Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Exbury Gardens look forward to welcoming you back from 29th March 2021. (Steam railway will re-open April 12th) 

More than 100 years in the making, Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway is a spectacular collection of landscaped woodland, herbaceous, contemporary and formal gardens, in a unique riverside location. Exbury also boasts a narrow-gauge steam railway that travels through the gardens, plus a play area, fantastic restaurant and much more!

New for 2021

In 2021 Exbury will be encouraging visitors to rediscover nature as part of their ‘Wild Exbury’ campaign. Interactive family events will include bushcraft, nature trails, pond dipping, plus much more. We will also be unveiling Dragonfly Pond, the New River Walk and our Sakura Cherry Orchard in 2021, which have never before been enjoyed by the public!


Inspire a love of the outdoors in little ones as they run, play and discover in Exbury's unique riverside gardens. Feed giant koi carp and golden orfe fish at Top Pond, complete a range of free activity sheets and let off steam in the play area. They also have baby changing facilities at all lavatory blocks. Check out their brilliant events tailored for children and families at www.exbury.co.uk.

Steam Railway

Exbury's narrow-gauge railway departs from replica Victorian station ‘Exbury Central’ and travels through a tunnel, over a bridge, round the new Dragonfly Pond and through the Summer Lane Garden, which is only accessible by train.


Many of Exbury’s paths are wheelchair accessible and are signposted on visitor maps. The steam railway has carriages specially adapted to accommodate wheelchair users and their companions. There’s also free wheelchair hire, accessible parking, free gardens admission for carers and accessible lavatory facilities.

Food and Drink

Exbury boasts three catering options: Mr Eddy’s Restaurant serving delicious hot meals and hot and cold snacks and refreshments, the Old Tennis Courts outdoor café; serving sandwiches, drinks and cakes, and pop-up food outlets; regularly including gluten-free and vegan caterers. Bringing your own lunch? Exbury also has a number of picnic tables in beautiful surroundings for visitors to use.

Whether you’re visiting for a quiet riverside walk, a delightful family day out or to admire their unique plants, a fantastic day can be had by all at Exbury!

Open daily 1st March-31st October 2021, between 10am-5.30pm*.

*Last admission 4.30pm, will close at dusk if earlier. The last steam train will usually depart at 3pm. Steam railway opening times may differ from gardens due to COVID-19 restrictions.


Adult -  £14.30 (gift aid) £13.00 (standard)

Child - £4.95 (gift aid) £4.50 (standard)

Under 3s - Free

Railway - £5.50


Exbury, New Forest, Southampton, Hampshire, SO45 1AZ
023 8089 1203 Visit website