Kew & Brentford Walking Tour
Highlights: Contrast sedate Kew and post-industrial Brentford on this interest-packed guided walking tour of extraordinary variety and history. Criss-cross rivers, locks, canals and creeks. Discover where Julius Caesar may have forded the Thames in 54 BC and where a pitched battle was fought during the English Civil War.
Our walk starts at Kew, the retreat of Hanoverian royalty and the world famous botanic gardens. From Queen Anne’s ‘little church’ on Kew Green, we pass imposing Georgian houses and cross Kew Bridge to uncover the unique character of Brentford, a town with a gritty industrial past, now experiencing rapid regeneration and gentrification. We explore wharfs, locks and historic boatyards and see where the Grand Union Canal enters the Thames and where Brunel built his dock. We visit a hidden gem of an eighteenth century square and finish by a pub on a backwater, where landscape painter JMW Turner once lived with his uncle.
Dates: Sunday 11 August & Sun 6 October 2019
Time: Depart 11:00 Kew Green (meet St Anne’s Church). Finish approx 13:30 by Brentford Market Place.
Cost & Booking: Adult £12; Senior/Student ID £11; Under 16 £10. Price includes booking fee. Pre-booking required.
Check-in: check-in 10.55 by the entrance to St Anne’s Church TW9 3AA on Kew Green for 11:00 departure.
There are trains to Kew Bridge station from London Waterloo, and London Underground to Kew Gardens (District Line). Bus routes 65 & 391. Paid parking is available at Kew Gardens and in Brentford.
Mostly paved paths and tracks. There are several flights of steps along the way.
Additional information: This walk is dog-friendly. Tours take place in all but the very worst weather.