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Kew Explorer land train

Enjoy a tour around the Gardens on the Kew Explorer land train. Learn about Kew's flora and fauna, iconic buildings and vital conservation work. Daily throughout the year.

Event details

Daily every 30mins from 11am to 3.30pm.
Stop 1 near Victoria Plaza

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

Event overview

Enjoy a tour around the Gardens on the Kew Explorer land train. Our knowledgeable drivers will give a commentary about Kew's flora and fauna, historic buildings and vital conservation work.

Kew Explorer land train ticket holders can get on and off at any stop on the route (seven stops in total).


Departs every half hour from the main departure stop at Victoria Plaza. 

Runs daily from 11am to 3.30pm.

A full timetable can be found at each stop.

Full tour of the Gardens takes 40 minutes.


£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, Palm House, and Waterlily House.

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

Stop 3: Lion Gate for Lion Gate, Great Pagoda, Japanese Gateway and Landscape, Cedar vista, and Holly Walk. 

Stop 4: Woodland House for Conservation 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, Climbers and Creepers, and Treehouse Towers.

Stop 7: Elizabeth Gate/Orangery for Orangery restaurant, Kew Palace, Royal Kitchens, and Queen's Garden. 

Download Kew Explorer route map


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 or to enquire about hiring for a wedding, event or school group please call 020 8332 5655 / 5617 or email

Buy Kew Explorer tickets online (add Kew Explorer tickets to your basket after you select a visit date)

Severe weather conditions may disrupt service and from time to time we need to remove services for essential maintenance. To confirm that it is running please call 020 8332 5655 / 5617.