Royal Botanic Kew Gardens’ iconic greenhouses will be open for visitors from 4 July, it has been announced.
The glasshouses have been kept closed following government guidance around the coronavirus restrictions. The Palm House, Temperate House, Princess of Wales Conservatory and the Waterlily House will all be opening.
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Wakehurst in Sussex will also be reopening some of its structures on that date, with the Millennium Seed Bank reopening with its exhibition Surviving or Thriving.
There will be limited routes and one-way systems in place to ensure social distancing continues.
Gradual reopening will continue throughout the month of July and restaurants and cafes will be open at both sites. The Children’s Garden and art galleries will not be opening yet, but will follow in due course.
Kew is ensuring that all visitors pre-book timed entry slots to the gardens, toilets will undergo cleaning throughout the day and there will be handwashing stations at each gate and key locations.
Richard Barley, director of horticulture, learning and operations at Kew said: “We are delighted that after a smooth reopening of the outdoor spaces on June 1st, we can now offer the full RBG Kew experience to our visitors and members as government guidance allows us to safely reopen our beautiful glasshouses and other indoor spaces.”