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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - Kew Gardens


Unlock the amazing power of plants and fungi

Description

Kew is London's largest UNESCO World Heritage site offering unique landscapes, vistas and iconic architecture from every stage of the Gardens' history. Our collection of living plants is the largest and most diverse in the world, growing out in the landscape and within our glasshouses and nurseries.

Kew is the perfect setting for an outdoor classroom, with a dedicated on-site teaching team ready to take your group on an inspiring learning adventure.

We offer visits for all educational organisations and cater for different ages, abilities and learning needs. All education sessions are linked to the curriculum. Head over to our website to find out more about learning at Kew.


Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.7
94 reviews


Excellent
 
79%

Very Good
 
17%

Average
 
2%

Poor
 
2%

Awful
 
0%

(September 2022 - Primary School)




(August 2022 - Primary School & Secondary School)




(August 2022 - Primary School)




(August 2022 - Primary School)




(July 2022 - Primary School)




The venue is always beautifully maintained and well organised. The teaching staff that lead the education sessions are knowledgeable and very friendly. A wonderful experience for the children. (July 2022)




Very well organised. Outdoor day, lots of fresh air. Very relevant for Year 1 children. Easy in terms of drop off and pick up. (July 2022 - Primary School)




(June 2022 - Primary School)




(June 2022 - Primary School)




(June 2022 - Primary School)




Amazing school trip! Would definitely visit again. (March 2022 - Primary School)




(March 2022 - Secondary School)




Great fieldwork venue. (March 2022 - Secondary School)




Fantastic houses and plants within them! Friendly staff and the children thoroughly enjoyed the day. (March 2022 - Primary School)




(September 2021 - Secondary School)




Staff were responsive and very helpful. The venue is also a great educational place. (July 2021 - Secondary School)




(March 2020 - Primary School)




(March 2020 - Primary School)




(February 2020 - Secondary School)




(February 2020 - Primary School)




(January 2020 - Primary School)




Shame that no prior notification was given the the lift to the tree top walkway was not in use. This disadvantaged a student who is only able to be mobile with the use of an automatic wheelchair. The education team were contacted by the school prior to the visit to check accessibility. No knowledge of the broken lift was given, yet on the ground the staff on Kew Gardens site informed us that the lift hap been broken for months. This was something that disappointed the child and the SEN teacher. However, Kew Gardens staff on the site did give the student an age appropriate book from the gift shop. However, the Education team at Kew did not apologise they just referred us to their small print. This was a shame, hence three stars this time.We will continue to use the venue for future trips as it is highly appropriate to our curriculum. (January 2020 - Secondary School)




(December 2019 - Primary School)




A fabulous and informative day! The Kew teachers were very knowledgeable and engaging. (December 2019 - Primary School)




Superb environment offering unique experiences. (December 2019 - Primary School & Secondary School)




An excellent visit. The exhibition of work by dale Chihuly was inspirational. All facilities at Kew are of a high standard and staff are friendly and helpful. (November 2019 - Secondary School)




(October 2019 - Secondary School)




(October 2019 - Secondary School)




Absolutely great. Self led tours by staff. Staff were accommodating with the exhibition that was only 5 in at a time as they let in 6. Students were interested in the gardens and sculpture and explored the surroundings thoroughly with their cameras. (October 2019 - Secondary School)




A great location for a school trip. Can accommodate large numbers. met at gate by employees who take all your details to speed up the registration (October 2019 - Secondary School)




The day went smoothly and the organisation was excellent. All information was helpful and accurate. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day. (October 2019 - Secondary School)




Staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the sessions were well planned out. (October 2019 - Secondary School)




(October 2019 - Primary School)




Tate Britain, not Kew Gardens! It is a great venue because reasonably quiet, particularly in the morning. (September 2019 - Primary School)




(September 2019 - Secondary School)




Kew Gardens did not have a water fountain and so students had to buy water! (September 2019)




Met all our requirements (September 2019 - Secondary School)




(July 2019 - Primary School)




