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Kew Explorer land train

Enjoy a guided tour around the Gardens on the Kew Explorer land train and learn about Kew's flora and fauna, historic buildings and vital conservation work. Saturdays and Sundays only.

Event details

Saturdays and Sundays only, every hour from 11am to 3pm.
Stop 1 near Victoria Plaza

Adults £5, children £2. Essential carers go free.


Weekends only (until 1 February 2018, when daily service will return).

  • Runs hourly, on the hour, from 11am to 3pm from the main departure stop at Victoria Gate Plaza.
  • Full tour of the Gardens takes 40 minutes.
  • Ticket holders can get on and off at any stop on the route (seven stops in total).


  • £5 for adults
  • £2 for children
  • Essential carers go free
  • Tickets are valid all day

Buy tickets from the driver, at the gates and shops, or buy tickets online before your visit (add Kew Explorer tickets to your basket after you select a visit date).


Stop 1: Victoria Gate for Victoria Plaza shop and café, and Palm House.

Stop 2: Marianne North Gallery for Marianne North Gallery, Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, and Ruined Arch.

Stop 3: Lion Gate for Lion Gate, Japanese Gateway and Landscape, Cedar Vista, and Holly Walk. 

Stop 4: Woodland House for Natural Area and Woodland, Sackler Crossing, Waterlily Pond, Stable Yard, Stag Beetle Loggery, Badger Sett, and Queen Charlotte's Cottage.

Stop 5: Rhododendron Dell for Bamboo Garden and Rhododendron Dell.

Stop 6: Brentford Gate car park for Riverside Walk, White Peaks café and shop, and Climbers and Creepers.

Stop 7: Elizabeth Gate/Orangery for Orangery restaurant and Queen's Garden. 

Download Kew Explorer route map (pdf)

Severe weather conditions may disrupt service and from time to time we need to remove services for essential maintenance.


Space for one manual fixed-wheel wheelchair in the back carriage of each vehicle.

Limited room for storage of folded up wheelchairs and pushchairs. 


For further information about the Kew Explorer service, to confirm it is running or to enquire about hiring for a wedding, event or school group, please call 020 8332 5655 / 5617 or email