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Kew Gardens Treetop walkway

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Tarzan movies, treehouses, and soaring aerial shots of rainforests have left us with an innate childlike desire and curiosity about what it’s like in the dense shared canopies of towering trees. 

Is there a strange world up there, gliding amongst the tree branches, peering out into the tiny ecosystems they harbor?

How cool would it be to hop from one tree top to another?  

Standing at a height of 18 meters (60 feet) and traversing a trail 200 meters (220 yards) long, The Treetop Walkway is one of Kew Gardens’ most popular attractions and allows you to gaze into this curious little world.

This article covers everything you must know about the Kew Gardens treetop walkway.

What to expect

Examine the intricate ecosystem found in the tree’s topmost branches—a world filled with lichen, mushrooms, birds, and insects. 

You will walk through the branches of sweet chestnut, beech, horse chestnut, and various oak species that border the path. 

Walk across this tree-lined path that gently flexes and sways as you peer into the life of deciduous woodland.

The walkway has a subtle, pleasing aesthetic with its rusted columns designed to blend in with the design.

Drawing inspiration from natural tree branches, the bridge lays out its trusses in the Fibonacci sequence. 

You do not need a separate ticket for access to the treetop walkway; the Kew Gardens admission ticket is enough.

Nearest entry gate to the Kew Treetop Walkaway

To reach the Kew Treetop Walkaway, it is best to enter either from the Victoria Gate or the Lion Gate. 

If you are coming from Richmond Station, take the 65 number bus to Lion Gate.

The Kew Garden Subway station is merely a five-minute walk away from the Victoria Gate.

Learn about all entrances at Kew Gardens.

Nearest Restaurants to the Treetop Walkaway.

The closest Kew Garden Restaurant to the Treetop Walkaway in the Kew Gardens is the Pavillion Bar and Grill. 

Drinking water and Toilet facilities are even closer, lying on the other side of the Arboretum E4 Nursey nearby.

How to reach Kew Gardens

The Kew Gardens is in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames, just 30 minutes from Central London. Get Directions.

Kew Gardens has four main entrances, and the River Thames flows 500 meters (.31 mile) from the Elizabeth Gate.

The 300-acre stretch of exotic gardens in southwest greater London is a perfect relaxing place.

By Tube

The nearest station to Kew Gardens is the aptly named Kew Gardens station

The District line and London Overground serve it and lie in Zone 3.

Once you get down at the Station, you must walk half a km (one-third of a mile) to Victoria Gate of the Botanical Gardens.

By Train

If you’re taking the train, you must arrive at Kew Bridge station.

From Kew Bridge Station, Elizabeth Gate is the closest Kew Gardens entrance. You can reach it in 10 minutes.

South Western Trains run services from Waterloo via Vauxhall and Clapham Junction.

By Bus

Buses are the most convenient and accessible method for traveling around the city.

To reach Kew Gardens by bus, you can use routes 65, 391, 237, or 267.

Route 65 stops near the Lion Gate, the Victoria Gate, and the Elizabeth Gate.

Route 391 will drop you near the Kew Gardens station and the Elizabeth gate.

Route 237 and Route 267 pass through the Kew Bridge station.

Note: Visitors can also use riverboat service from the Westminster Pier to the Kew Pier during summer. The Kew Pier is 500 meters (.31 mile) from Elizabeth Gate.

*If you are traveling by car, check out parking at Kew Gardens.

Parking can become really tough to avail on special Kew Garden event days, such as Christmas at Kew Garden.

Is booking required for Treetop Walkaway?

The Treetop Walkaway Tour is included with the Kew Garden admission ticket and requires no separate booking. 

You can go up and down as many times as you like.

If you are visiting in the afternoon, you can follow your adventure with a satisfying afternoon tea at Kew Gardens’s Botanical Brasserie restaurant.

Ticket Prices for Kew Gardens Admission

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

Visiting Details

The Treetop Walkway is open from 10 am to 2 pm (last entry at 1:45 pm). 

Visitors are advised to check for planned closures and visitor notices, as the walkway may be closed in bad weather or for maintenance.

Important Information

  • Visitors will have to climb 118 steps in total. 
  • For safety reasons, buggies should be left at ground level.
  • Children should be supervised at all times.

If you are traveling with children, you must also visit the Children’s Garden at Kew.

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