Visiting Kew, TW9
Kew is an attractive village situated on a curve of the River Thames, opposite Brentford and Chiswick, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The area is home to the Royal Botanic Gardens, also known as Kew Gardens which includes also Kew Palace. Kew is the location of the National Archives that keep important historical documents and records such as the Doomsday Book, which are open to public.
Since 1965, the district includes the former area of North Sheen with the St Philip and All Saints church (The barn Church) which is the first barn church to be consecrated in England. Together with St Luke’s Church, it comprises part of a joint parish.
The Royal Botanic Gardens are the most notable landmark in the area and an important botanical and education institution. The organisation cooperates with institutions such as the Harvard University Herbaria, Missouri Botanical Gardens and Australian National Herbarium. The Royal Botanic Gardens manage the Kew Gardens and Wakehurst Place in Sussex. Kew Gardens, founded in 1840, has the largest collection of living plants in the world. The site has its own police force – Kew Constabulary. In addition, there several parks and open spaces in the area including North Sheen Recreation Ground, Westerly Ware Recreation Ground and Kew Green used by the Kew Cricket Club.
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