Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

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Exbury Gardens Limited, Summer Lane Exbury
SO45 1AZ

  • General Enquiries: 023 8089 1203
  • Box Office: 023 8024 5750
  • 24 Hour Information: 023 8089 9422
  • Restaurant & Tea Rooms: 023 8089 8737

The Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre (100 hectare) site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. This earthly paradise offers a riot of colour in spring, an oasis of tranquility in summer followed by a splendid show as the leaves change in the autumn. Discover Exbury’s hidden beauty and escape the cares of the world as you explore a myriad of pathways. Let the train take the strain on a 20 minute journey or ride a chauffeur driven buggy to tour the Gardens. The Gardens open on Saturday 14th March 2015 open daily from 10am - 5pm last admission (or dusk if earlier) until Sun 8 November 2015. Mr Eddy’s Tearooms, Art Gallery, Gift Shop and Plant Sales share the same visiting hours as the Gardens The Steam Railway runs every day the Gardens are open, with trains departing Exbury Central Station throughout the day. (See website for timetable) Exbury Gardens were awarded "Best Garden Winner" in the Hudson's Heritage Awards of 2011 and Gardeners World voted Exbury as one of the top places in the country to see Camellias being awarded "Camellia Garden of Excellence" 2014. The original Camellia Walk skirts the south-east edge of Home Wood. The New Camellia Walk, planted out with many American and New Zealand hybrids and magnolias, provides an interesting contrast in styles.

Further information

Opening Hours:

10:00am - 5:00pm Sat 14th March 2015 - Sun 8th November 2015


Gardens Admission High Season dates 13.04.15-17.05.15 incl. Adult (High Season) £12.10* £11.00 Adult (Low Season) £11.00* £10.00 Family (High Season) £25.85* £24.75 Family (Low Season) £23.50 £22.50 Children (age 3-15 years) £2.75* £ 2.50 Under 3's Free * Gift Aided Prices Group (10 or more paying) £10.00 £ 9.00 Railway Tickets £4.00 Buggy Tickets £4.00 http://www.exbury.co.uk/website/times_prices.aspx

Travel directions:

By road: 20 minutes south of junction 2, M27 West. Take A326 following the brown tourist signs to Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway. Approximate driving times: Southampton 30 minutes; Bournemouth 45 minutes; Oxford 1 hour 30 minutes; London 2 hours. By train: The nearest station is Brockenhurst, New Forest, taxi journey approx 20 mins By bus: New Forest Tour bus operates from June - September.

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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's play area
  • High chairs in café/restaurant
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan
  • Cafeteria
  • Dogs welcome
  • Gardens open to public
  • Licensed bar
  • Parking for coaches
  • Picnic area
  • Public car park
  • Refreshments
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Education facilities available
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups

Facilities information:

Steam Train Rides, Chauffeur Driven Buggy Hop on Hop Off Service, Art Gallery, Wedding Venues, Guided Walks, Restaurant, wheelchair loan non-bookable.


  • Activities for pre-school children
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • General guide to collections available
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • Guided tours
  • Information point provided
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Volunteering scheme offered

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