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Autumn at Kew Gardens

After the heat of summer, a welcome chill arrives and with it the stunning glow of autumn colour, which slowly spreads across the Gardens turning the greens of summer to the glorious rusts of autumn.

A lovely time of year to visit Kew Gardens, autumn is quieter and cooler, but just as interesting and vibrant. With festivals and exhibitions that run throughout the season, there is always a reason to visit.


Kew's autumn highlights

Quercus rubra in autumn sun at Kew Gardens' arboretum

The Arboretum
Not to be missed, the Arboretum comes into its own in autumn, with its vast and comprehensive collection of beautiful trees each in the midst of seasonal change.


Children playing in autumn leaves at Kew

Autumnal fun
Come on an autumn adventure! Leaves and laughter, conkers and colours provide fun and inspiration for all ages.


The Lake and Sackler Crossing

The Lake and its wildlife
Dragonflies, ducks, geese and swans bring life to the calm lake, as Kingston parakeets fly through the trees above. Stroll along Sackler Crossing, the striking black granite walkway which traverses the lake, close to the water's surface.


Henry Moore reclining mother and child sculpture in grounds of Kew

Henry Moore
Beautiful all year round, this new arrival to the Gardens is particularly striking against the fiery colours of autumn. Find it at the eastern end of the lake.


Hibiscus punaluuensis inside the Palm House

Raining? Don wellies and a brollie to soak up the scents of a rainy day at Kew. There's nothing quite like it. Explore the tropical climate of our glasshouses and finish the day with a well earned coffee and cake at one of our cafes. 

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