Members of CSSC benefit from a great range of discounted and free days out and shopping vouchers.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Wakehurst are opening from 1 June, to a very limited number of visitors, each day. RBG, Kew are limiting the number of visitors significantly to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. All visitors are required to have booked a time slot in advance online at kew.org. If you don't have a pre-booked time slot visitors will be turned away.
From Monday 15 June CSSC members will be able to visit RBG Kew and Wakehurst sites again, for free using their corporate membership. CSSC members can also bring up to three accompanying children for free.
Please note, that during this period of gradual reopening, RBG Kew have discounted the entry ticket price to the Gardens to 50% off. As tickets are already discounted, your CSSC 50% adult guest entry discount will not apply and you’ll be charged the face value of £9.
Health care workers are eligible for free entry for themselves and one guest by showing proof of employment at the gates. Health care workers are required to have booked a time slot in advance online at kew.org. These tickets will be capped to a set amount of visitors each day. For details on forms of ID that will be accepted as identifying health care workers please visit RGB, Kew Garden website.
Keeping you safe
The safety of visitors and staff is Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew's utmost priority, so, for those of you who can safely visit, you'll notice a number of changes which RBG, Kew have outlined below:
- Most of the buildings and attractions, including the restaurants, shop, galleries, Kew Explorer and Children's Garden will remain closed, though there will be pop-up catering and retail outlets accepting card payments.
- All day time events, exhibitions and festivals have also been postponed until further notice.
- There will be markers for queuing at the gates and staff equipped with PPE across the site to assist you. They’ll also be limiting and monitoring the number of people in the space at any one time.
- Please adhere to Government guidelines around social distancing and bear with them as they adjust and adapt.
- Please also note that the horticultural standards are not quite where they would like them to be at this point in the season, as many of their world-class horticulturalists have been furloughed. Thank you for your patience with this.
- Finally, they ask that visitors be mindful that capacity is limited in this first phase of reopening. As such, please do not book up too many time slots, to allow as many people to enjoy the gardens as possible.
- Opening hours are 10am to 6pm daily.
How to book
Please read the following guidance from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew carefully before booking your time slot.
- Visit the RBG, Kew website to pre-book your time slot online – entry will not be permitted without a pre-booked ticket.
- Select the date for your visit.
- Choose entry type – Corporate Member for yourself and up to three accompanying children. For additional adult guests you will need to choose entry type – General Admission Adult.
- Select tickets.
- Bring your pre-booked ticket, either printed or on your phone or device, together with your CSSC membership card.
- Kew Gardens are operating a one-way system. You will only be able to enter via Victoria Gate and exit via Elizabeth and Lion Gates. However, Brentford Gate remains two-way to allow access to Brentford car park.
- Once you’re there, you can explore at your leisure, but you should continue to practice social distancing and be kind to our staff; we're here to help you.
- We advise checking RGB Kew’s website for the latest guidance before each visit, as this guidance may change as Government guidance changes.
Travelling to Kew Gardens
RBG, Kew are encouraging visitors not to use public transport in line with the Government guidelines. The Brentford car park is small and local parking is highly restricted. Please bear these factors in mind before visiting.
If you’re travelling by car to Kew Gardens, please check the Richmond Borough Council website for parking updates. RBG, Kew have been advised of forthcoming changes to parking restrictions on Kew Road, so please do check before you travel.
Would be better if could get free entrance for a second adult
This is a great offer from CSSC and saved us roughly £30 on this trip for 2. We went to see the Indonesian orchid display and were not disappointed. Will definitely be returning and taking advantage of the savings again.
Great addition to the CSSC offer. I attended with two 4 year olds and a 2 year old and everyone had a good time. Children’s playground is great, if there’s no prebookable spaces left arrive early and try to book at the ticket office. We did and got spaces for the kids. We had a full on day but still didn’t get to do everything so we’ll be going back in the summer.
Lovely day last Sunday
So pleased to see Kew Gardens added to the benefits for CSSC membership. Even on a cold winters day in winter, this is a lovely place to explore. There is even shelter in the greenhouses if it rains!
Fab to go to Kew Gardens for free and be able to take my husband for half price. There's so much to do I could go every day for a month and not do the same things twice. Also, the gardens are forever changing. It's the gift that keeps on giving. Thank you so much
Went today and loved it! We spent 5 hours there and it only cost £30 for 6 of us!
Went to Wakehurst today, a really lovely place for adults and kids. Great value for money too.
Lovely place and so much to do. Spend most of the day walking then went on the train which lasts 40 minutes and realised how many more things there was to visit.