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Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

Family enjoying a relaxing day at Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

Exbury Gardens look forward to welcoming you back from 19th March 2022.

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, a variety of catering outlets to suit all appetites and much more!

New for 2022

Children can enjoy an exciting new log trail made from old oak, beech and Scot’s pine trees. Youngsters will be encouraged to walk from one end of the trail to the other without touching the ground, whilst learning about the different bark textures.  At the end of the trail there is a giant throne where they can take a well-earned rest.


Exbury will be encouraging families to rediscover nature as part of their ‘Wild Exbury’ campaign. Interactive family events will include bushcraft, nature trails, pond dipping, plus much more. Inspire a love of the outdoors in little ones as they run, play, and discover in Exbury’s unique riverside gardens. Complete a range of free activity sheets and let off steam in the play area. Exbury welcomes well behaved dogs as long as they are on a lead – they even sell doggie ice cream!  There are baby changing facilities at all lavatory blocks.  Check out their brilliant events tailored for children and families at

Steam Railway

Exbury’s narrow-gauge railway departs from replica Victorian station ‘Exbury Central’ and travels through a tunnel, over a bridge, round the 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 several 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 19th March-31st October 2022, 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 – £14.85 (gift aid) £13.50 (standard)

Child – £5.50 (gift aid) £5.00(standard)

Under 3s – Free

Railway – £5.50

For more ideas of places to go nearby see our What’s On Guide

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