One of the most well-loved gardens in Britain, the UNESCO World Heritage Site sees more than 1.35 million visitors every year. It’s easy to see why: From housing over 7 million preserved plant specimens to the recently restored Temperate House, the largest surviving Victorian glass structure in the world, Kew Gardens is a royal record-breaker not to be missed.
You might spot officers from the Kew Constabulary patrolling the gardens. First introduced in 1845 when visitors started swelling in numbers, the Gardens’ own police force continue to possess the same powers and immunities as the main police force of Greater London within the Gardens.
Where: London, England, UK
Admission: £5 (US$7) for children, £17 (US$22) for adults. Opens 10am – 7pm daily.
How to get there: The Gardens is a 5-minute walk from Kew Gardens station, which can be accessed via the District Line on the Tube. Alternatively, take a 15-minute drive from Fraser Suites Queens Gate.
Wander west of the urban park and you’ll come across Volkstuinvereniging Sloterdijkermeer and Tuinpark Nut en Genogen, two community gardens with over 600 garden plots in the heart of Amsterdam!
The gardens open to the public from April to October, with a wide variety of lectures, tours, workshops and exhibitions lined up every year. It is also during this time many plot owners retreat to their little summerhouses and cottages here amidst the many plants, trees and flowers they have lovingly cultivated.
Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Admission: Free. Open to public every Apr–Oct.
How to get there: Bus 21 from Amsterdam Centraal will take you to Haarlemmerplein stop near the park entrance.
Opened on the 100th anniversary of the disaster, this is the only memorial in the world commemorating all 1,512 victims of the RMS Titanic, with each name inscribed on a 9m-long plinth.
The plants here have been carefully selected to reflect related elements to the disaster: white, silver and blues are used to mirror water and ice, while plants that do well in springtime were chosen to reflect the period of the disaster.
Where: Belfast, Ireland
Admission: Free. Opens 7.30am – 7pm daily.
How to get there: The memorial garden is 10-minutes away by foot from Malmaison Belfast.