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Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

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Address: Exbury, New Forest SO45 1AZ, England
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+44 23 8089 1203

Exbury Gardens is home to the world-famous Rothschild Collection of...

Exbury Gardens is home to the world-famous Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, rare trees and shrubs, in the beautiful New Forest. Offering peace, relaxation and tranquility - a day spent at Exbury is a day spent in paradise. Created in the 1920s, the gardens extend over 200 acres of natural beauty that echo to the names of the famous plant hunters. Explore on foot, by chauffeur-driven buggy tour or travel on the Exbury Gardens Steam Railway. Mr Eddy's Restaurant and Tearooms; Plant Centre and Gift Shop; free parking. VAQAS assessed.

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Fabulous for a walk

Lovely gardens, caught the end of the rhododendron flowering period which was good. Nice ride on the train for 20 minutes but no commentary. Lunch in the restaurant was good... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice if you like walking and manmade plants. Pretty. Smells good! We found some ground nesting bees which was quite exciting!! Never seen that before. The fish are huge and plentiful, also loads of tadpoles! The signage is awful - sends you in circles or to nowhere... Very confusing and they should probably consider redoing it. Prices of snacks once... More 

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely gardens, caught the end of the rhododendron flowering period which was good. Nice ride on the train for 20 minutes but no commentary. Lunch in the restaurant was good. Little overpriced on the entry fees.

1 Thank RMDTrips
Hastings, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a "must see" for anybody who loves gardens, particularly rhododendrons and azaleas. It is well sign posted and easy to find and has plenty of parking. The gardens are signposted so that it is easy to find the various areas of interest and the steam train, which is a narrow gauge train, is definitely worth going on. If... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Timing is of the utmost importance when paying a visit to these gardens. By the last week in May some of the flowers have just started to wither.However there is still plenty to see and the whole place is expertly maintained. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip round on the buggy. Had tea in the cafeteria which we enjoyed and staff... More 

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We headed straight towards the river after working out where the bridge was. The kids were collecting petals from the floor and investigating in the trees. Lovely views around the ponds, cascades and by the river. The train was fun and the playground was empty so the kids had a fun time.

1 Thank hooleyholmezonhols
Wareham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really nice gardens, especially this time of the year when the rhododendrons are in flower. Plenty of trails to explore all over the gardens including a nice walk to a view over the Beaulieu river. The steam train ride is also great but does add quite a bit extra to the entry fee. Kids will love it though.

1 Thank Mark B
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a huge garden with well maintained paths well worth the walk to see the views over the river. The steam train was surprisingly good a must if you have children. This is very much a spring garden we visited on 25th May when most of the truly stunning azaleas had finish. We were given a small discount on... More 

1 Thank David S
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited on a very warm day and after a 80 minute journey started with a tea and coffee and wanted something to eat....there was lots of cake and some hot dishes, but the only cold savoury items were sandwiches and the choice was limited ( this was 12:30, so they hadn't run out ) only ham and tomato or... More 

1 Thank BertheUK
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Took the grand babies (3 & 2) . We loved the beautiful colours of the rhododendrons and azaleas. Adventure playground for the kids.Buy fish food at the entrance for £1 and feed the fish in the top lake, they come right up and you can practically drop the food in their open mouths! Good choice of food but not cheap,... More 

1 Thank Lyn G
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Visited recently to see the rhododendrons & azaleas which had gone slightly over but the gardens were beautiful in the lovely sunny spring weather. Took the steam train which was a fun ride before walking around the gardens. Enjoyed the river walk, the reflection in the ponds & all the lovely colours. The only disappointing thing was the quality of... More 

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