Quingo Accessible Attractions: Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

Quingo Scooters are always encouraging users to get out and about to visit interesting or unusual places on their mobility scooters, especially places that you didn’t think were accessible enough. Over our series of blog posts we’ve been sharing with you some extremely accessible attractions to explore on your mobility scooter.

Today we’re heading to south-west London, where you can see the world’s largest collection of living plants and keep every member of your group entertained!

Kew Royal Botanic Garden

The impressive Kew Royal Botanic Gardens are set over 300 acres in the borough of Richmond, around 30 minutes from central London. Any gardeners out there are sure to love this day out, as there are more than 30,000 species of living plants – the largest collection in the world. One of London’s top tourist attractions, it is now on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. When you’ve finished exploring the Gardens there’s also Kew Palace to discover.

The gardens also have lots of history surrounding them. In 1913, the Tea House that sits in the Gardens was burned down by suffragettes Olive Wharry and Lillian Lenton during a series of arson attacks in London. In the Great Storm of 1987, Kew Gardens lost hundreds of trees. You can find out lots more about the Gardens when you visit – perfect for those who love a bit of history!

There’s loads to do at Kew Gardens, and there’s definitely something to suit everyone on your day out.

What’s on?

  • The Wind in the Willows: You’ll definitely get a taste of nostalgia as you discover Kenneth Grahame’s classic story of life on the riverbank. At this incredible outdoor theatre production you’ll get to meet Ratty, Mole, Badger, Otter and the infamous Toad. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Kew Gardens’ lake, the show is packed full of music and laughter for the whole family. You can see the show at 11.30am to 6pm Wednesday to Friday and 11.30am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Bee Urban: At this collection of drop-in sessions you can learn all about the life of a beekeeper and what it’s like to inspect honey. You get to try on the kit, learn the waffle dance and get crafty! This is suitable for the little ones in your group, and there’s no need to book. These sessions take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Georgian Cookery Demonstrations: Love cooking and history? This is the right exhibition for you! Here you can find out what type of food King George III was eating during his time at Kew Palace at these drop-in cookery demonstrations in the Kew Palace Kitchens. The cooks use authentic Georgian recipes and ingredients to replicate the exact dishes served to George III. This runs on various dates up to the 2nd October, exact information can be found on the Kew Gardens website.

 Accessibility

Accessibility around Kew Gardens is excellent, with numerous tarmacked paths and clear signage to the different areas. Most of the buildings in the Gardens have level or ramped access for mobility scooters.

Within easy reach of all the main attractions there are accessible toilet facilities, and their location is clearly marked on the visitor information map. All of the cafes and both shops in the Gardens are fully accessible with level access.

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If you’ve been to visit any great accessible places on your Quingo or would like us to write about a particular place you have visited, we’d be delighted to hear from you! You can email your stories, recommendations and pictures by filling out the contact form on our website and we’ll feature them on our blog.

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