Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway


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

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Now celebrating more than 100 years, Exbury Gardens is a spectacular collection of woodland, herbaceous, contemporary, formal and wildflower gardens. At over 200 acres, these impressive gardens (created and managed by the Rothschild family) border the Beaulieu River and boast a narrow-gauge steam railway, plus a newly refurbished restaurant and an outdoor cafe.

For families

Inspire a love of the outdoors in little ones as they run, play and discover in Exbury's unique riverside gardens. Families can feed giant koi carp and golden orfe fish at Top Pond, complete a range of free activity sheets and let off steam in the wooden play area. Visiting during the school holidays? Check out our brilliant events tailored to children and families.

For garden lovers

Capture Exbury’s hidden beauty and escape the cares of the world as you explore a myriad of pathways lined with rare trees and shrubs at your own pace. Seasonal highlights include:


1. Camellia Walk
2. Azalea Bowl
3. Home Wood (magnolias and hybrid rhododendrons)
4. Daffodil Meadow/River of gold (spring bulbs)
5. Sundial Garden (wisteria)


1. Centenary Garden (ginkgos, roses and ornamental grasses) NEW FOR 2019!
2. Iris Garden (replanted and refurbished in 2018)
3. Sundial Garden (dahlias, salvias and ornamental gingers)
4. Hydrangea Walk
5. Herbaceous Garden (peonies, rudbeckias and kniphofias)


1. Top Pond (swamp cypress, nyssa and deciduous acers)
2. Jubilee Hill (nyssas and acers)
3. Mrs Lionel's Seat (gunneras, acers and tree ferns)
4. Maple Walk
5. The Park (tulip tree, oriental plane tree and red oaks)

Plant centre open in spring selling rhododendrons, azaleas and other spring shrubs.

For everyone

A large number of Exbury's paths are wheelchair accessible and are marked clearly around the gardens. The steam railway has carriages specially adapted to accomodate wheelchair users and their companions. There's also free wheelchair hire, accessible parking, free gardens admission for carers and an accessible toilet at all lavatory facilities. Exbury also offers guided buggy tours for just £5.50 per person that aims to show all the seasonal highlights in a 45-minute round trip.

Are you a dog owner? Four-legged friends are welcome at Exbury and can even ride the train!


Guide Prices

£8.80 (gift aid) £8.00 (standard)

£3.30 (gift aid) £3.00 (standard)

Under 3s

FREE (gardens only)

Membership also available from just £45!



  • Electric car charging point


  • 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


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


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

COVID-19 Response

  • Eat Out to Help Out


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


  • French signs/guides
  • German signs/guides


  • 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.


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    • Visit EnglandVisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2019
    • Other AwardsGo New Forest Member Go New Forest Member 2018

    Opening Times

    * 10:00 - 16:00

    Last admission 14:30, gates are locked at 17:00.

    OPEN DURING LOCKDOWN - until 20th December 2020. Reopens for spring season in March 2021.

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