Kew Gardens was somewhere I discovered fairly recently. Despite living close by, it had taken me five years to visit. Upon realising it does live up to its hype on a springtime walk, I vowed to get the annual pass. Doing so has given me the opportunity to explore the huge expanse of gardens in west London one bit at a time. With my close friend, Gen, over from Singapore, I decided to take her and my youngest, Cheeky, for a stroll to enjoy it’s autumn colours.

Wander Mum at Kew Gardens

We’d come a little late in the season to get the full autumnal effect. Some of the leaves by the Palm House were just about hanging on long enough for me to take a photo on this rather cloudy day.

The Palm House, Kew Gardens, London

I had a bit more luck by the lake where you can see the Temple of Arethusa in the distance.

Kew Gardens in autumn, London

To start with we made a beeline (!) for The Hive – an outdoor installation which aims to educate about bees and their role in pollination as well as the challenges they face.

The lights and sounds made in the Hive are triggered by bee activity in a real beehive at Kew.  Isn’t that amazing?

Unfortunately, the interactive space was closed on the day we went! We had to make do with photographs outside the 17 metre high structure.

The beehive at Kew Gardens, London

There’s always something to discover in Kew Gardens’ 300 acre space. I still haven’t made it to the Giant Badger Sett, the Minka House and Bamboo Garden or Queen Charlotte’s cottage. With a 17-month old in tow, those would have to wait for another day.

Instead, we found the Secluded Garden and, of course, no visit to Kew Gardens with children is complete without a stop at the indoor kids play area, Creepers and Climbers.

Kew Gardens secluded garden, London

There’s something wonderfully relaxing about Kew Gardens. Although the occasional aeroplane rumbles overhead it’s an oasis away from the urban noise of London.

Kew Gardens in autumn, London

A gaggle of geese had set up residence outside Kew Palace. The grand house is the former summer residence of the Royal family. The parents of the future George III started a garden around the palace which gradually grew in size and was the beginning of Kew Gardens as we know today.

Kew Palace, Kew Gardens, London

The building of the greenhouses The Palm House and Temperate House in the mid-1800s made Kew Gardens a centre for scientific research and supplied seed, crops and advice to the developing British Empire.

It’s no wonder then that parts of the gardens evoke a Victorian feel. As my friend and I are former English literature students, the space brought back visions of Austen’s novels to us.

With no handsome gent to link our arm, take us for a walk and ask for our hand in marriage, we decided to have some photo fun instead and do some jumping shots

Kew Gardens jumping shots

I joined in with this effort.

Jumping photo at Kew Gardens

Hilariously, Gen’s dark trousers made it look as though she didn’t have any legs in this one!

Kew Gardens, London

Here was a contemplative shot…

Kew Gardens bench

And one in the rose garden.

Kew Gardens, London

We finally found lots of gorgeous autumn leaves so decided to have a bit of photo fun throwing the leaves up.

Autumn leaves at Kew Gardens

We rounded the afternoon off with a wander around the Palm House where Gen felt a bit closer to home with its balmy temperature and tropical plants inside the greenhouse.

Kew GardensWe had a lot of fun exploring Kew Gardens in autumn and Cheeky seemed to enjoy herself too. Although we got some beautiful red autumnal colours, next year I’ll get there a little earlier in the season.

Visiting Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens opens at 10am. The nearest tube station is Kew Gardens.
Online ticket prices (until 31 January 2018)
Adults £12.75* / £11.50
Children (4–16) £2.50
Children under 4 free
Concessions £11.25* / £10
* Includes a voluntary donation
An annual pass for a family of four costs £79 or £69 if paying by direct debit. 

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36 Comments on Photo Fun At Kew Gardens in Autumn

    • Wander Mum
      November 21, 2017 at 10:34 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Exactly! Really looking forward to seeing it at different times of the year!

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  1. Jenny - TraveLynn Family
    November 21, 2017 at 7:28 am (4 weeks ago)

    What a beautiful oasis in the heart of the city! And fabulous jump shots ladies – I couldn’t help but smile, especially with the ‘no legs’ one 😊 #citytripping

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    • Wander Mum
      November 21, 2017 at 7:52 am (4 weeks ago)

      Thank you! Haha I know, we had a good giggle with that one!

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  2. Wilbur
    November 21, 2017 at 7:29 am (4 weeks ago)

    Looks like you had great fun! A brilliant idea to see the gardens in every season. I have only been twice, Spring (wonderful bluebells) and Summer to see Gypsy Kings. I must go next Autumn! Wilbur #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      November 21, 2017 at 7:51 am (4 weeks ago)

      Yes, you must Wilbur! Definitely worth it!

