Incredible flora and Victorian glasshouses at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (image © Kew Gardens)
Better known as Kew Gardens, this botanical research centre and World Heritage Site contains plants from across the globe, with Victorian tropical greenhouses and a Chinese pagoda, while the Xstrata Treetop Walkway offers great views. The new Children’s Garden is designed especially for visitors aged 2-12 and includes an activity trail and a tree canopy walk. Daily 10am-3.30pm. Adult £13.50, child £4.50; charges for special exhibitions.
To 5 Jan 2020: Christmas at Kew. Enjoy the gardens at night, illuminated throughout by creative and engaging light installations; for the first time, lasers will be projected onto the Temperate House; 5pm-10pm; adult £18, child £11; booking essential.