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Climb Kew Garden's historic Pagoda

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

KEW GARDENS are lovely whatever the season and now, for the first time in living memory, the Pagoda will be open to the public – from May 27 to September 24, 2006.

The Kew landmark which was designed by architect William Chambers, was completed in 1762 and, at the time, was the tallest reconstruction of a Chinese building in Europe.

At 163 feet (almost 50 metres), it affords unparalleled views of the Gardens and beyond – as far afield as the London Eye, Battersea Power Station, Canary Wharf and the new Wembley Arch.

Unfortunately, the only way up is by foot (and 253 steps!), although visitors who find the climb difficult, can enjoy views from lower levels. Understandably, it’s not suitable for children under 5. And there is no wheelchair access.

Tickets (£3 per person) are available on the day for timed slots from 10am with last entry at 5.30pm weekdays, and 6.30pm weekends and Bank Holidays.

For further information visit the Kew website.