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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Temperate House Kew Gardens

The Temperate House in Kew Gardens, south west London, was opened in 1863 but not fully completed for another 40 years. The largest Victorian glasshouse in the world, the Temperate House in Kew Gardens was designed by Decimus Burton (1800-1881).

Temperate House in Kew Gardens, London

The Temperate House displays African plants, plants from Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the Pacific. Temperature is kept to a minimum 10°C all year round by a boiler.

The 50m-tall Chinese Pagoda, designed by Sir William Chambers, can be seen in the background (left).

Access

Royal Botanic Gardens
Kew
Richmond
Surrey TW9 3AB

Kew Gardens Station is on the District Line of the London Underground.

Leave Kew Gardens Station, walk down Lichfield Road to the Victoria Gate entrance of Kew Gardens.

South West Trains services from Waterloo, via Vauxhall and Clapham Junction, stop at Kew Bridge Station. Alternatively buses #65 and #391 to the Victoria Gate entrance.

Kew opens at 9.30am daily except 24-25 December.

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