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. Mon-Thur 10am-7pm, Fri-Sun 10am-8pm; 9-14 Jul daily 10am-5pm. Adult £18, child £6; charges for special exhibitions.
To 27 Oct: Chihuly: Reflections on Nature. Glass artist Dale Chihuly displays 32 of his striking pieces around the grounds.
To 26 Aug: Alice in Wonderland. Watch this outdoor theatre production by the Australian Shakespeare Company; Tue-Sun; adult £22.90, child £17.90; booking essential.