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Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Exbury, New Forest SO45 1AZ, England
+44 23 8089 1203
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Nice gardens

We had a very nice stroll around the gardens, it certainly would be quite colourful in the spring... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Southampton, United Kingdom

Lovely gardens and other small attractions. Really recommended! Plenty to see and do with excellent... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Farnborough, United Kingdom
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Exbury's beautiful woodland gardens cover 200 acres and is a jewel in the heart of the New Forest National Park. 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 perfect picnic spots 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 acers. Exbury also has a 12¼ inch gauge Steam Railway which delights visitors of all ages and the 20 minute journey passes by the fabulous Rock and Summer Lane Gardens. Children will love the play area, discovery trails, scavenger hunts, bug hunting and special events that run throughout the year. The Tea Room offers a delicious hot and cold seasonal menu, afternoon tea and more.
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  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Exbury, New Forest SO45 1AZ, England
+44 23 8089 1203
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a very nice stroll around the gardens, it certainly would be quite colourful in the spring, I'm surprised that there hasn't been more planted for summer colour if you are expecting visitors all year round. We started towards the rock gardens area and...More

Thank ali622
Reviewed 5 days ago

Lovely gardens and other small attractions. Really recommended! Plenty to see and do with excellent walks for the energetic.

Thank MarkMahoney
Reviewed 5 days ago

Picked Exbury Gardens on the basis of positive reviews. Place did not disappoint. My two year old loved the steam train ride and my five year old didn't want to leave the childrens activity area. Parents particularly enjoyed the walk around the Hydrangea and herbaceous...More

Thank SujonSamanta
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited mid August with two children (11 & 17). A bit frustrated that you are only considered a child until the age of 15 and paying the adult price for 16/17 year old seemed a bit off as there wasn't anything special to justify a...More

Thank 5kids2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my second visit within 10 years. The first time I visited was in the April, but this time I visited in mid may which was not as good as April. This was due to the hot weather we had at the time which...More

Thank ciderboy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been meaning to visit here for a few years and finally made it! A beautiful day for an awful lot of walking. We looked at the map and decided we would try to see as much as possible and planned our route. We...More

Thank JacqR45
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of walking and perhaps not the most engaging for two young children, but the art activity bag kept them entertained. Steam railway was enjoyed by all of us. Friendly staff (except for the lady at the ticket desk!).

1  Thank Amy492
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Exbury gardens during a tour on the new forest bus. Great service at the entrance although it was very pricy even with the 20% discount. We loved the 20 min train ride through the garden and the staff manning the train were excellent,...More

1  Thank Tulah77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tried to visit and said it was closed because of bad weather. Not sure why as that was yesterday!! The British weather was fine today and the bad weather was yesterday!More

Thank Alex1979
Exbury G, Public Relations Manager at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Alex, We are sorry that we were closed on the day that you chose to visit us. The day in question was on Thursday 3rd August, the day after the heavy rainfall. Very high winds had been forecast after the rain and after careful...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived in the late afternoon, so before writing anything more, I accept that we did not have a lot of time to spare before closing time. However...... As we parked, we could see the steam train which I had thought would be a good...More

Thank Northbrook
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24 April 2017|
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Response from christopher s | Reviewed this property |
As far as we know - carers enter free on arrival .... The enquiries office is really helpful - I would call to make sure your trip has no surprises etc. Enjoy
14 April 2017|
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Response from Simon B | Reviewed this property |
Hello Exbury is a little remote, though you can get the train from Southampton to Bournemouth, stopping at Beulieu Road Station in the New Forest. From there probably easier and quicker to get a taxi straight to Exbury... More
11 April 2017|
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Response from Exbury G | Property representative |
Hi Susie, carers entry into Exbury is free. Do feel free to ring us on 02380 891203 if you'd like any more information. With kind regards, The Exbury Team