Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Type:Steam Railway

Summer Lane, Exbury, Southampton, Hampshire, SO45 1AZ

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Exbury Gardens is a spectacular 200-acre site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. This earthly paradise offers a riot of colour in Spring, an oasis of tranquillity in Summer followed by a splendid show as the leaves change in the Autumn.

Capture Exbury’s hidden beauty and escape the cares of the world as you explore a myriad of pathways at your own pace.

Make family memories on our mini (12.25 inch gauge) steam railway and discover wildlife in its natural habitat. Children can climb on our adventure play area, make wild art with twigs and leaves and feed our giant Koi Carp.

Top the day off with an ice-cream or tea and cake in the newly refurbished Mr Eddy’s Restaurant and Café!

Exbury Gardens is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. To celebrate, Exbury will be unveiling a new ‘secret garden’, Spring pathway of 100,000 bulbs and history exhibition, plus an expanded events calendar.

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Family (2 adults and up to 3 children)


Saturday, 7th December 2019 - Sunday, 8th December 2019

New Forest Christmas Fair 2019
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Saturday, 7th December 2019 - Sunday, 8th December 2019

Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Sunday, 15th December 2019

Exbury's Festive Railway Experience
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  • Electric car charging point


  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups


  • French signs/guides
  • German signs/guides


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted
  • Postbox
  • Public toilets
  • WiFi or internet access

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted



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    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Our postcode for your satnav is SO45 1AZ.

    Exit M27 westbound at junction 2. Head South on A326 until you see brown tourism signs for Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, which will guide you through the forest to Exbury’s Visitor Entrance.

    Parking is free and we also offer charging for electronic vehicles.

    Public Transport Directions

    By bus (and foot)

    Take the 112 and alight at Hill Top Gate. Exbury is roughly a 45-minute walk (2.4 Miles) down Exbury Road and Summer Lane.

    By train

    The closest train station is Brockenhurst. Visitors can then either get a bus (see above) and walk the last part of the journey OR take a 20-minute taxi.


    • Other AwardsGo New Forest Member Go New Forest Member 2018
    • Trip Advisor AwardsTrip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018
    • Visit EnglandVisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2019

    Opening Times

    * 10.00am - 5.30pm (or dusk if earlier)

    Last admission 4.30pm and gates are locked at 6.00pm.

    Open daily between 23rd March – 3rd November 2019. Plus dates in November and December for Christmas events.

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