Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

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Exbury, Southampton,
Hampshire, SO45 1AZ

023 8089 1203

023 8089 9940


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Saturday 15th Mar - 2nd Nov 2014; Daily; 10 am - 5pm. Gates close 6pm or dusk if earlier.alternate phone- or 02380 245 750 During opening times, visit the Exbury website for up-to-date images of current flowering conditions.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

To book telephone 02380 245 750

Group Appointment: No
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

Spring Summer Autumn

To see:

Camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas, wisteria, bluebells, primroses and heathers Herbaceous and Grasses Garden, Exotic Garden & Hydrangeas Maples, Acers, Dogwoods, Nerines & fabulous fungi

Admission Prices

Normal Prices Including Gift Aid
Adult: £11.00, Group: (15 or more) £9.00, Children (over 3 years in age) £2.75, Family (2 adults 3 children) £24.75.
Railway Tickets: £4.00 per person (under 3's FREE), pre-booked group (15 ore more) £3.00.
Group Organiser free for Gardens and Train
Hop on Hop Off Buggy Tours available: £4.00 per person

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Buggy tours, free wheelchair loan, steam railway, Team Rooms, Gift Shop and Plant Sales. Guides available for groups if pre-booked. Regular art exhibitions, RHS Breakfast walks, Strawberries and Steam. Forthcoming special event from 15 March at Exbury: Lachenalia (Leopard Lily) Exhibition displaying in Five Arrows Gallery. Visit own website for details of many special events. http://www.exbury.co.uk/website/whats_on.aspx?m=3
Special Features, Events/Dates and other comments:
Four Seasons Art Exhibition: Sat 12 April - Sun 8 June 2014 - Distinguished artists concerned with all aspects of the natural world.
Easter at Exbury: Fri 18 - Mon 21 April 2014 - Surprises in store on the Railway - spot the Easter bunnies hiding in the woods. Follow a fun trail for children.
RHS New Forest Breakfast Walk: Sat 17 May 2014 - Starts at 8am with Head Gardener's tour of gardens including spectacular 'riot of colour' with locally sourced Full English breakfast, afterwards guests are welcome to continue exploring the Gardens at their leisure. Call 02380 245 750 for tickets.
Strawberries and Steam Evening(s): Fri 11 and Fri 18 July 2014 - Enjoy a fruit summer cocktail on arrival before boarding steam train for a trip on the Rhododendron Line. A delicious 2 course meal will then be served in Mr Eddy's Tea Rooms. Call 02380 245 750 for tickets.

Garden Features & Events
English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:

Nyssa and Oxydendrum - wonderful autumn colour

Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

The Montague Arms Master Builders Hotel, Bucklers Hard


Master Builders, Bucklers Hard

Inns & Pubs:

Fleur de Lys, Pilley Pilgrim Inn, Marchwood Master Builders Hotel, Bucklers Hard

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:


Description of Garden

A spectacular 200 acre woodland garden on the east bank of the Beaulieu River, world famous for the Rothschild collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias in spring. The daffodil meadow, rock garden, sundial garden, ponds, cascades and exotic trees ensure year round interest. The much-loved 12 1/4 inch gauge coal fired steam railway can 'Let the train take the strain' on a 1 1/4 mile journey around the Summer Lane Garden. Features of the ride include a bridge, a tunnel, travelling across a pond, along the top of the rock garden and across a viaduct to arrive at Exbury Central Station! Spectacular autumn colours.

History Of Garden

Exbury Gardens were the inspiration of Lionel Nathaniel Rothschild. He bought the Exbury Estate in 1919, and set about creating arguably the finest rhododendron woodland garden in the country. Lionel made his garden during the era of plant hunters such as Frank Kingdon Ward and George Forrest, who were bringing back seeds and specimens from the remote corners of Asia, and his enthusiasm was undoubtedly fired by their achievements.

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