Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Type:Outdoor

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

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  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

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Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway is now open!

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, fantastic restaurant, plus much more!

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 2021
In 2021 Exbury will be encouraging visitors to rediscover nature as part of their ‘Wild Exbury’ campaign. Interactive family events will include bushcraft, nature trails, pond dipping, plus much more. We will also be unveiling Dragonfly Pond, the New River Walk and our Sakura Cherry Orchard in 2021, which have never before been enjoyed by the public!

Steam Railway
(Opening 12th April 2021)
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
£14.30 (gift aid) £13.00 (standard)

Child
£4.95 (gift aid) £4.50 (standard)

Under 3s
FREE

Carers
FREE (gardens only)

Membership also available from just £45!

Events

Saturday, 17th July 2021 - Sunday, 5th September 2021

Look Twice Artists Exhibition
more info

Tuesday, 3rd August 2021 - Tuesday, 3rd August 2021

Wednesday, 11th August 2021 - Wednesday, 11th August 2021

Thursday, 19th August 2021 - Thursday, 19th August 2021

Friday, 27th August 2021 - Friday, 27th August 2021

Donkey Day
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Thursday, 5th August 2021 - Thursday, 5th August 2021

Tuesday, 10th August 2021 - Tuesday, 10th August 2021

Wednesday, 18th August 2021 - Wednesday, 18th August 2021

Monday, 23rd August 2021 - Monday, 23rd August 2021

Mini garden making
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Friday, 6th August 2021 - Friday, 6th August 2021

Friday, 20th August 2021 - Friday, 20th August 2021

Bushcraft
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Saturday, 7th August 2021 - Saturday, 7th August 2021

Saturday, 21st August 2021 - Saturday, 21st August 2021

Bug Hotel making
more info

Saturday, 14th August 2021 - Saturday, 14th August 2021

Abba tribute night - live in the gardens
more info

Monday, 16th August 2021 - Monday, 16th August 2021

Bird box making
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Wednesday, 25th August 2021 - Wednesday, 25th August 2021

A Midsummer Night's Dream - live theatre in the gardens
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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 29th March-31st October 2021, 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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