|Kew Gardens (Royal Botanical Gardens)|
Kew Road, Kew, Surrey
Nearest Tube: Kew Gardens
These gardens, dating from the at least the 18th century, spread over 300 acres on the south bank of the River Thames. They were originally a pleasure garden, and then became a scientific research centre and these roots(!) can still be seen today.
Kew Gardens are still a globally important scientific research centre, specialising in the identification of plant species and the conservation of endangered plants. There are now a staggering 50,000-odd species of plant grown here.
The gardens originated in the grounds of Kew Palace as a private garden, one of the landscape gardeners who influenced the design of it was the famous Lancelot "Capability" Brown.
The gardens first passed into the grounds of royalty in the 1840s and they have long been a popular tourist attraction. In fact today the London district of Kew has become synonymous with these gardens.
The gardens are open daily from 9.30am, closing time depends on the time of the year. Admission costs around £4.50 for adults. Refreshments are available.
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