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.


Date and time


Every half hour between 11am – 3.30pm


Route begins at Victoria Plaza


Adults £5

Children £2

Essential carers go free

Tickets are valid all day

You can buy tickets from the driver (via card payments only), at the gates and shops (cash and card payments accepted), or online with your ticket to the Gardens. 

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, and Palm House.

Stop 2: Temperate House for Marianne North Gallery, Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, and Treetop Walkway.

Stop 3: The Great Pagoda for Lion Gate and Japanese Gateway. 

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. 

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


  • 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.
  • Ticket holders can get on and off at any stop on the route (seven stops in total)


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