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    • Wander Mum
      November 21, 2017 at 10:33 pm (4 weeks ago)

      I hadn’t either until recently but it’s worth a visit as an adult!

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    • Wander Mum
      November 21, 2017 at 10:33 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Thanks Tanja.

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  3. Baby Loves Travel
    November 21, 2017 at 9:16 am (4 weeks ago)

    I am the same as you – although I live close by, I have never visited! I regularly run past along the river, I must actually visit one day! #citytripping

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    • Wander Mum
      November 21, 2017 at 10:33 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Oh you must do!!

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    • Wander Mum
      November 21, 2017 at 10:32 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Thanks Corey! Living in the city makes it even more important to go visit some green spaces every now and then.

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    • Wander Mum
      November 29, 2017 at 10:54 pm (2 weeks ago)

      It’s a great place to visit.

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  4. Ruth
    November 22, 2017 at 3:50 am (3 weeks ago)

    This is one crazy, fun post! There is so much cheerfulness going on! Few things beat spending time with a good friend. Love the colors and different spaces inside the gardens. #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      November 29, 2017 at 10:54 pm (2 weeks ago)

      You’re absolutely right! We had a fantastic day. Wonderful to spend time with her!

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    • Wander Mum
      November 29, 2017 at 10:53 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thanks so much for linking up! Great post. Welcome to blogging, best wishes for your journey ahead!

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  5. Hilary
    November 23, 2017 at 3:06 pm (3 weeks ago)

    We love Kew Gardens and have been a few times! Many years ago, on the way to our first visit we stopped to help another family get their stroller up the stairs, we ended up spending two days hanging out, including in the gardens, and have stayed friends ever since! Such a special place for all ages! #citytripping
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    • Wander Mum
      November 23, 2017 at 7:09 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Oh wow! What a wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing! It certainly is a special place!

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    • Wander Mum
      November 29, 2017 at 10:53 pm (2 weeks ago)

      It’s a great London attraction.

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  6. Fiona
    November 25, 2017 at 5:58 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I must be a little like you, I used to live within 5 miles of Kew Gardens when m y older kids were tiny and I don’t think I ever took them. To be fair I think it has changed quite a lot and become must more family friendly in that time. I can see now why you would want an annual pass. The open fields with those trees look so enchanting and I love all your fun photo poses. Gen looks like great company and the gardens sound like the perfect place for you all to visit together.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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    • Wander Mum
      November 29, 2017 at 10:52 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Gen is really good fun – a great day out. Kew Gardens is really family-friendly these days! Lots to do there and the indoor and outdoor playgrounds too!

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  7. Emma Chanagasubbay
    November 26, 2017 at 8:10 am (3 weeks ago)

    I adore Kew Gardens and love visiting at this time of year.
    Your pic with the falling leaves is such fun! #countrykids

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    • Wander Mum
      November 29, 2017 at 10:51 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thank you – it was really fun doing the photos!

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    • Wander Mum
      November 29, 2017 at 10:51 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Hehe – thanks!

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  8. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)
    November 29, 2017 at 2:46 pm (2 weeks ago)

    Kew Gardens looks like a gorgeous place to visit. I’ve never been there despite living reasonably close by. It’s on my list of places to visit at some point though! The autumn colours are so pretty. Love the jumping shots. It certainly looks like you had a fun day out 🙂 #countrykids

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    • Wander Mum
      November 29, 2017 at 10:51 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Oh, you must go at some point Louise!

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  9. Annette, Four Acorns / Quatre graines de chêne
    November 29, 2017 at 6:10 pm (2 weeks ago)

    I remember visiting Kew Gardens on a lovely summer day many, many moons ago, when I lived in London. It seems to have only got better over time. Love the jumping photos, very funny!
    #CountryKids

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    • Wander Mum
      November 29, 2017 at 10:50 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thank you! They were fun to do. There’s more renovation work going on at the moment…so soon it should be ever better!

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  10. Baby ISABELLA
    November 29, 2017 at 11:08 pm (2 weeks ago)

    We’ve always wanted to visit Kew Gardens and see the Palm House in its full glory. Might try to visit in spring x you’ve inspired us! Popping over from #CountryKids

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    • Wander Mum
      December 1, 2017 at 11:04 pm (2 weeks ago)

      I do hope you go. The gardens in Spring are particularly beautiful!

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