Kew Gardens: the official app
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Discover what’s in bloom at Kew today, find spectacular glasshouses and uncover hidden gems. Whether you’re a regular visitor or on your first trip to Kew, our handy new app will help you explore more of Kew Gardens and dig deeper into our science and horticulture.
Kew Gardens: the official app features:
• Stunning photos of today’s highlights, plus their location – as picked by our plant experts and visitors.
• An interactive garden map – search for something in particular or browse what’s near you. Customise it to show just what you want to see.
• Detailed information about Kew’s garden attractions – from architecture and landscape design to planting and Kew’s conservation work.
• Cafe and restaurant opening times and menus.
And NEW in Version 2.0:
• A QR code scanner so you can scan codes on Kew’s new plant labels to reach detailed plant profiles, image galleries and videos.
• An augmented reality feature that reveals some of Kew’s top trees, and more information about them.
• Image galleries, tagged with each photos’ location so you can find its subject in the garden.
• Likes and comments so you can easily find info about your favourite Kew attractions again, and leave your thoughts and questions.
• Facebook and Twitter integration so you can share your visit with friends.
With this app you’ll never miss your favourite spring blossoms and bulbs, summer blooms or autumn colour again. Want fun stuff for kids? Not a problem... we’ve got plenty of play spaces and kid’s missions to complete. Come to relax and get wonderfully lost in nature? That’s fine too... we’ll find you calming views and quiet spots.
** Please note: this app is best enjoyed on a visit to Kew Gardens, London. **
** Please note - we are currently working on a fix to improve the app data loader, which is currently causing app crashes for some users. If you have experienced a crash please try again having taken the following steps:
1. Connect to Wi-Fi (available at Kew’s entrances, cafes and restaurants) rather than mobile data.
2. Exit other unused apps
What's New in Version 2.3
Improved experience for users with poor internet connectivity
Found it really helpful
We used this on our recent visit and found it really handy. The map was particularly useful when it pinpointed your location as the site is so big. Ok, so the app can be a bit slow to catch up sometimes but it's not the end of the world to close it and reopen it.
Worth getting but...........
I would recommend this app to use before you go as the interactive map shows clearly all the attractions and gives information on them. Fantastic for planning in advance. However it wasn't reliable on the day we visited. The wifi spots aren't frequent or powerful enough to show your location. The plant scanner worked sometimes, but I used the paper map they gave us at the ticket office to go around the gardens. It was easier and didn't let me down!
It has little content.
I was hoping for information about plants, where I could find which plants, a library of pictures. For an important botanical garden like Kew there is great potential for an app supported by a lot of information. It's very disappointing that this app has no scientific or in-depth content. Probably it just ticks the box of "we have an App" for the Kew management.