Yes, even writing this title I know it sounds ridiculous. A day out in the middle of a pandemic? Crazy! But as restaurants, museums, gardens and local businesses are opening back with social distancing guidance, and I’m not considered vulnerable and live with just my boyfriend who is also considered healthy, I’m making the most of finally being able to get out of our one bed flat and explore the City we’ve been cooped up in for 5 months.
I’m unsure of where else I may visit in the coming weeks/months but I thought of documenting my visit to Kew for those who may want some more info prior to visiting at this time.
Firstly, as you can tell from the first image, masks are required in all of the glasshouses, toilets, cafes, shops and any indoor spaces unless you are exempt.
In the glasshouses the balconies are closed, a one-way system is in place with many of the side paths closed. Also, you will have to queue to get in if visiting during a busy period.
Social distancing is required inside which can be difficult as I felt pressured to move along quickly when the person behind me wanted to walk on, however, the paths are wide enough for those wishing to rush through the glasshouse to pass by.
Timeslots have to be booked prior to entry and you will be expected to queue to get inside on a weekend (we visited on a Saturday).
Closures around the Gardens:
- Climbers and Creepers are permanently closed.
- The Marianne North Gallery and the Shirley Sherwood Gallery are closed.
- The Kew Explorer is not running.
- The Pagoda, Queen Charlotte’s Cottage and the Royal Palaces are all closed.
- The Treetop Walkway is closed.
- The Kew Explorer land train is not running.
- The Badger Sett in the Natural Area is closed.
- The Minka House is closed.
All in all, other than the closures which are outlined on the Kew website, we had a lovely visit as it wasn’t too dissimilar to our last trip just with masks, more queues and a lot more hand sanitiser.
Hope this has helped anyone planning a trip to Kew who is curious about the guidelines they have put in place. I felt safe and comfortable for the duration of my trip.
– Amelia x