Kew is London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site offering unique landscapes and iconic architecture from every stage of the Gardens’ history. Their collection of living plants is the largest and most diverse in the world, growing outside in the Gardens and inside the glasshouses. These Gardens cover more than 300 acres and within them are many buildings such as the Palm House, Temperate House and, of course, Kew Palace and the Royal Kitchens.
In addition to all that Kew has to offer there will be wonderful exhibition of glass sculptures distributed throughout the grounds. These are the work of Dale Chihuly who most people will know from the huge chandelier hanging in the Rotunda at the V&A Museum.
On arrival we will have a brief welcome talk on the coach before exploring the grounds at our leisure. The price includes a ticket for the Kew Explorer which is a hop on/hop off land train, giving you the freedom to pursue your own interests. The complete train trip, on which there is a commentary, takes about fifty minutes and stops are near all the main attractions.
You can either take your own picnic or visit one of several cafes and restaurants within Kew.
We plan to leave about 4.30pm.
Leaders: Sue Willis (07973 507338) and Sheila Knight (07811 085917)
Please use these numbers only in an emergency on the day of the trip.
PLEASE NOTE COACH DEPARTURE TIMES
9.10am Dorking Halls
9.15am Opposite Waitrose
9.20am Bus Stop near Knoll Road