Furzey Gardens


School Lane, Minstead, Near Lyndhurst, SO43 7GL

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Furzey Gardens is an informal woodland garden nestled in a tranquil New Forest setting, full of dozens of fairy doors to enchant visitors of all ages.

The garden is well known for its riotous spring colour and stunning autumn leaves, as well as its charming thatched tea rooms serving drinks, cakes and light snacks.

The peaceful 10 acre woodland gardens includes dozens of fairy doors, play area, lake with duck house, 16th century thatched cottage, recreated gold medal winning RHS Chelsea show garden, tea rooms and plant sales.

The thatched tea rooms are free to enter and are the perfect place to meet with friends whatever the weather and enjoy the views from the covered terrace.

The gardens are run by local charity Minstead Trust, providing training and work experience in an inspirational setting where people with learning disabilities can learn new skills in horticulture and hospitality.

Fruzey Gardens through the seasons

Spring - the garden starts the year with a display with thousands of crocus, daffodils and bluebells, soon followed by our renowned collection of azaleas and rhododendrons, including rare species from the pre-hybridisation era. Drifts of primulas lead to quiet scented glades full of ferns and foxgloves and the sound of insects busy collecting nectar.

Summer - there are large herbaceous plantings around the cottage garden and many other borders which carry the colour and scent on through the season, as well as a range of summer flowering shrubs.

Autumn - this season is a blaze of colour. Particularly outstanding are our collections of maples, liquidamber and sorbus. In the spring the air is heavy with scent from rhododendron luteum, viburnum carlcephalum and osmanthus delaveyi.

Winter - the collection of heathers at Furzey provides bloom through the colder months and the erica x darleyensis Furzey, which originated in this garden, is now accepted worldwide as one of the best winter-flowering hybrids.

Guide Prices

Entrance to Furzey Gardens is by donation, suggested amounts:

Adults: £8
Children (ages 4-16): £4.50
Children under 4: free
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children): £24
Disabled visitor and helper: free

Furzey Gardens members have free access throughout the year. Visit three times and you will have covered your membership donation.

We are proud to be an RHS Partner Garden. RHS members are entitled to free access on a Wednesday (one member only).

We also offer two for one entrance on a Wednesday to Go New Forest card holders and BBC Gardeners' World Magazine card holders.

Entrance to Furzey Gardens Tea Rooms is free.



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area - Bug Barn available to hire
  • Facilities for educational visits - School groups welcome
  • Guided tours for groups - Free monthly guided walk

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Mobile phone coverage


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted



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    Road Directions

    Furzey Gardens is one mile south of the Minstead junction of the A31 junction and can also be accessed from the A337 from Cadnam to Lyndhurst.  The nearest railway station is Brockenhurst, which is nine miles away.


    • Other AwardsGo New Forest Card Go New Forest Card 2018
    • Other AwardsGo New Forest Member Go New Forest Member 2018

    Opening Times

    Season (29 Mar 2019 - 3 Nov 2019)
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30
    Bank Holiday10:00 - 16:30
    Season (3 Nov 2019 - 8 Dec 2019)
    Monday - ThursdayClosed
    Friday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00

    * Tea Rooms open 10am to 4.30pm during summer season, 10am to 3.30pm Fri-Sun in winter. Garden remains open until dusk.

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