This year we decided to head off to Kew Gardens for their Christmas trail as everyone always goes gaga about them.
When we started off the trail, I was like, hmmm, can’t see what the fuss is all about, but that feeling did not last long.. The show stopper was the light/laser projections and water show at the lake with the Palm House in the backdrop. That definitely had a WOW factor!
The trail is divided into different sections, with each section having a well-lit board showing the name of the piece as well as the designer. Each section has its own chritstmasy music which adds to the magical experience. I can not possibly review all but we loved the fire garden, the neon coloured rope display and the Christmas Cathedral. Another dazzling attraction is the ‘Spheric’, a dome installation set on the bridge that creates a mirrored illusion over a little lake, thanks to the numerous LED lights that change colours with upbeat music
There is a part of the trail where benches are surrounded by fairy lights and a mistletoe above, giving your date an excuse to kiss you under the mistletoe, so if you are looking for a romantic touch, there’s opportunity for that too
There is small fairground as well- Rides include Vintage Carousel, Helter Skelter, Swingboats and a Car and Train ride exclusively for smaller children .Tokens are available for £3 each on the night or for pre-booking to collect on the night at 6 tokens for £15. Santa is also around the corner here but there was a long queue for selfies, so we skipped that bit.
There are multiple cabins dotted on the trail for hot drinks such as mulled wine or hot chocolate, which is often a good relief from the cold of the night. There is also a Food Village located next to the fairground where you can buy Indian street food, toasties, jerk chicken and burgers.
The trail is approximately 2.6km long and is advertised to last about 75 minutes to walk. We walked around for a bit longer than that, so be prepared and dress for the weather
🗺 Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE
🎟 Wednesday 17 November – Sunday 9 January 2022
Entry fee applies and Pre-booking essential. Book tickets
Standard advance adult: Off peak £21.50/ Peak £26.50
🚘Parking is now strictly prohibited along Kew Road and limited spaces are available at the time of booking (for additional price). We booked National Archives car park, which was meant to be approximate 11-minute walk from Victoria Gate and 25-minute walk from Lion Gate. Now just before going I realised it falls in the ULEZ zone and it will cost us 12£ more. So we skipped going inside the circular road and found a parking place around Stanmore road which is controlled zone until 4.30 PM and was about 10 minutes walk to the nearest station
🚻 There are accessible toilets at Victoria Plaza, Pavilion Bar and Grill and Brentford Gate
🍕 Refreshments available
🦽Buggy accessible mostly but some terrain could be bumpy and challenging during wet weather.
🐕 Registered disability assistance dogs are allowed, other dogs are not allowed.
Here is all you need to know Christmas at Kew
The most difficult question… is Kew Gardens better or Blenheim.
They are both expensive but they both have their own pluses. Blenheim also has a themed indoor display which Kew Gardens doesn’t but the indoor trail is not included in the price of the ticket (and is charged separately), so purely on the basis of the trail, Kew Gardens is better and it is the laser show around the lake makes that decision for me (even though I love Blenheim). There used to be a waterfall display in the Blenheim trail, which was closed due to refurbishment this year, but hopefully they can come back with a bang next year! Having said that, Blenheim has a Christmas market as well which is free with the ticketsIf you think something needs updating on this post, please contact us HERE