Here Be Dragons

Exhibition and activities for families

Exhibition and activities for families


  • Start date: 30 March 2018
  • End date: 30 September 2018
Open daily

Ticketing information

The Here Be Dragons exhibition is next to Kew Palace and is open 10:30-17:30 (last admission 17:00).

The Dragon Trail can be completed during Kew Gardens opening hours.

Family art activities are situated next to the Great Pagoda from 6-19 August.

Included in Kew Gardens admission Buy tickets online

Discover the Great Pagoda and its marvellous dragons

Explore the Here Be Dragons exhibition, sculpture trail and family activities which celebrate the restoration of 80 magnificent dragons onto the Great Pagoda.

The exhibition tells the story of dragonologist Ting and her hunt for dragons within Kew Gardens. Discover how she researches, finds and records dragons and help her complete her mission to hunt down and identify all the dragons nesting in Kew Gardens.

Here Be Dragons began in 2017 with a BBC Blue Peter competition for children aged 6-15 to design a dragon for the Great Pagoda. The winning design will appear on the Pagoda and the five top runner-up designs have been turned into huge dragon sculptures that families can hunt for in the gardens. A sixth dragon has been designed by a local community group.

Free summer family activities

Art Tent (next to the Great Pagoda) - 6-19 August 2018
Take part in drop-in family art activities in the activity tent next to the Great Pagoda. Artists will lead collaborative sculpture-building activities, with additional craft activities for all ages.
Daily: 11:00-16:30

Meet Georgian Royalty! - 6-19 August 2018
Step back in time to meet Princess Augusta and Sir William Chambers and find out how they planned and designed the Great Pagoda at Kew. Costumed presenters lead interactive performances that invite audiences to take part and imagine what life was like 300 years ago.
Timed performances: 11:30 & 12:30 at the Great Pagoda. 14:30 & 15:30 in front of Kew Palace.

Here Be Dragons Exhibition - Available all summer
Find the exhibition space next to Kew Palace.

Dragon Trail - Available all summer
Use the Dragon Trail to hunt for dragon sculptures within the grounds of the gardens. Trail leaflets are available at all entrances, at the exhibition and at Kew Palace.

More information

Family trails are available free of charge from all visitor entrances and from inside the exhibition.

Available during Kew Gardens opening hours.

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