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.

Visitor riding the Kew Explorer land train

Date and time

Weekends from 11am


Route begins at Victoria Plaza


Adults: £6.50

Children: £2.50

Essential carers go free

Buy tickets from the Explorer team at stop 1: Victoria Gate

The Kew Explorer land train is a relaxed and gentle way to explore our Gardens and learn about our diverse living collection. 

The route typically includes the following sites: 

Stop 1: Victoria Gate for Victoria Plaza Shop and Café, Palm House, and The Botanical. 

Stop 2: Mediterranean Garden for the Temperate House, Galleries, and Tree Top Walkway 

Stop 3: The Japanese Gateway for Lion Gate, Pavilion Bar & Grill, and the Great Pagoda.

Stop 4: Natural Area for the Log Trail, Pinetum, and Lake Crossing.

Stop 5: Brentford Gate for the Car Park, The Children’s Garden and Orangery.

Severe weather conditions may disrupt service and from time to time we need to remove services or close a stop due to essential maintenance. 

Please note, at peak times this popular service can be full and you may need to hop on the next train.


  • Runs from main departure stop at Victoria Gate Plaza.
  • Times vary so check at the gate for the day's schedule.
  • You also speak to the Explorer drivers or refer to the Garden signs for on-the-day depature information.
  • Full tour of the Gardens takes 40 minutes.


  • Space for one manual fixed-wheel wheelchair in the back carriage of each vehicle.
  • Limited room for storage of folded up wheelchairs and pushchairs.