Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Type:Outdoor

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

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Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway opening March 19, 2022 

More than 100 years in the making, Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway is a spectacular collection of landscaped woodland, herbaceous, contemporary and formal gardens, in a unique riverside location. Exbury also boasts a narrow-gauge steam railway that travels through the gardens, plus a play area, dragonfly pond, and catering to suite every taste and appetitie. 

There is so much nature and wildlife to visitors to discover at Exbury.  Interactive family events in 2022 will include bushcraft, nature trails, birdwatching, pond dipping,  

Unique riverside gardens
Exbury is renowned for spring colour, set apart from other gardens by their world-famous collection of rhododendrons and azaleas. These stunning shrubs are at their height in May, lining the paths with elegant flowers. Spring also sees a spectacular display of camellias and magnolias, as well as hundreds of thousands of spring bulbs in Daffodil Meadow and the River of Gold.

Exbury's 200 acres transform into a shady sanctuary of tranquillity during summertime, with the Iris, Herbaceous, Sundial and Centenary Gardens coming into full bloom at this time of year.

During the colder months, expert planting showcases the vibrant red and orange of their acer and nyssa trees, of which we have a National Plant Collection.

New for 2022
There's a newly built log trail where Children - and agile adults - can test their balance; The Connoisseurs Garden will delight gardeners with its host of rare and unusual plants and our new Home, Garden & Gift Shop will stock a wide range of products for all ages, inspired by the plants, gardens and history of Exbury.  For children, you’ll find inspiration for rainy day activities and outdoor adventures alike.

Steam Railway
Exbury's narrow-gauge railway departs from replica Victorian station ‘Exbury Central’ and travels through a tunnel, over a bridge, round the new Dragonfly Pond and through the Summer Lane Garden, which is only accessible by train.

Families
Inspire a love of the outdoors in little ones as they run, play and discover in Exbury's unique riverside gardens. Feed giant koi carp and golden orfe fish at Top Pond, complete a range of free activity sheets and let off steam in the play area. Check out their brilliant events tailored for children and families at www.exbury.co.uk.

Accessibility
Many of Exbury’s paths are wheelchair accessible and are signposted on visitor maps. The steam railway has carriages specially adapted to accommodate wheelchair users and their companions. There’s also free wheelchair hire, accessible parking, free gardens admission for carers and accessible lavatory facilities.

Food and Drink
Exbury boasts three catering options: Mr Eddy’s Restaurant serving delicious hot meals and hot and cold snacks and refreshments; the Old Tennis Courts outdoor café serving sandwiches, drinks and cakes; and pop-up food outlets, regularly including gluten-free and vegan caterers.

Dog-friendly
Four-legged friends are welcome at Exbury and can even ride the train! They have water bowls, dog bins and even sell dog-friendly ice cream in Mr Eddy’s Restaurant.

Whether you’re visiting for a quiet riverside walk, a delightful family day out or to admire their unique plants, a fantastic day can be had by all at Exbury!

Guide Prices

Adult
£14.85 (gift aid) £13.50 (standard)

Child
£5.50 (gift aid) £5.00 (standard)

Under 3s
FREE

Carers
FREE (gardens only)

Membership also available from just £45!

Events

Sunday, 3rd July 2022 - Sunday, 3rd July 2022

Devoted to Dogs day (including Dog Show)
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Saturday, 23rd July 2022 - Saturday, 23rd July 2022

Saturday, 6th August 2022 - Saturday, 6th August 2022

Bushcraft
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Monday, 25th July 2022 - Monday, 25th July 2022

Tuesday, 2nd August 2022 - Tuesday, 2nd August 2022

Wednesday, 10th August 2022 - Wednesday, 10th August 2022

Thursday, 18th August 2022 - Thursday, 18th August 2022

Friday, 26th August 2022 - Friday, 26th August 2022

Donkey Days
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Tuesday, 26th July 2022 - Tuesday, 26th July 2022

Friday, 5th August 2022 - Friday, 5th August 2022

Wednesday, 17th August 2022 - Wednesday, 17th August 2022

Make a Bird Box
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Wednesday, 27th July 2022 - Wednesday, 27th July 2022

Monday, 1st August 2022 - Monday, 1st August 2022

Thursday, 11th August 2022 - Thursday, 11th August 2022

Monday, 15th August 2022 - Monday, 15th August 2022

Wednesday, 24th August 2022 - Wednesday, 24th August 2022

Make a Mini Garden
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Friday, 29th July 2022 - Friday, 29th July 2022

Wednesday, 3rd August 2022 - Wednesday, 3rd August 2022

Monday, 22nd August 2022 - Monday, 22nd August 2022

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Tuesday, 16th August 2022 - Tuesday, 16th August 2022

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Friday, 19th August 2022 - Friday, 19th August 2022

21st Century Elton & Queen
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Saturday, 20th August 2022 - Saturday, 20th August 2022

21st Century Abba
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Facilities

Other

  • Electric car charging point

Accessibility

  • Disabled access - including wheelchair-friendly train carriages
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available - free hire

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee) - Online booking available up to day before visit

Catering

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

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome - play area, family events, free activity sheets

COVID-19 Response

  • 2m distancing in place
  • Advance booking essential
  • Capacity limit
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment possible
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • Floors clearly marked for social distancing
  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Hygiene screens in place
  • One way system
  • Online booking possible
  • Outside seating
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Socially distanced spaced seating
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands

Groups

  • Facilities for groups - special group rate available for groups of more than 15
  • Guided tours for groups

Parking

  • Car Charging
  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours for individuals
  • Postbox
  • Public toilets
  • WiFi or internet access

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

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    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Exbury's postcode for Sat Navs is SO45 1AZ.

    Exit M27 westbound at junction 2. Head south on A326 until you see brown tourism signs for Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway. Parking is free and charging for electric vehicles is also available.

    Public Transport Directions

    By bus (and foot): Take the 112 from Lymington, Hythe or Dibden Purlieu and alight at Hill Top Gate. Exbury is roughly a 45-minute walk (2.4 miles) south on Exbury Road and Summer Lane. During the summer months you can also take the New Forest Tour Bus (green route) which stops inside Exbury's car park every hour.

    By train: The closest train stations are Brockenhurst and Ashurst, which is roughly a 20-minute taxi ride to Exbury.

    Awards

    • 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
    • Trip Advisor AwardsTrip Advisor Travellers' Choice Trip Advisor Travellers' Choice 2020
    • Other AwardsGo New Forest Member Go New Forest Member 2018

    Opening Times

    * Open daily 19th March-31st October 2022, between 10am-5.30pm.

    Last admission 4.30pm, will close at dusk if earlier. The last steam train will usually depart at 3pm.

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