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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew *
View of the Palm House at Kew Gardens
Country Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iii, iv
Reference 1084
Region ** Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 2003 (27th Session)

Kew Gardens or the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in London in the United Kingdom.[1]

Kew’s historic landscapes and buildings are a collection of gardens and parks and glasshouses.[2]

At Kew, teams of scientists have important roles in science and plant research.[2]


Early work on the gardens started in the 17th century when King Henry VII built Richmond Lodge in the area.Kew[3]

The land was a private royal garden until the Victorian era. In 1840, the Royal Botanic Garden was established.[4]

The gardens expanded in the 19th century.[5]

In the 20th century, the size of the gardens grew larger. The importance of scientific research was emphasized.[6]

The gardens were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.[1]


Related pages


  1. 1.0 1.1 UNESCO, "Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew"; retrieved 2012-4-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew). About World Heritage Status; retrieved 2012-4-20.
  3. 16th & 17th Centuries: Royal Influences"; retrieved 2012-4-20.
  4. Kew, "Questions in Parliament 1837-1840"; retrieved 2012-4-20.
  5. Kew, "1841 - 1885: The expansion of the Royal Botanic Gardens"; retrieved 2012-4-20.
  6. Kew, "Unification and expansion of the Gardens"; retrieved 2012-4-20.

Other websites

Media related to Kew Gardens at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°28′55″N 0°17′38″W / 51.48194°N 0.29389°W / 51.48194; -0.29389

This article is about a World Heritage Site