Fantastic day had by all. Students were surrounded with resources and produced a range of successful drawings from the day. (June 2019 - Secondary School)




Due to the excellent exhibition of glass sculptures, it was a suitable Art trip for year 9s who have been studying sculpture. It is hoped that they might take inspiration from this outing to use in future GCSE work. (June 2019 - Secondary School)




Fantastic venue, much enjoyed by all the students. (June 2019 - Secondary School)




(June 2019 - Primary School)




Amazing hands on learning about bee pollination, one of the best school trips we have been on for the level of interest and learning for the children. (June 2019 - Primary School)




Linked to habitats and biomes. Science and Humanities. The workshop was well pitched and reinforced classwork. Travel time is the only drawback. (June 2019 - Primary School)




(June 2019 - Primary School)




(June 2019 - Primary School)




(June 2019 - Primary School)




Excellent day out for schools (June 2019 - Primary School)




We love visiting Kew Gardens and its a great location for purpose of microclimates. This year we had a mix up with the Kew staff regarding level of supervision-- this is something that has not come up in the past. We organise our pupils and give them a bit of space to explore, whilst taking regular registers, providing them with maps and out of bounds areas and allowing them to complete fieldwork within that time. Its put a damper on the visit that the Kew constabulary requires us to hand hold our students (this was the case with the KS1 pupils at Kew) so its made the visit a bit less special. I explained that we had been visiting Kew for years and this had never come up and even the first day of the trip it was no issue with Kew staff. We were applauded for how well behaved our pupils were in fact. Seems like its different staff members interpretation and we will need to reconsider our plan for the day in future visits. There were no incidences or poor behaviour to report. (June 2019 - Secondary School)




We love visiting Kew Gardens and its a great location for purpose of microclimates. This year we had a mix up with the Kew staff regarding level of supervision-- this is something that has not come up in the past. We organise our pupils and give them a bit of space to explore, whilst taking regular registers, providing them with maps and out of bounds areas and allowing them to complete fieldwork within that time. Its put a damper on the visit that the Kew constabulary requires us to hand hold our students (this was the case with the KS1 pupils at Kew) so its made the visit a bit less special. I explained that we had been visiting Kew for years and this had never come up and even the first day of the trip it was no issue with Kew staff. We were applauded for how well behaved our pupils were in fact. Seems like its different staff members interpretation and we will need to reconsider our plan for the day in future visits. There were no incidences or poor behaviour to report. (June 2019 - Secondary School)




(June 2019 - Secondary School)




The workshop was a good way of seeing and experiencing things that could otherwise be missed. (May 2019 - Primary School)




Great space with plenty of activities offered by knowledgeable staff (May 2019 - Primary School)




(May 2019 - Primary School)




(May 2019 - Secondary School)




Great workshop, the children were engaged and learnt a lot about the rainforest. (May 2019 - Primary School)




Kew Gardens was a fantastic place to visit - lots to see and look at in relation to our plants/flowers/trees topic! We also did a workshop that the children really enjoyed. The member of staff leading it was very enthusiastic and excellent with the children. One thing that we did consider was that the workshop only covered the curriculum - so we had already taught it in school, whereas we expected it to be 'Amazing Plants' where we might've seen some more unusual things. (April 2019 - Primary School)




It was great, all of the girls really enjoyed learning and experiencing different climates and plant life. (March 2019 - Primary School)




Despite dreadful weather, the visit to Kew was brilliant. The children were fully engaged in the educational session and the hands on, practical element of this was fabulous! (March 2019 - Primary School)




(March 2019 - Primary School)




(March 2019 - Secondary School)




(February 2019 - Primary School)




(December 2018 - Secondary School)




(December 2018 - Primary School)




(December 2018 - Secondary School)




Well organised microclimate studies using a variety of equipment and assessing validity of results Following the 'led sessions' students had ample time to enjoy the beauty of the gardens, completing a SHHS staff devised 'treasure hunt task' including visits to monuments and greenhouses (December 2018 - Secondary School)




Great venue- especially if the weather is good (like it was on our trip- despite it being in November!) (November 2018 - Secondary School)




