The Children’s Garden at Kew is located within Royal Botanic Kew Gardens, which is home to over 50,000 living plants and a designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Entry to the gardens is paid for, if you think you might go a few times it is potentially more cost effective to buy their membership. Once inside the Children’s Garden is free, you will need to book your time slot in advance and this can be done at the same time as booking your tickets. These book up pretty quickly so I would try and book as far in advance as you can. Throughout the year, especially in the school holidays there are different exhibitions or activities that you can also take part in as well as enjoying the gardens themselves.
As well as the Childrens Garden there are also the famous glass houses, Japanese Pagoda, lake and friendly geese.
What is at the Children’s Garden at Kew?
The Children’s Garden is divided into the areas that the flowers need to grow, Air, Water, Earth and Sun, around a central higher walkway platform.
The Air garden has tall poles with colourful windmills on the top and ‘pollen spheres’ across the ground for the children to stand on, jump off, or sit on. There is also a rope swing and little individual trampolines. The bright flowers in this area are also worth exploring as there are hammocks nestled amongst them as well as periscopes.
As you meander along the wooden path you come to the Sun garden with a grass area surrounded by colourful tunnels they are great for snacks or having a little rest before you reach the water garden.
In the Water garden there is a shallow pool with stepping stones like a waterlily where children can cross from one side to the other. There is pump station where you can pump the water into a large wooden basin and release it through the wooden tunnels and down across a pebbled area. The wooden dam shutters allow the children to release the water themselves at various points along its journey. This area is designed to show the journey that our water takes.
Next to the Water garden is a large wooden climbing frame that is suited to older children with a large wooden climbing structure and rope climbing net. There is also a little hidden garden of wooden teepee structures to explore.
The final are of the garden is Earth where you will find little wooden houses in a sand pit and a number of tunnel and open top slides. There are buckets and spades in the sandpit that allow children to fill them up and move them around on a pulley system. There are 3 tunnel slides, which you can use an array of climbing methods to reach the top of, from the wooden stairs to the climbing wall and rope. There are also 2 small open slides for toddlers.
The Children’s Garden at Kew is aimed at children aged 2 to 12 and there really is something for them all to enjoy.
What facilities are there?
There are several cafes and restaurants serving both sit down and takeaway food. During peak times of the year there are often pop up areas serving hot drinks and sandwiches. It is also lovely take a picnic and enjoy the open spaces.
Kew Gardens has its own really small paid for car park (TW9 3AF), which I would suggest pre-booking to avoid disappointment. The nearest NCP car parks are some way from the gardens. However, you can park on one of the many residential near to the Victoria Gate entrance for free after 12 o’clock. I would have never struggled to get a space doing this, you are also near to a great entrance to the Garden. Click here for car parking details.
Scooters and bikes are not allowed into the gardens and will have to be left at the entrance, but the gardens are extremely buggy friendly.
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