Kew Palace London

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Kew Palace London
Royal Botanic Gardens,
TW9 3AB London

Venue information

Kew Palace is a British Royal Palace in Kew Gardens on the banks of the Thames up river from London. There have been at least four Palaces at Kew, and three have been known as Kew Palace; the first building may not have been known as Kew as no records survive other than the words of another courtier. One survives and is open to visitors. It is cared for by an independent charity, Historic Royal Palaces, which receives no funding from the Government or the Crown.

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Address: Kew Palace
Royal Botanic Gardens, TW9 3AB London
Public transport
By London Underground

Nearest Station: Use District Line to Kew Gardens station (take the Richmond train). The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is a 5-minute walk from the station. Exit through the parade of shops and follow the directional signage to the gardens.

By Train

South West Trains to Kew Bridge station or Silverlink Train Services to Kew Gardens station. The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is a 10-minute walk from Kew Bridge station. Cross over the bridge and the gardens are located ahead on the right-hand side. From Kew Gardens station, see above.

Rail or Tube travellers from central London who have mobility difficulties will find it easiest to go first to Richmond Station then change to a train or Tube going back to Kew Gardens; by doing this they can avoid the stairs at Kew Gardens Station.

By Bus

Bus routes: 65, 237, 267 (summer Sundays only) and 391.

By Bicycle

Bicycle racks are located just inside the Victoria Gate and outside the Main Gate (near the phone box) at Kew Gardens, and they may also be fastened to railings in Brentford Gate car park. Bicycles, like cars, are always left at owner's risk, and are not permitted in the Gardens.

By Riverboat

Riverboats run in the summer from Westminster, Richmond upon Thames and Kingston upon Thames, directly to the gardens. For information on services from Westminster, contact Westminster Passenger Services +44 (0)20 7930 2062 and for services from Richmond and Kingston, contact Turks Launches on +44 (0)20 8546 2434.

By road
By Car or Coach

The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is located on Kew Road just over Kew Bridge and is well signposted from all the major local roads.

The South Circular (A205) passes the north-east corner of Kew Gardens and Kew Road (A307) forms the eastern border. If coming from the west on the M4 (leave at Junction 2) or A4 take the A205 to the right (at the major Chiswick roundabout (A4 / A406 / A205 ) and follow the A205 across the River Thames at Kew Bridge.

If coming from the North Circular or from London on the A4 take the A205 southwards at the same roundabout. Immediately over the bridge turn right into Kew Green and park on the roadside in a permitted place or head into our car park accessed via Ferry Lane on the river side of Kew Green. If you miss the turnings or parking is difficult, continue to the next traffic lights on the A205 and fork right onto the A307 - then park (from about 500m onwards, after 10 am) on the right-hand side of the road.

Coming from the south or west on the A316 or M3 motorway (which becomes the A316) turn left at the Richmond roundabout onto Kew Road (A307). You will see the Pagoda and flagpole to your left - park in a permitted place, alongside the Gardens, on Kew Road.

Coming from the south on the South Circular Road you will pass Kew Retail Park and go under a railway bridge. Shortly afterwards, you will arrive at traffic lights where the A307 joins from the left, go slowly through the junction and immediately turn left into Kew Green (NOT back left into the A307 - it is a "no left turn" junction!).


Parking for Cars

There is a car park near the Brentford Gate, reached via Ferry Lane off Kew Green near the Main Gate. parking is limited to 300 cars and is at a cost of £4.50 for a full day throughout the year. The car park closes half an hour after the Gardens close so is only suitable for day visitors.

Several dedicated parking bays are available for disabled drivers, for whom parking is free at all times. There are three further disabled parking bays adjacent to Main Gate on Kew Green.

Free parking is available on Kew Road (A307) after 10 am every morning. This provides easy access to our principal entrance at Victoria Gate. Please bear in-mind, this can get congested at peak times, so it may be easier to come via public transport.

Please note that restrictions apply on many of the residential streets around Kew.

Parking restrictions were revised and extended in July 2005.


Visitors With Mobility Needs

There is access to all three floors using the staff operated lift. There is a toilet at the nearby Welcome Centre. Manual wheelchairs are available for use within the palace. Chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis.

Visitors with disabilities are admitted at a concessionary rate and their companion is given free entry. Please notify the admissions staff when purchasing your tickets. There is limited disabled parking on Kew Green near the main gate and at Brentford Gate car park. Electric wheelchairs may be pre booked on a first come first served basis. See RBGK website

Assistance dogs are allowed.

Visitor information in British Sign Language

For information on access, admission tickets, getting to Kew Palace, opening times and events at the palace, please contact the venue directly.