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Children’s garden at Kew Gardens

Edited by: Rekha Rajan
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Imagine a place where the magic of nature comes alive for your young adventurers through lively and interactive spaces specifically designed for them.  

A playground for children between two and 12, equivalent to 40 tennis courts, and home to over 100 mature trees, the Children’s Garden at Kew Gardens offers a delightful journey through the essentials of plant growth.

The highlight of the Children’s Garden is a 4-meter-high canopy walk wrapping around a 200-year-old oak tree.

The Children’s Garden is divided into four themed sections, each dedicated to one of the essential elements.

This article covers everything you must know about the Children’s Garden at Kew.

What to Expect 

Towering treehouses beckon young souls to new heights, and down below, flowing water gardens spark the imagination with pumps and channels. 

Bamboo Gardens with exciting climbing structures promise endless fun, and the campfire zone, with its stories, provides a warm blanket of relaxation. 

The garden encourages children to explore different types of plants, including edible plants and those with interesting textures and scents, integrating an educational aspect seamlessly. 

In this classroom of wonders, children can learn about plants, pollination, and the natural world in a fun and hands-on manner.

Alternatively, another attraction in the Kew Gardens that the Children really enjoy is the Kew Treetop Walkway, which is a short walk away from the Children’s Garden.

Here are the predominant four zones with different themes that your child can explore in the garden:

Earth Garden

Children can explore a bamboo tunnel jungle of palms and slide down worm-hole tubes in the Earth Garden.

It is a hub for earth science, teaching germination and plants with fascinating roots.

Air Garden

The Air Garden has colorful windflowers, pollen spheres, and seed-like bubbles. 

Children can relax in hammocks, use periscopes to gaze at the sky, and jump on trampolines here.

Sun Garden 

Children can explore the Sun Garden’s sensory paths, surrounded by sunflowers, cherry trees, and hoop frames made of apple and pear trees.

Water Garden

This is a place to explore beautiful water features with stepping stones resembling giant lilies. 

Kids can walk on natural stone boulders decorated with horsetails, ferns, and giant rhubarb while discovering the significance of the water cycle.

Closest Entrance Gate to the Children’s Garden

Although Victoria Gate is considered the main gate of Kew grade, the nearest Entrance gate to the Children’s Garden is Brentford Gate.

It is the only gate in Kew Gardens attached to a parking lot. 

Learn all about Kew Garden Entrances

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Restaurants near the Children’s Garden

Restaurants near the Children's Garden
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Of all the Restaurants at Kew, The Family Kitchen and Shop and The Orangery are the closest eating points for a hearty feast after the kids are exhausted from play.

The Family Kitchen and Shop is inspired by imaginative realms found in books like Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach.

The interiors create a magical world of gardens, forests, and woodlands.

The restaurant emphasizes a sustainable food culture through tactile and sensory design, fostering a fusion of wonder and education.

The Orangery, with its indoor seating, outdoor terrace, and beautiful Victorian structure, is a great spot for an informal lunch or a coffee break.

It offers coffee, cakes, and light meals. 

Check out the Afternoon Tea Tradition at Kew.


The Children’s Gardens stays open daily from 10 am to 2 pm.

While Brentford Gate is the closest, it is also fairly close to the Elizabeth Gate. 

Children’s Garden Tickets

No extra fee is levied for entrance to the children’s garden.

Once you buy an admission ticket to Kew Gardens, you and your children are free to access the children’s garden.

There are a lot of special events for children at Kew, such as the Christmas at Kew experience.

Ticket Prices

Adult Ticket (30 to 64 years): £14
Student Ticket (with a valid ID): £7
Youth Ticket (16 to 29 years): £7
Senior Ticket (60+ years): £12
Child Ticket (4 to 15 years): £4
Infant Ticket (up to 3 years): Free
Family Ticket (1 adult & 2 children): £29
Family Ticket (2 adult & 2 children): £48

For Children with Special Needs

Special sessions are available for children between two and 12 with special educational needs and disabilities during busier months.

Children’s Garden Rules

Children must always be supervised by adults, and conversely adults can enter only when accompanying children.

Do not pluck any flowers or plants in the garden under any circumstance.

A dedicated staff member patrols the Children’s Garden during peak times for the children’s safety and the park’s sanctity.

There are a lot of special events for children at Kew, such as the Christmas at Kew experience, and Kew Gardens aims to be a place where children can find unbounded solace and safety.

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How to get to the Children’s Garden

From Elizabeth Gate

You can reach this entrance either by bus or by river commute. It is up to you to decide which transport option suits you better.

By Bus

The bus stop Kew Green (Stop A) (Bus No: 65, 110, and N65) is a 5-minute walk from the Elizabeth gate. 

The Musical Museum bus sop (Stop U) (Bus No: 237, 267, and N9), is a 10-minute walk from the Elizabeth gate. 

By Boat 

Elizabeth Gate’s proximity to the Thames makes transportation by boat very convenient for visitors. 

Thames River Boats offers a special service from Westminster Pier to Kew Pier. 

Elizabeth gate entrance is only a 0.2-mile walk from the Kew Pier.

By Bicycle

Put on Google Maps and navigate to the Elizabeth Gate at Kew Garden. 

Bicycle racks are available at all four gates, but bicycle parking is at your own risk. 

At Elizabeth Gate, the racks are inside the gates behind the booths.

From Brentford Gate

By Car/Bike

Put on Google Maps and navigate to the Car Park at Ferry Lane. 

The Brentford Gate adjoins the car park.

Bicycle racks are available at all four gates, but bicycle parking is at your own risk.

Please note: There is very limited parking at Kew, and spots are available in the car park on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you intend to drive to Kew, please make advance arrangements since the Kew Gardens cannot guarantee a spot in the parking lot.

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