New group visit to Sir David Attenborough exhibition at Buckingham Palace followed by tour at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

The Royal Collection and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew are offering the perfect day out for the green-fingered and adventurous.  Explore the world of natural history with a combined visit to The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

This special day out begins with a tour of the exhibition Amazing Rare Things: The Art of Natural History in the Age of Discovery, which is co-curated by Sir David Attenborough. With Sir David on your audio tour, you can enjoy the work of Leonardo da Vinci, Alexander Marshal, Maria Sibylla Merian, Mark Catesby and Cassiano dal Pozzo, who recorded plants and animals at a time when they were barely known in Europe.

Then go on a special Plant Explorers tour at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and hear about the adventures of the great plant-collectors, from
Sir Joseph Banks in the 18th century to modern-day plant-hunters. Your guide will point out the many exotic species brought back from travels around the world.

The combined group visit is available from 1 April until 28 September 2008.  For further information and to book now, please visit www.royalcollection.org.uk or telephone 020 7766 7322.

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace:  Open daily 10.00–17:30 (last admission 16:30) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: Open daily 09:30-18:30 (weekdays) 9:30-19:30 (weekends), last entrance is half an hour before the Gardens close. Opening hours are subject to change after 30 August 2008

Combined ticket price: Adult £21.00, Over 60/Student £19.25, Under 17 £8.25
Price includes an audio tour at The Queen’s Gallery and a guided tour at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

For Group information, to receive a copy of the Royal Collection’s new Group Visits and Private Tours brochure or to make a booking, please visit www.royalcollection.org.uk or telephone the Group and Specialist Sales team on 020 7766 7322. 

Visit the Royal Collection stand at:

British Travel Trade Fair: NEC Birmingham, 11-12 March 2008
Tourism South East’s Group Travel Fairs 2008: Arundel Castle, 9 February and
Port Lympne, 23 February 2008
Visit Scotland Expo 2008: Aberdeen, 16-17 April 2008

Press information and photographs are available from Public Relations and Marketing, the Royal Collection, telephone: 020 7839 1377, e-mail:press@royalcollection.org.uk.

The Royal Collection
The Royal Collection, a department of the Royal Household, manages the public opening of the official residences of The Queen - Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse - and the official London residence of The Prince of Wales, Clarence House.  It also has curatorial responsibility for the Royal Collection, one of the world’s great art collections, and runs a programme of exhibitions at The Queen’s Galleries in London and Edinburgh. Shaped by the personal tastes of monarchs over more than 500 years, the Collection is held in trust by The Queen as Sovereign for her successors and the Nation. It includes paintings, drawings and watercolours, furniture, ceramics, clocks, silver, sculpture, jewellery, books, manuscripts, arms and armour.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Kew Gardens is a major international visitor attraction and its 132 hectares of landscaped gardens attract over one million visitors per year.  Kew is a UNESCO-inscribed World Heritage Site and represents over 250 years of historical landscape. The site houses over 40 listed buildings and other structures including the Palm House, Temperate House, Orangery and Pagoda as well as two ancient monuments, Queen Charlotte's Cottage and Kew Palace.  RBG, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding living collection of plants and world-class herbarium as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world. www.kew.org.uk

Date: 
Monday, 28 January 2008