(November 2018 - Secondary School)




(November 2018 - Secondary School)




(November 2018 - Secondary School)




(October 2018 - Secondary School)




(October 2018 - Primary School)




All students enjoyed the day and got a lot out of the different experiences that Kew has to offer. Kews lunch room was locked when we got there which was a shame as it was pre booked. Other than that a successful day. (October 2018 - Secondary School)




(October 2018 - Secondary School)




(September 2018 - Primary School)




An excellent experience for my class who were learning about the rainforest. Teaching sessions were engaging and informative. (September 2018 - Primary School)




(September 2018 - Secondary School)




(August 2018 - Primary School)




(July 2018 - Primary School)




Fantastic site with knowledgeable staff (July 2018 - Primary School)




(June 2018 - Primary School)




Helpful staff who smoothly got us through the entrance very easily and efficiently. (June 2018 - Secondary School)




(June 2018 - Primary School)




A very informative and engaging trip for the children - the adult guides were great at accommodating all of our needs. (June 2018 - Primary School)




Had another lovely visit to Kew Gardens, enriched learning and experiences of biomes for year 7. (June 2018 - Secondary School)




(May 2018 - Primary School)




(May 2018)




Great venue for a trip. Safe, lots of under cover space if it rains. The school groups lunch rooms are spacious and well managed. (May 2018 - Primary School)




Jane was a fantastic guide. (May 2018 - Primary School)




Good time of year to visit. Well pitched and engaging. We left too late. Need to be heading back earlier next time. As soon as the session finish. (April 2018 - Primary School)




(February 2018 - Secondary School)




A fantastic trip, beautiful grounds. The workshop - comparing desert and rain forest plants was perfect for our topic - going wild. The Kew teacher leading the workshop was brilliant, taught us loads! (January 2018 - Primary School)




(January 2018 - Secondary School)




(January 2018 - Secondary School)




Contact

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - Kew Gardens
Kew Green
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 3AE
LOtC

Pricing

https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/school-visits/prices

Opening Times

Opening and closing times are seasonal and vary throughout the year.
Check the latest opening and closing times here: https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/visit-kew-gardens/opening-and-closing-times

Unlock the amazing power of plants and fungi

Description

Kew is London's largest UNESCO World Heritage site offering unique landscapes, vistas and iconic architecture from every stage of the Gardens' history. Our collection of living plants is the largest and most diverse in the world, growing out in the landscape and within our glasshouses and nurseries.

Kew is the perfect setting for an outdoor classroom, with a dedicated on-site teaching team ready to take your group on an inspiring learning adventure.

We offer visits for all educational organisations and cater for different ages, abilities and learning needs. All education sessions are linked to the curriculum. Head over to our website to find out more about learning at Kew.

Pricing

https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/school-visits/prices

Opening Times

Opening and closing times are seasonal and vary throughout the year.
Check the latest opening and closing times here: https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/visit-kew-gardens/opening-and-closing-times

Contact

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - Kew Gardens
Kew Green
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 3AE
LOtC

Reviews

The following reviews have been added by visit leaders using the EVOLVE system.
Overview
4.7
94 reviews


Excellent
 
79%

Very Good
 
17%

Average
 
2%

Poor
 
2%

Awful
 
0%

September 2022 - Primary School




August 2022 - Primary School & Secondary School




August 2022 - Primary School




August 2022 - Primary School




July 2022 - Primary School




July 2022
The venue is always beautifully maintained and well organised. The teaching staff that lead the education sessions are knowledgeable and very friendly. A wonderful experience for the children.



July 2022 - Primary School
Very well organised. Outdoor day, lots of fresh air. Very relevant for Year 1 children. Easy in terms of drop off and pick up.



June 2022 - Primary School




June 2022 - Primary School




June 2022 - Primary School




March 2022 - Primary School
Amazing school trip! Would definitely visit again.



March 2022 - Secondary School




March 2022 - Secondary School
Great fieldwork venue.



March 2022 - Primary School
Fantastic houses and plants within them! Friendly staff and the children thoroughly enjoyed the day.



