England, London Guide (B): Kew Gardens, London: A UNESCO Heritage Site

Kew Gardens, London: A UNESCO Heritage Site
London has four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but one – the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew – is less visited than the others. Each of the others – the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, and the Greenwich Museums – attracted more than 2.5m visitors in 2017. Plus countless more who just stood outside to admire the buildings and take selfies. Yet Kew Gardens only had 1.8m visitors last year. It’s still an impressive number, but why so many fewer than London’s other UNESCO sites?

King William’s Temple, one of many temple follies in Kew Gardens

Why is Kew Gardens a UNESCO World Heritage Site?

The Royal Botanic Gardens are much more than “just another botanic garden”. There are several strands to the UNESCO listing, starting with the fact that Kew Gardens has been at the forefront of scientific research since it was established in 1759. Its collections of living and conserved plants are still central to international research in botany and ecology. Secondly, several landscape architects, including the great Capability Brown, contributed to the gardens, making it a sort of living museum of garden design through the centuries. In addition, the gardens are home to 44 historic buildings, including the famous Pagoda and the Victorian greenhouses.

The Bamboo Garden and Japanese Minka House

Then there are the gardens themselves, which became an inspiration for similar gardens around the world. Set in 326 acres and incorporating ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Kew Gardens, London: A UNESCO Heritage Site
Guide Location: England » London
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Royal Botanic Gardens   King William’s Temple   Richmond Park   Syon Vista   Pagoda   Temperate House   Queen Charlotte’s Cottage   Palm House   Botanical Restaurant   Princess of Wales Conservatory  
Author: Karen Warren
Read it on author's website: https://www.worldwidewriter.co.uk/kew-gardens-london-unesco-world-heritage-site.html

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