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  • New Forest Tourism Association
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  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Steam Railway


Visit Exbury Gardens in the New Forest today.

Visit Exbury Gardens in the New Forest today.


The Railway follows a one and a quarter mile circular route on a 12 ¼” gauge and is a wonderful and evocative way to see the gardens. The sights and sounds of the liveried blue engines are a draw for visitors of all ages. After leaving Exbury Central Station, the train enters the Summer Lane Garden with a bridge, tunnel, causeway and series of individual themed gardens based on character and texture. The collection of plants reflect the seasons and can only be seen from the train.
Children will enjoy spotting a number of woodland moss animals, including deer, rabbits, a squirrel, fox and frog, together with contemporary metal sculptures. Passing out of the Summer Lane Garden, the train travels on through a wooded area, revealing glimpses of the Rock Garden. A steep gradient leads to a curving timber viaduct, with fine views over the Wildlife Ponds.

The train then passes a Plant Nursery and an Exotic Fruit Patch and on to a second lake, home to "Hump-phrey, The Lake Moss Monster." Close by is a Sunflower Field, at its peak in summer, before the train loops around the oldest tree in the Gardens, the Domesday Yew.

Exbury North Halt in the American Garden, so called because it contains rhododendron hybrids from the USA, enables visitors to hop off the train and explore this area before returning to Exbury Central on foot or by train.

The railway track has a journey time of approximately twenty minutes. The trains run according to colour timetables, indicated on our Garden Map and Railway Timetable (see link) which is given to visitors on arrival. Except for March and September weekdays (12 noon) the first train departs Exbury Central at 11am, with the last train generally at 4pm (3pm March and September weekdays).

Visitors can also enjoy the walk-through exhibition "A Dream Come True", opened by Mr Michael Portillo in 2010. The exhibition tells the story behind the construction of the Rhododendron Line, and is displayed within Exbury's roomy Engine Shed. The exhibition also features a number of railway posters and items of railway memorabilia.


Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Welcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Buggies available to transport visitors to areas of the garden. Tea Rooms and seasonal Tea Garden. Toilets. Steam railway accessible for wheelchairs. Free wheelchair loan service.

Opening details

Reopens Saturday 14 March 2015


Gift Aid prices in brackets: Gardens admission: Adult £10.00 (£11.00), Child age 3-15yrs* £2.50 (£2.75), Child (under 3)* Free, Family (2 adults + 3 children 3-15) £22.50 (£24.75). Group (15 or more paying adults) £9.00.

Buggy tickets: Adults and Children age 3yrs and over £4.00 per person. Groups £4.00 per person on the day.

Rail tickets: Adults and Children age 3yrs and over £4.00. Groups (15 or more paying adults) £3.00 per person if booked in advance, or £4.00 per person on the day.

Please see website for further details.

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 24 - Mon 31 Oct Spooky Halloween Family Fun at Exbury Gardnens
Sat 3 - Sun 4 Dec New Forest Christmas Fair


Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

023 8089 1203


Summer Lane,
Near Beaulieu,
SO45 1AZ



See location of Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SU 418001  Lat: 50.79950 Long: -1.40760

Junction 2, M27 West, follow A326 to Fawley over series of roundabouts. At 7th roundabout follow signs to Exbury.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Buggies available to transport visitors to areas of the garden. Tea Rooms and seasonal Tea Garden. Toilets. Steam railway accessible for wheelchairs. Free wheelchair loan service.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesBaby changing facilities


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu


  • Full accessibility statement is available to view at