Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
The Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre 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.
Early spring sees the magnolias and camellias burst into flower, whilst the Daffodil Meadow is a carpet of vibrant gold. In mid-spring the rhododendrons and azaleas are at their peak and full of vibrant colour, and the woodland is carpeted in swathes of primroses and bluebells.
The stunning Azalea Bowl is a magnet for visitors from around the world in early May. The full bloom of the Herbaceous and Grasses Garden and Exotic Garden announces the arrival of summer, with cool and shady riverside walks, family trails and picnics by the ponds.
Autumn follows bringing spectacular displays of colour from the Japanese maples, deciduous azaleas and dogwoods that flourish. Exbury's spectacular nerine collection is not to be missed at this time of year- nor are the Gardens National Collection of Nyssa and Oxydendrum.
The popular narrow gauge steam railway takes visitors on a magical journey around the northeast corner of the Gardens and through the Summer Lane Garden planted with bulbs, herbaceous perennials and grasses. The jouney lasts 20 minues and features include a bridge, tunnel, viaduct and 'Exbury North' halt. The railway runs journeys every day the Gardens are open.
Watch out for Exbury's events programme, including guided walks with the Head Gardener, Exhibitions, Ghost Train and Santa Specials.
Facilities at Exbury include a Gift Shop, Restaurant and Tearooms and chauffeur driven buggy tours. Dogs are welcome in the Garden and on the railway provided they are kept on a short lead. Parking is free. The Garden also has venues licensed for Civil Weddings.
In December 2011 the Gardens were awarded the prestigious Hudson's Heritage UK "Best Garden" award.
Admission including voluntary Gift Aid - Adult: £11.00; Senior/Concession: £10.50; Children: FREE
Exbury Gardens are in the beautiful New Forest, near Beaulieu and just 20 minutes from junction 2 of the M27.
The Gardens postcode is SO45 1AZ. Using both junction 3 and junction 2 of the M27 will eventually see you driving along the A326, from where brown and white tourism signs will guide you to the Gardens from the Heath roundabout the entrance to the New Forest.
March to November. See website.
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