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Furzey Gardens

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Address: School Lane | Lyndhurst, Minstead, New Forest SO43 7GL, England
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+44 23 8081 2464
10:00 - 17:00
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Located in Minstead, Hampshire, in the heart of New Forest yet just off the...

Located in Minstead, Hampshire, in the heart of New Forest yet just off the end of the M27, this informal 10 acre woodland garden contains an extensive collection of rare and beautiful plants from around the world. In the spring, banks of Azaleas and Rhododendrons dazzle with colour, secret paths lead through drifts of primulas and bulbs to quiet glades, while viewing areas provide outlooks over the New Forest. Flowering shrubs and trees continue the interest through the summer with a blaze of autumn colour at the end of the year.In the water garden flowering and foliage plants thrive both in and out of the lake, enhanced by a collection of conifers.Our award winning Chelsea Garden has been wonderfully recreated overlooking the lake after winning GOLD at RHS Chelsea in 2012.The waterfall leads into our reinstated water meadow.The gardens are wonderful for children. The shady play area has play houses, swing and even a "dry docked" play boat. There are plenty of places to picnic and play hide and seek. The gardens also hold a secret, there are over 30 tiny fairy doors hidden throughout the garden. Our wildflower meadow and cottage garden are great for spotting wildlife and you can take a step back in time when you enter our historic Furzey cottage. Delicious locally made cakes and sandwiches are available in the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop, which has plenty of seating inside, comfortable sofas upstairs and a pretty outside terrace overlooking the gardens. Browse the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop which showcases and sells a variety of local art, crafts and gifts including work undertaken by the students from the Minstead Training Trust. Those visitors who like to go home with a souvenir of the leafy variety will enjoy looking around our plant sales area where plants are very competitively priced. The Gardens are open all year round, and the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop is open from the beginning of March to the end of October 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm (last orders at 4.15pm). The Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop is free to enter and browse and enjoy a coffee, cake or light refreshment. Entry to the Gardens is by a set minimum donation, please pay in the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop. When the Gallery Gift and Coffee shop is closed please place donations in the box provided. The entry donation goes towards the upkeep of the gardens and to the work of the Charity in providing opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.

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This is such a wonderful place to visit. So much outdoor space. The colours and smells are wonderful. There is a magicial fairy trail to follow- I don't think we found them all... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Bethany L
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is such a wonderful place to visit. So much outdoor space. The colours and smells are wonderful. There is a magicial fairy trail to follow- I don't think we found them all! There is also a really good sized natural play area with swings, dens, houses and a boat! Perfect to bring a picnic and enjoy the outdoors with... More 

Thank Bethany L
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved it. Beautiful place full of spring colour and fairies. We stayed a couple of hours- much longer than we expected!

Thank HMRJ
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Apart from the high entrance fee (which is allegedly 'voluntary'), it is a jolly nice place, that is a delight to walk around, and the addition of the fairy-doors managed to keep two young girls thoroughly enthralled for three hours, and, for that, we were truly grateful. It's really rather charming, and certainly worthy of a visit.

Thank Steve41AndJane38
Letchworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The colours in spring are fantastic, it was our first visit. We took a picnic and there was a nice place to sit at a picnic table. Walking around the garden, first down to the lake to see their Chelsea Garden from 2012, then along the main garden path on a circular walk, the colours are absolutely marvellous, the garden... More 

Thank davidreedmedia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Didn't go in £16 for two is ott. No doubt nice, but would have felt ripped off. Tea for 2, one bag and hot water, £4.

Thank Ian B
FGCT, Public Relations Manager at Furzey Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Ian, We are sorry that you felt the pricing is dear. As a not for profit charity, all proceeds go straight back into the organisation to continue our work with supporting people with learning disabilities. We will pass on your feedback to the Gallery Coffee shop manager. More 

Bideford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What beautiful gardens, perfect for the whole family...as it unfolds down the many little pathways, finding hidden fairy gardens, picnic area, views, the touching Easter commemorative cross, woodland, lake etc...so much to see and enjoy. There just needs to be more WCs, preferably not unisex! Otherwise perfect. Well done to the Minstead Trust :)

Thank SymonsFamily
Weymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stumbled across the website for Furzey Gardens and decided to go along to see what it was like. My daughter (6) is amazed by fairies so when we saw there were fairy doors to find, that made the day look even more exciting. On arrival we were greeted by a really friendly man and guided to a car parking... More 

Thank Clairey9876
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've just had my first visit to Furzey and I had an absolutely wonderful time. The gardens are so beautiful and peaceful and yet fun too. The stunning collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and acers make April an excellent time of the year to visit. There is a lovely little cafe, with friendly staff and a little shop, selling pretty little... More 

Thank jjjjjjjj
Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic day out in beautiful gardens , friendly staff and grandchildren loved searching for the fairy doors. Highly recommended 😀

Thank SNOWY7281
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a very tough few days following a family bereavement we decided to venture out, enjoy the weather and breathe in some fresh air. Beautiful little finding in the forest. Thank you for your hospitality 🌿🌿🌿

Thank Sayra_thomo

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