A June jaunt to Richmond

Venue: Kew Gardens and Strawberry Hill House & Garden, Richmond, London
Date: 30 Jun 2018

Strawberry Hill House, VisitRichmond

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Discover Kew Gardens and Strawberry Hill House & Garden on June’s Reader Club trip to the London borough of Richmond upon Thames.

VisitRichmond, Kew Gardens and Strawberry Hill House & Garden have partnered with Group Leisure & Travel Magazine to offer a Reader Club trip that discovers two of Richmond’s most impressive landmarks. Just 20 minutes from central London, Richmond upon Thames is a borough of green spaces and aristocratic connections.

Experience the rich offerings on the trip showcasing the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Strawberry Hill House & Garden.

This familiarisation trip is free and includes:

•    A guided tour and lunch at Strawberry Hill House & Garden

•    Admission to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The restored interiors of Strawberry Hill House.

Pictured: The restored interiors of Strawberry Hill House.

Taking place on Saturday 30th June, your day will begin at Strawberry Hill House & Garden, situated in the leafy London suburbs just off the north bank of the River Thames. The building began life in 1698 as a modest house, and from 1749 was transformed by Horace Walpole (the son of England’s first Prime Minister), to become one of the most important houses in the Gothic revival architectural movement.

Following a £9 million restoration, Strawberry Hill opened to the public in 2010. Guests will be able to explore the award-winning, beautifully restored interiors.

There will be a break for lunch at Strawberry Hill before moving on to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Transport will be arranged by VisitRichmond.

he Temperate House – Kew’s largest glasshouse.

Pictured: The Temperate House – Kew’s largest glasshouse.

Set in 326 acres and home to the world’s most diverse collection of living plants, Kew Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With impressive glasshouses, a soaring tree-top walkway, two art galleries and Kew Palace (the former residence of George III), it offers a varied day out for groups of all ages. 

GTOs will be able to see the Temperate House which reopens its doors this year after a five-year restoration programme. It is Kew’s largest glasshouse, and you’ll be able to see how this iconic, Grade I listed building has been returned to its former architectural and botanical splendour. 

The newly landscaped interior will take visitors on a journey through the temperate zones of Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Pacific, showcasing rare and threatened plants to highlight the vital role that Kew Science plays in plant conservation.

The Palm House at Kew

Pictured: The Palm House at Kew.


Saturday 30th June

10.30am Arrive at Strawberry Hill House & garden for a tea/coffee and welcome

11am Guided tour

12pm Lunch at Strawberry Hill House

1.15pm Depart Strawberry Hill House

1.45/2pm Arrive at Kew Gardens

4pm Depart Kew Gardens

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