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All year round
The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew are a venerated institution, UNESCO World Heritage Site and internationally renowned as a pioneering centre of botanical research, study and conservation. They are open throughout the year for all to enjoy.
It's thanks to the mother of King George III, back in 1759, that the natural wonders of Kew Gardens are on show for the public to enjoy. A kind-hearted soul, she laid out three-and-a-half hectares of her private estate for educational and scientific purposes.
Kew is, without doubt, a botanist's heaven. Its gardens, greenhouses and laboratories, spread along the banks of the River Thames, offer examples of 90 per cent of the world plant kingdom, ten per cent of the world fauna as well as harbouring 80,000 artefacts of plant origin. All this makes it a very pretty place too.
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