September 2021 - Secondary School




July 2021 - Secondary School
Staff were responsive and very helpful. The venue is also a great educational place.



March 2020 - Primary School




March 2020 - Primary School




February 2020 - Secondary School




February 2020 - Primary School




January 2020 - Primary School




January 2020 - Secondary School
Shame that no prior notification was given the the lift to the tree top walkway was not in use. This disadvantaged a student who is only able to be mobile with the use of an automatic wheelchair. The education team were contacted by the school prior to the visit to check accessibility. No knowledge of the broken lift was given, yet on the ground the staff on Kew Gardens site informed us that the lift hap been broken for months. This was something that disappointed the child and the SEN teacher. However, Kew Gardens staff on the site did give the student an age appropriate book from the gift shop. However, the Education team at Kew did not apologise they just referred us to their small print. This was a shame, hence three stars this time.We will continue to use the venue for future trips as it is highly appropriate to our curriculum.



December 2019 - Primary School




December 2019 - Primary School
A fabulous and informative day! The Kew teachers were very knowledgeable and engaging.



December 2019 - Primary School & Secondary School
Superb environment offering unique experiences.



November 2019 - Secondary School
An excellent visit. The exhibition of work by dale Chihuly was inspirational. All facilities at Kew are of a high standard and staff are friendly and helpful.



October 2019 - Secondary School




October 2019 - Secondary School




October 2019 - Secondary School
Absolutely great. Self led tours by staff. Staff were accommodating with the exhibition that was only 5 in at a time as they let in 6. Students were interested in the gardens and sculpture and explored the surroundings thoroughly with their cameras.



October 2019 - Secondary School
A great location for a school trip. Can accommodate large numbers. met at gate by employees who take all your details to speed up the registration



October 2019 - Secondary School
The day went smoothly and the organisation was excellent. All information was helpful and accurate. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day.



October 2019 - Secondary School
Staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the sessions were well planned out.



October 2019 - Primary School




September 2019 - Primary School
Tate Britain, not Kew Gardens! It is a great venue because reasonably quiet, particularly in the morning.



September 2019 - Secondary School




September 2019
Kew Gardens did not have a water fountain and so students had to buy water!



September 2019 - Secondary School
Met all our requirements



July 2019 - Primary School




June 2019 - Secondary School
Fantastic day had by all. Students were surrounded with resources and produced a range of successful drawings from the day.



June 2019 - Secondary School
Due to the excellent exhibition of glass sculptures, it was a suitable Art trip for year 9s who have been studying sculpture. It is hoped that they might take inspiration from this outing to use in future GCSE work.



June 2019 - Secondary School
Fantastic venue, much enjoyed by all the students.



June 2019 - Primary School




June 2019 - Primary School
Amazing hands on learning about bee pollination, one of the best school trips we have been on for the level of interest and learning for the children.



June 2019 - Primary School
Linked to habitats and biomes. Science and Humanities. The workshop was well pitched and reinforced classwork. Travel time is the only drawback.



June 2019 - Primary School




June 2019 - Primary School




June 2019 - Primary School




June 2019 - Primary School
Excellent day out for schools



June 2019 - Secondary School
We love visiting Kew Gardens and its a great location for purpose of microclimates. This year we had a mix up with the Kew staff regarding level of supervision-- this is something that has not come up in the past. We organise our pupils and give them a bit of space to explore, whilst taking regular registers, providing them with maps and out of bounds areas and allowing them to complete fieldwork within that time. Its put a damper on the visit that the Kew constabulary requires us to hand hold our students (this was the case with the KS1 pupils at Kew) so its made the visit a bit less special. I explained that we had been visiting Kew for years and this had never come up and even the first day of the trip it was no issue with Kew staff. We were applauded for how well behaved our pupils were in fact. Seems like its different staff members interpretation and we will need to reconsider our plan for the day in future visits. There were no incidences or poor behaviour to report.



