Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
Exbury's beautiful woodland gardens offer peace, relaxation and tranquillity in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Covering 200 acres, the Gardens are world famous for rhododendrons and azaleas and were designated a "Camellia Garden of Excellence" in 2014. The Rock Garden and Heather Garden, primroses, daffodils, camellias and magnolias ensure early spring colour before bluebells, rhododendrons and azaleas burst into bloom. The spectacle of the Azalea Bowl is not to be missed in May. The summer months bring shady riverside walks and picnic opportunities next to ponds with carp and dragonflies. Hydrangeas are at their peak and showpiece exotics heat up the Herbaceous Borders and Sundial Garden.
Autumn arrives in a blaze of colour with waterside maples, sweet gums, dogwoods and Exbury's National Collection of Nyssa and Oxydendrum. Discover fabulous fungi and be dazzled by Exbury's Nerines (jewel lilies) in the Five Arrows Gallery. Stunning views throughout the seasons and the extensive array of rare trees and shrubs ensure year-round interest. A 20 minute trip aboard the 12 ¼ inch gauge Steam Railway is sure to delight visitors of all ages. The railway features include a bridge, tunnel and Dragonfly Pond while the Engine Shed hosts “The Dream That Became Steam” walkthrough exhibition.
Opening times: 11 March – 4 November daily 10am – 4.30pm last admission. Gates close 6pm or dusk if earlier.
Admission Rates: Gift aid admission rates: Adult £11.50, Children (3 – 15yrs) £4.40, Under 3’s: FREE, Family ticket (2 adults + 3 children) £27.40. Railway and buggy service extra charge.
Group Rates: Minimum group size is 15 paying adults. Admission is £9.00 per person, Group Organiser and Coach Driver incentives
Facilities: Plant Sales (April – June), Tea Rooms, Picnic Areas
Disabled access: Yes. Toilets and parking for disabled on site. Wheelchairs available on free loan. Accessible carriages on train. Carers admitted free of charge on 1:1 basis to Gardens.
Tours / events: Guided tours of Gardens (including specialist interest) and “Meet & Greets” are available.
Full listing of special events and exhibitions on Exbury website.
Coach parking: Yes, free.
Length of visit: 2 ½ - 3 ½ hours min, but between 4-6 hours in main flowering season, April / May.
Booking contact: Reception. Exbury Gardens, Estate Office, Exbury, Southampton, Hants SO45 1AZ.
Telephone: 023 80 891203
Fax: 023 80 899940
Location: Junction 2 west of M27, just follow A326 to Fawley, off B3054, 3 miles from Beaulieu, in New Forest National Park. B&W signposted.