'Gardens and a Green - Historic Kew' Guided Walk

  • September 13, 2014 · 1:45 PM
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Come along on Saturday 13th September at either 1:45pm, 2:00pm or 2:15pm for a guided walk around Kew!

We have 3 guides and we will be starting the walk in 15 minute gaps, so please indicate which time/guide you wish to go with when you RSVP.  If you've never attended before, all three guides are extremely good and qualified Blue Badge Guides, so just choose a random time (when you RSVP it may come up as 1:45pm for the time to attend, but just ignore that and just come along at your chosen time).

About the walk
The earliest written reference to Kew is thought to be contained in Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars, as the location where the Roman Army forded the Thames on their first invasion of Britain in 54 BC.

The name Kew is a combination of two words: the Old French kai  (landing place) and Old English hoh (spur of land). The land spur is the bend in the Thames.

The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew are a World Heritage site but Kew has much more to offer. We'll learn of Kew Palace as a royal residence and discover the delights of Kew Green where those who served the palace made their homes.

There's a chance to visit St Anne's Church where royals worshipped and famous artists were buried.  All this plus fantastic riverside views.

Please note, on the guided walk, we will not enter Kew Gardens itself.

The walk is a private walk for the group, we will split into 3 groups and we will be guided by Rachel (1:45pm), Diane Burstein (2:00pm) and Val (2:15pm).  It will last about 2 hours.

Cost for the guided walk is £7 per person for Full Member's of the group and £9 per person for non-Members. (payable on the day).

Afterwards we will head to 'The Botanist' pub at 3-5 Kew Green for a chat over a drink.

If you can't see us outside the station, please call.

Hope to see you there!


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  • mythili

    Much to my dismay I was told that the delivery of furniture would take place around 4pm, so I was forced to cut short my participation of the walk and left not long after it started at the Elizabeth gate of Kew gardens.
    What a mistake! The transport company cancelled delivery and I was understandably annoyed by the outcome. I hope Andrew and Gareth/Maureen or any other sympathetic walk companion will fill me in on the details...?! Robert...?
    I hope someone will take pity on me and respond!

    September 14

    • GARETH

      Sorry Mythili, I noticed you appeared to have left towards end of walk, but did not realise you had missed so much! We saw some interesting houses at north of Kew Green, then walked to river for some local history of families living and working there and of (originally toll) bridge. Mentioned the London Museum of Water and Steam, the tower of which is visible across the river. Walk past some pretty cottages to Kew village pond, and two houses with former artist resident connections.. PRB Arthur Hughes who lived there much of his life and one of my favourite artists, the impressionist Camille Pissaro who lived there briefly..Rachel told us why he made several visits to England.

      September 15

    • mythili

      Thank you so much for sharing the day with me Gareth. I am determined to visit Kew again, it was really interesting to listen to Rachael and to discover the many artists for whom Kew meant so much.

      September 16

  • Robert

    Brilliant walk around Kew!

    September 15

  • Diane U.

    Tried the Maids of Honour pastries on the way out--they were lovely! The tea shop also had the best Earl Grey I've tasted, Drury.

    1 · September 15


    The painting " April Love" by PRB Arthur Hughes is held at Tate Britain, but don't all rush to Pimlico to see it as it is NOT currently on display there! www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/hughes-april-love-n02476

    September 15

  • Ed

    The walks are always good, and this was no exception. Nice weather helps.

    1 · September 14

  • Ameena

    Brilliant day out Robert. Thank you to Val for the wonderful insight and history of Kew. Maid of honour was yummy!! Must try.

    1 · September 13

  • carole b.

    Another brilliant walk

    September 13

  • Susan B.

    I've been to Kew Gardens many times over the years but haven't seen much of the surrounding area. Lovely walk - thanks to Rachel and Robert.

    1 · September 13

  • Mirella S.

    Hey Robert, sorry, I won't be able to make it to the tour on time today.

    September 13

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cannot attend either

    September 13

  • Ros d.

    Cannot attend after all
    Apologies to Robert

    September 13

    • Angie W.

      Neither can I, I'm afraid. I've got a nasty cold coming on, and I wouldn't want to share it with you all. Enjoy the walk.

      September 13

  • A former member
    A former member

    The confirmation email states 8:45 AM to 11:45 AM????

    September 12

  • Lynne W

    Hello Robert, Just to clarify - is it Kew Gardens Underground Stn we are meeting at or Chiswick rail or have I misread your map? thanks

    September 8

    • Angie W.

      I'm also confused as the map link provided is for Balham, not Kew Gardens tube station. And I thought the main entrance was on the west side of the station.

      September 8

    • Robert

      I've corrected the map, we are meeting outside Kew Gardens Station.

      September 8

  • Ros d.

    Main entrance is on the west side!
    For EASTbound trains too
    No contradiction there

    September 8

  • Ivonne

    Hello, I would like to book for 2.15 and to bring a guest. Please can you confirm if this is ok, thank you!

    September 7

  • mythili

    Could I change to 1.45please I have another appointment in the late afternoon/evening.

    September 6

  • Hildegard S.

    Sorry to have to cancel, but just found out that the
    Northern Line is closed, which makes my journey too

    September 6

  • Javier Díez P.


    August 25

  • mythili

    2.15pm for me

    August 19

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