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  • New Forest Tourism Association
  • Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information



Visit Exbury Gardens in the New Forest today.

Visit Exbury Gardens in the New Forest today.


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 and popular Ghost Train event.

Facilities at Exbury include a Gift Shop, Plant Sales, Tea Rooms and seasonal Tea Gardens. Chauffeur driven buggy service. Parking is free. The Garden is also licensed for Civil Weddings at the Five Arrows Gallery.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled 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

Last admission at 16:30


Gardens admission:
Adult - £11.50
Child (3-15 years) - £3.65
Under 3's - Free
Family (2A+3C) - £26.65

(Prices include suggested donation)

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 23 - Tue 31 Oct Halloween at Exbury Gardens


Exbury Gardens

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 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