Kew Gardens & Palace

Kew Gardens & Palace

Departing Suffolk & Essex - The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew opened more than 250 years ago and house the world's largest collection of living plants. This breathtakingly beautiful collection is a must-go for those with green fingers.

The gardens today present an enjoyable mix of landscaped lawns, formal gardens, and greenhouses. Equally important, Kew functions as a botanical research centre and maintains the largest plant collection in the world. The various greenhouses display plants from across the world in climate controlled environments, while Kew Gardens Gallery houses art and photographs illustrating botanical themes. Queen Charlotte's Cottage is a pretty summerhouse lying alongside a lake. The Chinese Pagoda is arguably Kew's most recognisable structure.

 

Also worth noting is Evolution House, a small glass building housing displays on the evolution of plant life on earth. The Grass Garden has over 600 varieties of grasses, and the Wood Museum explains the manufacture of paper and shows examples of inlaid wood cabinetry. Kew remains one of the world's premier public gardens.

 

Entrance to the Temperate House is included.

 

The Temperate House houses an internationally important collection of temperate zone plants, including some of the rarest and most threatened.

It was designed by Decimus Burton, who also designed the Palm House at Kew. Building began in 1860 and it opened to the public in 1863.

It is twice the size of the Palm House and is home to temperate plants from Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific Islands.

With the global challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and food security, these important plant collections highlight Kew’s role in safeguarding rare and threatened plants from extinction.

 

Chihuly: Reflections on nature - 13 April to 27 October 2019

Iconic artist Dale Chihuly will once again exhibit his luminous glass artworks in Kew's spectacular landscape, featuring pieces never seen before in the UK.

Unique art installations will be situated across the grounds, including the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art. Experience his Drawings  and Rotolo  series - the most technically challenging work Chihuly has ever created - and Seaforms, undulating forms that conjure underwater life. The celestial vibrant blue masterpiece Sapphire Star  will welcome you as you walk through Victoria Gate.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Capel St Mary (South) Capel St Mary National Express Stop Southbound
Setdown Point: Capel St Mary White Horse Pub
Colchester North Rail Stn Colchester North Rail Station
Colchester United FC Colchester United FC, United Way CO4 5UP (off A12)
Parking £6 per day. Please contact 01206 540424.
Copdock - Tescos Copdock Mill, Tesco Superstore Front Exit Bus Stop
East Bergholt Bus Lay By East Bergholt Bus Lay By @ Junction B1070/A12
Felixstowe Gt Eastern Sq Felixstowe Great Eastern Square
Felixstowe-Premier Inn Felixstowe Bus Stop opp Premier Inn, Garrison Ln
Ipswich Railway Station Ipswich Railway Station, Burrell Road, IP2 8AL
Ipswich, West End Rd Ipswich,West End Road Car Park
Stowmarket Railway Stn Stowmarket Railway Station
Tollgate McDonalds Stanway, Mc Donalds Bus Stop, Tollgate, CO3 8RG
Trimley St Martin (PH) Trimley St Martin - Opp Hand in Hand Public House,
IP11 0RL
Trimley St Martin (Reeve) Trimley St Martin, Reeve Lodge,
Trimley St Mary (Sprites) Trimley St Mary, Opp Sprites Hall Lane,
Trimley St Mary Bus Stop Trimley St Mary, Bus Stop, Nr Station Road,
Walton - Half Moon Walton, Half Moon Public House,IP11 9QL
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Departure Date: 22/08/2019

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