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Garden guides

Kew offers a range of resources to help you get the most from your visit: you can buy a variety of guide books, download Kew's smartphone app, discover what Kew has to offer children or tour the Gardens on the Kew Explorer.


Official guide books

Discover Kew Gardens with our range of guide books - whether you are interested in plants, architecture or art there is something for you.

Not only do these books make an ideal companion when visiting the Gardens, but also a wonderful souvenir of your trip.



Kids' Kew - a children's guide

An official guide to Kew for children and famillies. It's packed full of good ideas for places to visit and things to see, as well as silly jokes and amazing facts. This attractively designed guide, now in it's third edition, is beautifully illustrated in full colour.

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Enjoy a tour on the Kew Explorer land train

Kew Explorer land train

The Kew Explorer is a hop-on/hop-off land train which provides 40-minute tours of the Gardens with commentary and operates daily throughout the year. Hop aboard to learn more about Kew's plants and trees, history and Kew's vital work.

By purchasing a ticket you are helping to support Kew's work in saving the world's plants.

To purchase a ticket online, click on the date you wish to visit, then scroll down to Explorer tickets and select the number you would like to purchase.


More guided tours

We also offer free walking tours with our extremely knowledgeable volunteer guides plus options for groups and individuals with particular needs, for example, those with limited mobility or sight loss, learning disability or deafness.

More about guided tours

Discover Kew app

Our new Discover Kew app is now available from iTunes. The app allows you to access information about Kew's plants, history and buildings as you enter discovery zones throughout the Gardens. The app uses iBeacons technology.

Download the app

Our Android app will be available from August 2015. 

If you would like to take five minutes to feedback about your experience using the app and iBeacons at Kew please fill in our survey.

Kingdom of Plants 3D App to download

Kingdom of Plants app

Take an interactive journey around the wonders of Kew with David Attenborough as your guide. 

Download the Kingdom of Plants app from the Itunes App Store