Sunday, 18 January 2015

Kew Gardens: the winter edition with kids

Arguably, winter is not the best season to visit Kew Gardens.

The Royal Botanical Gardens in the leafy SW London suburb of Kew 
are a premium destination in spring and summer, 
when one can admire nature blooming in all its colours.

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However, our visit on a cold Sunday 
made us appreciate the wintry version of Kew’s leafless gardens 
in more than one way. 

And proved that Kew Gardens 
are great for a family visit with the little ones.

Here’s why:

Tropical Climate

There’s no better feeling of escaping the crisp January temperatures 
and get transported to tropical climates. 

How? Step inside Kew’s immense glasshouses, 
which house the most varied and precious collection of tropical plants,
ranging from colourful orchids to odd-looking carnivorous plants.

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Treetop walk

Another Kew Gardens attraction not to be missed, 
especially in summer when all the leaves are green. 

The 200 metre long walk is 18 metres above ground 
and offers panoramic views of London 
and a closer look to the high perched realm of treetops.

Marine Life

There are not just plants in Kew. 
Children will be thrilled to discover amazing exotic fish 
in the Princess of Wales conservatory ponds and the marine aquarium. 

The toddler was over the moon 
when he spotted clownfish and a spiky puffer fish!

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Children’s facilities

Much to our surprise, the otherwise impatient toddler 
didn’t get bored at all during our visit to Kew Gardens. 

But even if he did, Kew Gardens are well equipped 
for families with young children: 
there is a playground and the indoor play area ‘Climbers and Creepers’, 
where the little ones can burn some energy 
while learning interesting facts about nature.

Finish off your day with a snack/lunch
at the child-friendly White Peaks cafe,
strategically located near the playgrounds. 
Kew Gardens, winter admission £9.50, children under 16 go free.
Nearest tube: station Kew Gardens Station {District Line}.

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