Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
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What will students see and do?
Kew Gardens is London’s largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its collection of plants is the most diverse anywhere in the world.
With its world-famous research centre on-site too, it’s the perfect place for school science trips, and ideal for helping students understand the natural world.
Visitors to Kew Gardens can expect to see plants from across the planet and will have the unique opportunity to experience ten of the world’s climatic zones.
There are different greenhouses, each with the right climate for their diverse flora to thrive.
Other exciting aspects about a visit to the garden include an 18-metre-high treetop walk, from which students will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the gardens below.
These are just some of the highlights on offer. You can book a self-led visit or opt for an education session with an expert, who will guide students through the wonders of the science behind Kew with a focus on outdoor learning.
Teaching resources provided
When you book an education session for your students at Kew Gardens, you will be given access to free teaching resources. These include detailed information about what the session you have chosen entails and the exact way it maps to the curriculum.
Students have an assessment after the session: peer discussion and open-ended questioning are used to assess what students have learnt.
If you would like more information about the resources available, contact the team at Kew.
Minimum and maximum group size
The maximum number of pupils that can visit Kew at once is 200, while the upper limit for a group session is 15. If you have a large group, it will be broken down into smaller groups for the education sessions.
Details of risk assessment
It is the responsibility of school leaders to complete a risk assessment prior to visiting, as the needs of each group are different. There is an example risk assessment available on the Kew Gardens website.
You will also need to brief your students before the trip not to partake in risky activities such as climbing trees or going too close to lakes and ponds.
Don't miss our downloadable A-Z guide on completing a risk assessment
There are toilets, first aid facilities, food and water available on-site.
Kew Gardens opens daily at 10am. The recommendation is that you spend at least five hours there. Session timings will be fixed.
The gardens close at different times throughout the year. There are also times that the gardens close for works.
For up-to-date opening times, check the website.
The cost of visiting depends on the size of your group. A trip for a group of up to 35 pupils costs £65. An education session is £35 for a 45-minute session or £70 for 90 minutes.
You can access the booking form to arrange your session online.
You can reach Kew Gardens by road – it’s 20 minutes outside of Central London.
Coach drop-offs are at the Elizabeth Gate on Kew Green. When you book, you will receive a drop-off and pick-up time for your coach or minibus.
Coach parking costs £25 per day. You can pre-book coach parking by calling 020 8940 0397.
Kew Green, Richmond, Surrey
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