June 2019 - Secondary School
We love visiting Kew Gardens and its a great location for purpose of microclimates. This year we had a mix up with the Kew staff regarding level of supervision-- this is something that has not come up in the past. We organise our pupils and give them a bit of space to explore, whilst taking regular registers, providing them with maps and out of bounds areas and allowing them to complete fieldwork within that time. Its put a damper on the visit that the Kew constabulary requires us to hand hold our students (this was the case with the KS1 pupils at Kew) so its made the visit a bit less special. I explained that we had been visiting Kew for years and this had never come up and even the first day of the trip it was no issue with Kew staff. We were applauded for how well behaved our pupils were in fact. Seems like its different staff members interpretation and we will need to reconsider our plan for the day in future visits. There were no incidences or poor behaviour to report.



June 2019 - Secondary School




May 2019 - Primary School
The workshop was a good way of seeing and experiencing things that could otherwise be missed.



May 2019 - Primary School
Great space with plenty of activities offered by knowledgeable staff



May 2019 - Primary School




May 2019 - Secondary School




May 2019 - Primary School
Great workshop, the children were engaged and learnt a lot about the rainforest.



April 2019 - Primary School
Kew Gardens was a fantastic place to visit - lots to see and look at in relation to our plants/flowers/trees topic! We also did a workshop that the children really enjoyed. The member of staff leading it was very enthusiastic and excellent with the children. One thing that we did consider was that the workshop only covered the curriculum - so we had already taught it in school, whereas we expected it to be 'Amazing Plants' where we might've seen some more unusual things.



March 2019 - Primary School
It was great, all of the girls really enjoyed learning and experiencing different climates and plant life.



March 2019 - Primary School
Despite dreadful weather, the visit to Kew was brilliant. The children were fully engaged in the educational session and the hands on, practical element of this was fabulous!



March 2019 - Primary School




March 2019 - Secondary School




February 2019 - Primary School




December 2018 - Secondary School




December 2018 - Primary School




December 2018 - Secondary School




December 2018 - Secondary School
Well organised microclimate studies using a variety of equipment and assessing validity of results Following the 'led sessions' students had ample time to enjoy the beauty of the gardens, completing a SHHS staff devised 'treasure hunt task' including visits to monuments and greenhouses



November 2018 - Secondary School
Great venue- especially if the weather is good (like it was on our trip- despite it being in November!)



November 2018 - Secondary School




November 2018 - Secondary School




November 2018 - Secondary School




October 2018 - Secondary School




October 2018 - Primary School




October 2018 - Secondary School
All students enjoyed the day and got a lot out of the different experiences that Kew has to offer. Kews lunch room was locked when we got there which was a shame as it was pre booked. Other than that a successful day.



October 2018 - Secondary School




September 2018 - Primary School




September 2018 - Primary School
An excellent experience for my class who were learning about the rainforest. Teaching sessions were engaging and informative.



September 2018 - Secondary School




August 2018 - Primary School




July 2018 - Primary School




July 2018 - Primary School
Fantastic site with knowledgeable staff



June 2018 - Primary School




June 2018 - Secondary School
Helpful staff who smoothly got us through the entrance very easily and efficiently.



June 2018 - Primary School




June 2018 - Primary School
A very informative and engaging trip for the children - the adult guides were great at accommodating all of our needs.



June 2018 - Secondary School
Had another lovely visit to Kew Gardens, enriched learning and experiences of biomes for year 7.



May 2018 - Primary School




May 2018




May 2018 - Primary School
Great venue for a trip. Safe, lots of under cover space if it rains. The school groups lunch rooms are spacious and well managed.



May 2018 - Primary School
Jane was a fantastic guide.



April 2018 - Primary School
Good time of year to visit. Well pitched and engaging. We left too late. Need to be heading back earlier next time. As soon as the session finish.



February 2018 - Secondary School




January 2018 - Primary School
A fantastic trip, beautiful grounds. The workshop - comparing desert and rain forest plants was perfect for our topic - going wild. The Kew teacher leading the workshop was brilliant, taught us loads!



January 2018 - Secondary School




January 2018 - Secondary School