The grand reopening of Kew Garden’s Temperate House

It’s been five years since the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world, Temperate House, closed its doors as part of a £41m restoration project. On 5 May 2018 it opens once again – go and check it out!

Since its launch in 1863, Temperate House has been home to some of the world’s rarest and most endangered plants. Prior to the renovations starting in 2013, this incredible glasshouse – designed by the grandly-named Decimus Burton – was home to 500 plants, which is due to increase to a breathtaking 10,000 when it reopens. That’s a lot of foliage.

As well as admiring this magnificent building, visitors will go on an important journey of discovery, learning about the plants Kew has rescued and how the extinction of species can be detrimental to almost all life on earth.

The re-opening of Temperate House is set to be a marvel, so don’t miss it! Entry can be gained when you buy a standard adult priced ticket into Kew Gardens.

Did you know?

  • Temperate House took nearly 40 years to complete and covers 4,880 square metres.
  • During the restoration, 15,000 panes of glass were replaced.
  • Temperate House is home to the South African cycad Encephalartos woodii. Only one specimen of this cycad has been found growing in the wild and now the plant only exists in botanic gardens and private collections.

To find out how you can buy tickets, click here.