and tea chalet.
Open Daily from 1000, closing time varies, see website.
Lion Gate at the southern end of Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew Gardens) is ¾ mile from Richmond station.

Kew Palace (in Royal Botanic Gardens) ¾ mile

Built in 1631, this is the smallest of the royal palaces. It was used by members of the royal family from 1728 until the death of Queen Charlotte in 1818.
Kew Palace is in the Royal Botanic Gardens and cannot be visited separately.
Open Apr-Sep, Daily 1100-1700.

London Museum of Water & Steam 1 mile

The world's largest collection of steam pumping engines. The engines are in steam most weekends. The Waterworks gallery tells the story of London's water supply system from Roman times to the present day. Garden with water play features and picnic area. Steam railway. Café.
Open SSu 1000-1600, see website for extra days in school holidays.

Musical Museum 1¼ miles

Automatic musical instruments from musical boxes to a Wurlitzer cinema organ. Live demonstrations.
Open FSSu 1000-1600.

Kew map

London Bus Map (printed or digital)

London City Walks

Walk London Map & Guide, including Royal Parks and Thames Path

Thames Path in London walking guide

London Loop walking guide