A Rainy Day at Kew Gardens

 

I’d been wanting to visit Kew Gardens for aaaaaages!

So a good few Saturdays back…WE DID!

The weather forecast for the day- rain.

So, we threw our hair up, grabbed our rain macs and made for the train station!

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An hour and a half, 3 games of Top Trumps and one giant game of Eye Spy later…we arrived!

Entry is usually £16 each, £4 for children over the age of 4 and free for children under.

HOWEVER as we are “Friends of Kew” we are able to visit an unlimited number of times in the year which cost around £100.

First stop- The Great Pagoda

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Designed by Sir William Chambers as a gift for Princess Augusta (the founder of the botanical gardens at Kew, it was completed in 1762 and offers views for miles once you’ve reached the top-253 steps later and 50m high! (you must book a time slot and at an extra charge)

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Palm House

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The Palm House was probably my favourite and was (how I would imagine it would be) like stepping into Jurassic Park!
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Honestly, my pictures DO NOT do it justice, it took my breath away!

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Temperate House

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Filled with all sorts of pretty, Temperate House was like a big secret garden.

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Miya was running around smelling and pointing at everything. She loved it!

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The photo opportunities were never ending!

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The Waterlily House

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The Waterlily House was another of our favourites! It was so fascinating and the giant waterlilies were just amazing!

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Walking from attraction to attraction through acres and acres of beautiful garden

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Pitstop!

We stopped at The Orangery for a break from the rain and some refreshments…

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Rose, raspberry and pistachio cake, some carrot and coriander soup and a soya tea!
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They had so many lovely cakes and savoury bites! We were spoilt for choice.

Back to it…

Kew Palace & Kitchens

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The palace and gardens were small but charming

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Charlottes Cottage

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Donation to enter

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The Hive

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Designed by Wolfgang Buttress
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The Hive is an immersive sound and visual experience, designed to highlight the extraordinary life and activity of bees in a beehive.

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Although Miya loved exploring the gardens with us, there was also plenty to keep her occupied.

Including…

The Dragon Trail

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 The Log Trail

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& plenty more!

Even though it felt like we covered everything we still have plenty on the ‘to do’ list for next time!

In fact speaking of next time- we will be returning for Christmas at Kew and we can’t wait!

20,000 steps later we headed for home and had a cosy evening after a long but lovely day in the rain!

See you at Christmas Kew!

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Thanks for reading and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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