by Carmen Allan-Petale
On the weekend, Dave and I went to Kew Gardens in south-west London. As one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world (it was first created in the 1700s) it feels as though you’re stepping into Victorian times when you visit.
The conservatories in the garden are very much from that era and are somewhat glamorous. It’s a UNESCO heritage-listed site and it’s massive. But there aren’t just the cacti, tropical and Japanese gardens to look at, there’s also aquariums, a treetop walk and many restaurants and cafes.
It’s an oasis in the heart of London. But the photos tell the story a lot better than I can.
What you need to know
Admission: It costs £16 for an adult ticket into the gardens but we went between Christmas and New Year when it was free entry. I’m not sure whether the gardens do this for visitors every year though.
When to go: The gardens are open every day from 9:30am, except for on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I think they’d be beautiful to visit at any time of year, and the conservatories will keep you warm in winter. But I can imagine spring would be extra special, with the flowers in full bloom.
How to get there: The gardens are in south-west London and the nearest tube station is Kew Gardens and train station is Kew Bridge.