Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
A Journey Through ParadiseA visit to Exbury is unforgettable. Created by Lionel de Rothschild in the 1920s, the Gardens are a stunning vision of his inspiration, offering 200 acres of natural beauty and horticultural variety. The Gardens are host to many rare and venerable species, yet they continue to evolve under the careful direction of the current Rothschild family.
Today, the world famous displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias still delight all who see them and there are always new areas of planting underway.
A Garden For All SeasonsExbury reflects the changing moods of nature. Early spring sees the magnolias and azaleas at their peak and full of vibrant colour.
The full bloom of the Exotic Garden and Herbaceous Gardens announces the arrival of summer. This is the best time to enjoy travelling through the Summer Lane Garden on the steam train.
Autumn follows bringing spectacular displays of colour from the Japanese maples, deciduous azaleas and dogwoods that flourish. National Collection holder for Nyssa and Oxydendron (autumn interest).
Exbury Steam RailwayWhy not let 'the train take the strain' on a magical journey around the northeast corner of the Gardens?
Travel over a bridge, through a tunnel and across a pond in the Summer Lane Garden; along the top of the rock Garden and across a viaduct to 'Exbury North' in the America Garden.
It's great fun for all the family and a day out at Exbury that the weather cannot spoil!
Summer Lane GardenSummer Lane Garden is a naturalistic garden consisting of huge swathes of herbaceous perennials and grasses set within a strong woodland structure to create a summer flowering garden with year round interest. Inspired by Piet Oudolf, it has a contemporary and innovative style and can only be seen from the train.
Restaurant and Tea GardensTake a break at the newly refurbished Mr Eddy's Restaurant & Tearooms with menu options including light snacks, cream teas and lunches or try the Tennis Court Tea Gardens (opening times dependent on weather).
The Gift ShopThe Gift Shop is packed with hundreds of gift ideas, you do not have to visit the gardens to enjoy browsing for that perfect gift or a treat for yourself.
Plant CentreYou can grow exquisite varieties of the famous Exbury rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias at home, thanks to the well-stocked plant centre. A wide range of other shrubs, including herbaceous perennials are on sale and the knowledgeable staff will advise you on the best types for your garden.
Meet & Greet - Guided ToursAn ideal way to learn more about Exbury Gardens and its history. Available by prior arrangement (023 8089 1203). Subject to an extra charge.
Chauffeur Driven Buggy ToursWhy not tour the gardens in comfort? The Chauffeur driven buggies accommodate up to seven passengers and complete a tour of the gardens in 45 minutes. Subject to availability and small extra charge. Please note that there may be delays for the buggies on busy days in May.
You are welcome to visit the Plant Centre, Gift Shop and Mr Eddy's Restaurant without entering the Gardens.
Dogs Are Welcome - On A Short Lead.
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