Autumn in Kew Gardens London

Autumn Foliage at Kew Gardens

With over 14,000 trees from around the world, Kew Gardens is a wonderful place to enjoy nature year-round and one of the best places in London to see the changing autumn leaves. In this post, I’ll share photos from our autumn visits through the years and several of the best spots to enjoy autumn in Kew Gardens.

Autumn Walk at Kew Gardens

Autumn in Kew Gardens Arboretum

The Arboretum stretches across two-thirds of the Gardens, and is home to 14,000 trees representing more than 2,000 species, including rare and ancient varieties.

Autumn Foliage at Kew Gardens

Autumn in Kew Gardens is a spectacular display of vibrant reds, yellows and oranges. The vast collection contains trees as old as the Gardens, which date back to the earth 18th century and many of the trees in the Arboretum cannot be found anywhere else in Britain.

Autumn Foliage at Kew Gardens

I’ll be posting more photos when I visit this autumn 2021. Keep reading for some of the best spots to see autumn colours and where to find the Kew Gardens pumpkin display.

Fall foliage Kew gardens London

Temple of Bellona

One of the best spots to see autumn leaves in Kew Gardens is by the Temple of Bellona in front of the Victoria gate. The stunning American smoketree frames the temple with vibrant autumn colours.

Treetop Walkway

The Treetop Walkway is a 18-meter high, 200 meter long walkway that stands in the Arboretum and is one of the best spots to take in the autumn colours, offering a bird’s eye view of the Gardens from the tree canopy.

Treetop Walkway at Kew Gardens

There are 118 steps up to the walkway, and once you’re at the treetops, you’ll be passing through branches of the sweet chestnut, beech, horse chestnut and different oak species that border the Treetop Walkway.

View from Treetop Walkway at Kew Gardens

View from Treetop Walkway at Kew Gardens

The Treetop Walkway was designed by Marks Barfield Architects, who also designed the London Eye, and it is supported by rusted steel columns that blend in with the natural environment.

Treetop Walkway at Kew Gardens

Kitchen Gardens

Another great spot to visit during autumn in Kew Gardens is the Kitchen Garden, where edible plants are grown to learn more about producing healthy and sustainable food. It’s a pleasure to visit throughout summer and autumn to see the fruits and vegetables growing on the plants and then harvested.

Pumpkin patch at Kew Gardens London

Kew Gardens grow different varieties of common fruits and vegetables, from carrots and apples to pumpkins and chili peppers. They also grow heritage varieties and experiment with more unusual crops. Stop by the Kitchen Gardens during October to see the different varieties of pumpkins and squash in their display.

Pumpkins at Kew Gardens

The Lake and Sackler Crossing

The area by the Lake and Sackler Crossing is another beautiful spot in Kew Gardens to enjoy the autumn colours. The Lake at Kew Gardens covers five acres of water, studded with four islands that provide vibrant colours. This is a beautiful spot to take reflection shots!

Kew Gardens London Autumn

Particularly stunning in autumn, Chinese tupelo trees (Nyssa sinensis) turn deep red, while black tupelo trees (N. sylvatica) glow red, orange and yellow.

The Sackler Crossing was installed in 2006 and is a black granite walkway leading you over the water along a curving path that mimics the Lake’s rounded banks.

Autumn Foliage at Kew Gardens

Autumn trees Kew gardens

Kew Gardens October 2021 Events

Japan Festival

Explore the fascinating plants, art and culture of Japan this autumn at Kew. Opening on 2 October, the brand-new Japan festival will delight your senses, with an autumnal Momijigari Trail, stunning artistic displays and mesmerising soundscapes by Japanese artists. Chiharu Shiota’s One Thousand Springs will be shown in the Temperate House – an intricate construction of 5,000 haikus suspended in a web of red threads.


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On weekends, watch incredible performances by Japanese busker ICHI, with his combination of quirky instruments, and London-based Japanese calligrapher KASHUŪ. There are also after hours events on the 8, 9, 15 and 16 October, featuring dance theatre, live music performances, traditional flower arranging and sake sipping

Gruffalo’s Child Trail

16 to 31 October 2021. Entry included in ticket admission

Join the Gruffalo’s Child this October half-term and follow the enchanting trail around Kew Gardens, with fun surprises that will take you on a magical adventure through the deep dark wood. Along the way you’ll meet familiar beloved characters from author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s book, including Fox, Owl, Snake, the Gruffalo, the Gruffalo’s Child and of course, the Big Bad Mouse.

Autumn in Kew Gardens London

Kew Gardens is one of the best places in London to enjoy autumn walks and see the changing of the leaves. With over 14,000 trees spread out over the Gardens, there is plenty to explore when visiting Kew Gardens. I hope you’ve found this guide helpful for finding where to go when visiting Kew Gardens in autumn.

Autumn Foliage at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens by Season

Since there is always something new and unique to see throughout the year, I have been sharing advice on what to do and where to go when visiting Kew Gardens by season. Read on for more photos and information on visiting Kew Gardens at other times of the year;

Kew Gardens Orchid Festival

Spring in Kew Gardens

Summer in Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens Address

Address: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW8 3AB

2023 Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 6pm (last entry 5pm) until 31 March; 10am* to 7pm, 1 – 30 April (*open at 11am on 1 – 2 April).

Between 1 May – 31 August, Kew Gardens is open later on weekends and bank holidays. 10am to 7pm (last entry 6pm) on Monday to Friday; 10am to 8pm (last entry 7pm) on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.

From 1 September, the opening times are the same throughout the week. 10am to 7pm (last entry 6pm) 1 – 30 September; 10am to 6pm (last entry 5pm) 1 – 28 October; 10am to 4pm (last entry 3pm) 29 October – 13 November; 10am to 3pm (last entry 2pm) 14 November – 7 January 2024.

Kew Gardens is closed on 24 and 25 December.

Tickets: Peak (1 February – 31 October) Standard tickets paid at the door are £21.50 for Adults, £9 for Young person and students (16 to 29 years old) and £5 for children (4 to 15 years old). Children under 4 years go free.

Tickets purchased online are cheaper for Young Person / Student (£8.50) and Adult (£17.00). You can pay an optional 10% donation which goes towards Kew Gardens’ conservation work. By agreeing to pay the donation, Kew Gardens can claim Gift Aid on the full ticket price if you are UK tax payer.

Closest Tube Station: Kew Gardens [District – Richmond brand and Overground services]

Parking: There is limited Ringgo parking around Kew Green (make sure to check for permit parking spots). Parking costs £7.00 for the day at the Kew Gardens Brentford Gate car park (TW8 3AF) which is accessed by Ferry Lane, a narrow turning off Kew Green.

Good to Know

You can plan your visit to Kew Gardens with the comprehensive map on their website, which includes tick-boxes for selecting which attractions you would like to view on the map, such as “for kids”, “facilities” and “eat and drink”.

Kew Gardens offer plenty of interactive activities for children to get involved, learn and enjoy the outdoors. There’s a lot to explore, from the bee gardens, to the log trail, to the marine aquarium located in the Palm House.

Right next to the two play areas, you’ll find the White Peaks Café and Shop which has a salad bar and serves kid’s boxes, gourmet sandwiches, ice cream.

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