Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway
HHA/Christies 'Garden of the Year 2001'
STB Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2003
Hudson's Heritage Award Winner 2011 - Best Gardens
Created by Lionel de Rothschild in the 1920's, the Gardens are a stunning vision of his inspiration, offering 200-acres of natural beauty & horticultural variety.
Exbury reflects the changing moods of nature. Early spring sees the magnolias and camellias burst into flower, whilst the Daffodil Meadow is a carpet of vibrant gold. In mid-spring the rhododendrons and azaleas are at their peak & full of vibrant colour, and the woodland is carpeted in swathes of primroses and bluebells. The stunning Azalea Bowl is a magnet for visitors from around the world in early May. The full bloom of the Herbaceous and Grasses Garden and Exotic Garden announces the arrival of summer, with cool and shady riverside walks, family trails and picnics by the ponds favoured activities. Autumn follows bringing spectacular displays of colour from the Japanese maples, deciduous azaleas & dogwoods that flourish. Exbury's spectacular nerine collection is not to be missed at this time of year - nor are the Gardens National Collection of Nyssa and Oxydendrum.
The popular narrow gauge steam railway takes visitors on a magical journey around the northeast corner of the Gardens and through the Summer Lane Garden planted with bulbs, herbaceous perennials and grasses. The journey lasts 20 minutes & features include a bridge, tunnel, viaduct & 'Exbury North' halt. The railway runs journeys every day the Gardens are open, with a first journey time of 11am. Watch out for Exbury's events programme, including guided walks with the Head Gardener, exhibitions, theatre productions and popular Ghost Train and Santa Specials.
Facilities at Exbury include a Gift Shop, Plant Centre, Restaurant and Tearooms & chauffeur driven buggy service. Parking is free. The Garden also has three venues licensed for Civil Weddings - The Five Arrows Gallery; The Engine Shed and Mr Eddy's Restaurant.
Gardens Only Ticket (with Gift Aid):
Children (0-15) free (must be accompanied by an adult)
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £22.00
Please note this ticket is available on all open days.
All-Inclusive 'Exbury Experience' Ticket - Gardens, Buggy AND Rail (with Gift Aid):
Children (0-3) free
Children (3-15) £7.00
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £42.00
This ticket is available from 10 June - 25 Oct 2013.
Combination Ticket - Gardens, Buggy OR Rail (with Gift Aid):
Children (0-3) free
Children (3-15) £4.50
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £35.00
Gardens and Buggy Combination ticket is available from 10 June - 25 October 2013.
|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Sat 9 Mar 2013 - Sun 3 Nov 2013||Mon - Sun 10:00 to 17:00|
|Notes||Car Park gates close at 6pm (or dusk if earlier).|
023 8089 1203
VenueExbury Gardens & Steam Railway
Summer Lane, Exbury, Near Beaulieu, SO45 1AZ
Map reference: SU 299081 Lat: 50.87172 Long: -1.57515
Junction 2, M27 West, follow A326 to Fawley over series of roundabouts. At 7th roundabout follow signs to Exbury.
Parking : free
Nearest station : 11 miles (17.7 kms) from Brockenhurst station
Buggies available for tour of garden.
Tearooms and restaurant. Toilets.
Steam railway accessible for wheelchairs.
Free wheelchair loan service.
Also at this venue
Events at this venue
|Sat 13 Apr 2013 - Sun 9 Jun 2013||The Glory of the Garden|
|Thu 2 May 2013 - Thu 6 Jun 2013||Four Seasons Art Exhibition|
|Sat 8 Jun 2013||Late Flowering Rhododendron Exhibition|
|Sat 15 Jun 2013 - Sun 21 Jul 2013||Artlook Exhibition|
|Fri 12 Jul 2013||Strawberries and Steam Evening|
|Fri 19 Jul 2013||Strawberries and Steam Evening|
|Fri 26 Jul 2013 - Fri 2 Aug 2013||Look Twice Art Exhibition|
|Sun 4 Aug 2013 - Sun 22 Sep 2013||Look Twice Art Exhibition|
|Sat 10, Sun 11 Aug 2013||New Forest Fuchsia Society Display|
|Tue 1 Oct 2013 - Sun 3 Nov 2013||Festival of Autumn Colours|
|Tue 1 Oct 2013 - Sun 3 Nov 2013||Nerine Display|
|Tue 1 Oct 2013 - Sun 3 Nov 2013||Wild Autumn Art Exhibition|
|Sat 19 Oct 2013||RHS New Forest Breakfast Walk|
|Sat 26 Oct 2013 - Sun 3 Nov 2013||Exbury Ghost Train|