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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.

Event details

Weekends only, hourly between 11am to 3pm
Stop 1 near Victoria Plaza

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


  • 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)


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

Buy tickets from the driver (via card payments only), at the gates and shops (cash and card payments accepted), 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: 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. 

Download Kew Explorer route map

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