Spring in Kew Gardens London

Spring at Kew Gardens

With landscape gardens, woodlands, glasshouses, historic buildings and more spread out across 300 acres, Kew Gardens is one of the top places to visit during spring in London. There is plenty to see and do at this top London attraction, and in this post, you will find more details about spring in Kew Gardens London.

Magnolia Kew Gardens London

Related: Best Places to See Spring Flowers in London


One of the first signs of spring are the beautiful carpets of bright yellow daffodils in London parks and gardens from late February to early March.

“In the UK, daffodils are sometimes called lent lilies as they often bloom between Ash Wednesday and Easter.”

Spring at Kew Gardens Daffodils

During spring in Kew Gardens, daffodils can be seen along the Great Broad Walk Borders, surrounding the Temple of Aeolus and in the Natural Area.


With over 250 magnolias across the Gardens, Kew is one of the best places in London to see these stunning star-like flowers. During early spring, look for the Magnolia Grove, off Princess Walk and near the Children’s Garden, for a spectacular display of magnolias in bloom.

Magnolia Trees at Kew Gardens, London

Many of the magnolias at Kew Gardens date back to the early 1900s. The Magnolia campbellii, or ‘pink tulip tree’ is one of the first magnolia trees to bloom between February and March.

Magnolia Grove Kew Gardens London

You can also see mass flowering of magnolia near the Orangery. Across from the Hive and at Elizabeth Gate are also beautiful spots to see magnolias.

Magnolia Kew Gardens Spring in London

Cherry Blossoms

Another highlight during spring in Kew Gardens London is seeing the beautiful blossom trees in bloom through the Gardens between April and May.

Spring at Kew Gardens London

The cherry blossom are considered the national flower of Japan. They symbolise life, hope and good health.

Spring at Kew Gardens London

The best displays of cherry blossoms at Kew Gardens are along the Cherry Walk that runs from the Rose Garden behind the Palm House to the Temperate House. The Cherry Walk consists of over 30 cherry trees of many varieties, including the delicate Prunus ‘Hokusai’.

Cherry Walk Kew Gardens

Visit the Japanese Landscape garden to see a variety of beautiful blossom trees, including a great white cherry (Prunus ‘Taihaku) next to the Gateway.

Cherry Blossom Japanese Landscape Kew Gardens


Kew Gardens is also one of the top places in London to see bluebell woods, with the best time to see the magnificent bluebells being from mid-April to May. Head to the Natural Area to see the bluebell woods surrounding Queen Charlotte’s Cottage.

Spring at Kew Gardens London

The Natural Area at Kew is home to one of London’s finest bluebell woods, part of which is over 300 years old.

Spring at Kew Gardens


Another highlight during spring at Kew is seeing the colourful rhododendrons in bloom at the Rhododendron Dell.

Rhododendron Dell at Kew Gardens

Sir Joseph Hooker brought back many new specimens of rhododendron from his travels to the Himalaya in the mid-19th century. Several were planted at the Kew Gardens Rhododendron Dell, including some unique hybrids found nowhere else in the world.

Rhododendron Dell Kew Gardens London


Look out for fantastic tulip displays at Kew Gardens in April and May. The best displays are in the flower beds in front of the Palm House (shown below) and the Broad Walk Borders.

Spring at Kew Gardens London

“Although they are often thought to come from the Netherlands, many tulip species originate from Central Asia where they grew wild.”

More tulip displays can be found throughout the Gardens in springtime and change from year to year.

Spring Tulips Kew Gardens London

In previous years, there have been some wonderful displays near Elizabeth Gate, in front of the Princess of Wales’s Conservatory, in front of the Waterlily House and in the Children’s Garden.

Spring in Kew Gardens Tulips

What’s On at Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens also regularly runs family activities and events for children to get involved, learn and enjoy the outdoors. Find what’s coming up in this part of the spring in Kew Gardens London post.

Kew Orchids Festival

3 February – 3 March 2024

For over 25 years, Kew Gardens has put on the Kew Orchid Festival during February and March, each year celebrating a different country’s biodiversity. This year, the Kew Orchid Festival celebrates the stunning natural beauty, incredible biodiversity and unique wildlife of Madagascar through extraordinary horicultural displays and installations.

Read more: Kew Orchid Festival 2024

Find more inspiration for February family days out in our February half term activities in London round-up post.

Children’s Garden

The Kew Gardens Children’s Garden is a fantastic space based in a natural setting the size of 40 tennis courts, with highlights that include a sandy area with play houses and small slides for little ones, tall “worm-hole” tubes to slide down, an area with trampolines and wooden climbing frames.

Children's Garden Kew Gardens

Visiting the Children’s Garden is including in your Kew Gardens ticket, and pre-booking is no longer required. All visitors are welcome to come and go throughout the day until one hour before the Gardens close.

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

Summer in Kew Gardens

Autumn in Kew Gardens

Children’s Garden at Kew 

Spring at Kew Gardens London

Kew Gardens Address

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

Opening Hours: Until 31 January 2024: 10am to 4pm (last entry 3pm); 1 to 29 February 2024: 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm); 1 to 31 March 2024: 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Tickets: Off-peak online prices until 31 January 2024 are £12 weekday (£14 weekend) for adults and £4 weekday (£5 weekend) for children 4+. Free for under 4s.

Peak online prices from 1 February to 31 October 2024 are £20 weekday (£22 weekend) for adults and £4 weekday (£5 weekend) for children 4+. Free for under 4s.

Book your Kew Gardens tickets online in advance for a reduced price. Ticket prices at the gate cost £2 more for adults and £1 more for children than the prices shown above.

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 branch 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.

Food and Drink: There are several restaurants at Kew Gardens, including the Orangery for coffee, cakes and light meals; the Pavilion Bar and Grill serving burgers and Mediterranean dishes; and the Botanical Brasserie for formal dining. Right next to the Children’s Garden, you’ll find the new Family Kitchen & Shop which has a stone-baked pizza oven, salad bar, artisan sandwich station, ice cream servery and more.


This post was updated on 19 January 2024 with up to date visitor information and details on upcoming family events and activities at Kew Gardens.

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