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Illuminating Kew Special 2018

  • The Fire Garden at Kew Gardens ©Jeff Eden, RBG Kew

    The Fire Garden at Kew Gardens ©Jeff Eden, RBG Kew
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, London - Two Turtle Doves in Kew's Fire Garden © Jeff Eden, RBG Kew

    Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, London - Two Turtle Doves in Kew's Fire Garden © Jeff Eden, RBG Kew
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, London - Bloom by Squidsoup © Jeff Eden, RBG Kew

    Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, London - Bloom by Squidsoup © Jeff Eden, RBG Kew
  • Squid Soup illuminations at Kew Gardens ©Jeff Eden, RBG Kew

    Squid Soup illuminations at Kew Gardens ©Jeff Eden, RBG Kew
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, London - Three French Hens in Kew's Fire Garden © Jeff Eden, RBG Kew

    Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, London - Three French Hens in Kew's Fire Garden © Jeff Eden, RBG Kew
  • Temperate house in the snow © Kew Gardens

    Temperate house in the snow © Kew Gardens
  • Hampton Court, Courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces

    Hampton Court, Courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces
  • Hampton Court, London ©hrp.org.uk

    Hampton Court, London ©hrp.org.uk
2 day tour
From £79 per person

Includes entrance to Kew Gardens Illuminations

The magnificent gardens at Kew get a beautiful seasonal makeover once more in 2018, as Christmas at Kew brings illuminations to light up the buildings, trails and planting. The mile-long trail will lead visitors past two huge Christmas trees, a scented garden and all kinds of nature-inspired lights. Santa’s Snowflake Grotto returns and there’ll be a vintage carousel, Christmas gifts and traditional festive nibbles and drinks.


Dates

Late November & December 2018


Suggested itinerary

Day 1

Travel to London and Kew Illuminations

Now in its sixth year, Kew’s 2018 winter trail is a botanical wonderland inspired by the gardens themselves, as the trees, temples and glasshouses of Kew are playfully lit and all aglow.

There’s something for everyone at this festive time of year as the sparkling path winds its way through the world-famous gardens in a magical after dark experience, with brightly coloured laser beams dancing over water, a Tunnel of Lights, scented Fire Garden and fairy-tale avenues of flora. As you make your way around the mile long trail, you’ll be tempted by the aroma of roasting chestnuts, toasting marshmallows, and other traditional fayre.

The trail is very popular and entry is by timed entry ticket. The trail opens at 5pm and closes at 10pm. You can choose from eight session times. Visits are timed at 30-minute intervals from 5pm until 8pm and the last session starts at 8.15pm.

Continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 2

Windsor, The Musical Museum or other area attractions and return home

Enjoy a traditional English breakfast; you then have some free time to explore.  We have lots of suggestions in the area for you.

Take the short drive to Windsor, and maybe a visit to the Castle? The Musical Museum at Kew Bridge offers a guided tour, and organ recital and tea & biscuits.

Feeling sporty? Maybe a visit to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. Take a 90-minute tour of the grounds with a qualified Blue Badge Tour Guide, plus access to Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, including the virtual reality experience and free audio guide for the museum. The London Museum of Water & Steam where you will be amazed by the massive historic engines that pumped Thames water to London’s taps, and follow in the footsteps of Charles Dickens to explore London’s exciting watery past.

Leave London at your leisure to return home.


Featured hotels

We offer a selection of 3 and 4-star hotels in the area, including the Holiday Inn Shepperton,  Novotel Brentford, Hilton Cobham, Hilton Croydon, Jury’s Inn Croydon, Hallmark Croydon, Crowne Plaza Hotel Heathrow and Holiday Inn London M4 J4.


 2 days / 1 night
 Winter Weekends in 2018  from £79.00 per person
 Winter weekends in 2019  Price on request

A single room supplement will apply and this varies between hotels – details on request.

The Christmas Illuminations at Kew commence on the last week of November 2018 and run until 1st January 2019

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All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with a free place for the coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.

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