Embark on a twinkling trail to Christmas at Kew Gardens. As night falls, the Kew Gardens Christmas lights transform the area into a radiant wonderland. Each turn reveals a captivating light installation, adding seasonal magic to your stroll.
How to get to Kew Gardens at Christmas
If you're already in London, the clear choice of Underground station is Kew Gardens. It is the easiest Underground station to travel to Christmas at Kew, featuring connections to both the District and Overground lines.
Once you arrive at Kew Bridge Station, exit, turn left, and follow along Kew Bridge Road. After a short, 10-minute walk, you will arrive at the Kew Gardens' Victoria Gate entrance.
You'll want to first travel into London Euston with Avanti West Coast. Then head down to its Underground platforms and take the Victoria line to Victoria station.
Once at Victoria, take the next District line service to Kew Gardens station. Getting to the gardens will only take a 5 minute walk.
For those who prefer driving, there are specific parking options available around Kew Gardens. However, the parking is very limited and there's a likelihood you won't find a spot.
If you're arriving very early, you are more likely to get a car parking spot but there are no guarantees.
What to do at Christmas at Kew Gardens
Amid the twinkling lights, discover Kew’s enchanting winter plants. Blooms emerge, complementing the glowing surroundings. They add natural splendour to the festive setting.
Indulge in the essence of Christmas with festive treats. Savour rich mince pies, artisanal hot chocolate, and the spiced aroma of mulled wine.
Let classic carols guide you through the gardens as choirs and musicians perform along the trail. Their melodies will bring a festive warmth to the winter's night.
At the centre of the gardens, you will find the model village. Like the rest of the gardens, these intricate miniatures will be lit up. Put together with great care, this display of delicate lighting is sure to captivate children and adults alike.
The soft hues and golden glows of Christmas at Kew will give you plenty of opportunities to capture idyllic and sentimental photos. But when your hands start to feel the cold, it'll be time to head to a cosy, heated marquee.
Here you can wrap your hands around a mulled wine, coffee, or tea to restore some warmth before you continue your exploration of the gardens.
If you want to enjoy a complete evening of your Kew Gardens Christmas visit, consider booking a table at The Botanical. This on-site restaurant has a special Christmas menu that includes a delicious turkey roast and plum pudding.
There are also plenty of other food options if you don't have the time or stomach to indulge in a full-course meal. If you'd prefer to enjoy something more casual, there are many food stalls for you to try instead.
About Christmas at Kew
Christmas at Kew, an annual event at the renowned Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has become a cherished tradition for many. Introduced in 2013, it marries the festive season with the natural beauty of the gardens.
Beautiful art installations greet visitors every winter, and they change each year. This ensures a unique journey through the gardens with every visit.
Kew Gardens, renowned for botanical science and conservation, has built a long history of over 260 years. Christmas at Kew is a relatively new addition to London's festive scene, yet it’s one that has grown in increasing popularity.
Ways to save on your train ticket to Christmas at Kew
Start by booking your train tickets in advance. It’s one of the easiest ways to cut down on travel costs. Travelling during Off-Peak hours can also lead to lower fares, so consider adjusting your schedule if possible.
If the whole family is coming along, a Family Ticket is guaranteed to save you money.
This group ticket can lead to significant savings, compared to purchasing individual tickets. Plus, children under five travel free when accompanied by an adult, offering an added bonus for families.
Remember to consider the savings of a Railcard. Regular train travellers can discover incredible value, as these cards save you a third on fares. This isn't just for your Kew Gardens visit, either, but for all future journeys.
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