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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. CLOSED FRIDAY 20 APRIL.

Event details

Daily, running regularly between 11am to 5.30pm. CLOSED 20 APRIL.
Stop 1 near Victoria Plaza

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


  • The Explorer land train runs daily during spring/summer.
  • Runs from main departure stop at Victoria Gate Plaza.
  • Times vary so check at the gate for the day's schedule.
  • 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).

Please note, there will be no Kew Explorer tours on 20 April. 


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

Buy tickets from the driver (card payments only), 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).

Example Route

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

Stop 2: King William's Temple for Treetop Walkway.

Stop 3: Oxenhouse 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 or close a stop due to 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