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Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Exbury Estate Office Summer Lane, Exbury, New Forest SO45 1AZ, England
+44 23 8089 1203
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Stunning garden

The gardens are beautiful, and it's a pleasure to get lost in the surroundings for a day. Bring a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Truthspeaker2018
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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
Xmas Fayre

We saw a flyer for the Fayre in Lyndhurst and grabbed it knowing my twin daughters would love to go... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2018
TripDivaHampshireUK
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Hampshire UK
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Exbury's beautiful woodland gardens cover 200 acres and is a jewel in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Primroses, daffodils, camellias and magnolias ensure early spring colour before bluebells, rhododendrons and azaleas burst into bloom. The spectacle of the Azalea Bowl is not to be missed in May. The summer months bring shady riverside walks and perfect picnic spots next to ponds with carp and dragonflies. Hydrangeas are at their peak and showpiece exotics heat up the Herbaceous Borders and Sundial Garden. Autumn arrives in a blaze of colour with waterside maples, sweet gums, dogwoods and acers. Exbury also has a 12¼ inch gauge Steam Railway which delights visitors of all ages and the 20 minute journey passes by the fabulous Rock and Summer Lane Gardens. Children will love the play area, discovery trails, scavenger hunts, bug hunting and special events that run throughout the year. The Tea Room offers a delicious hot and cold seasonal menu, afternoon tea and more.
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  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“exbury gardens” (124 reviews)
“buggy ride” (57 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Exbury Estate Office Summer Lane, Exbury, New Forest SO45 1AZ, England
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+44 23 8089 1203

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens are beautiful, and it's a pleasure to get lost in the surroundings for a day. Bring a picnic in the summer or the cafe is exceptional. Wonderful cream teas. The downside was the train tour, whilst the train it's self was fun there...More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

We saw a flyer for the Fayre in Lyndhurst and grabbed it knowing my twin daughters would love to go when they visited me. I did not notice the flyers anywhere else and I live in the New Forest....maybe I do not frequent the places...More

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Exbury G, Public Relations Manager at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

Thank you for your feedback and we are so pleased that you enjoyed the Fair and coming to Exbury. Will be sure to pass on your comments to the Fair organisers and very much hope that you will come back to visit us again when...More

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Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

A great afternoon out switch family and getting in the festive mood. Lots of interesting stalls. Had tea in the tearoom which was fine but they seem to struggle with busy times.

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Exbury G, Public Relations Manager at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

Many thanks for your feedback and we are so pleased you enjoyed the Fair and coming to Exbury! We very much hope to see you here again when we re-open on the 11th March. With kind regards, The Exbury Team

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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Such a beautiful place to visit. My husband and I went in October and had such a great time we bought an annual pass. Great value. I have seen you can spend around 45 minutes here but our visits have always been for hours. We...More

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Exbury G, Public Relations Manager at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 10 January 2018

Many thanks for your comments about the gardens and we really appreciate you taking the time to write about your visit. We are delighted too that you've become a season ticket holder and we very much hope you enjoy each season because it is so...More

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Reviewed 7 November 2017

a great way to see the gardens for the less mobile, was on a our on a 10 seater buggy with a knowledgeable guide out for 45 mins nd went all over.

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

We visited in October. Beautiful autumn colours. Good Nerine display in gallery. Very peaceful and relaxing. very friendly, helpful staff. Enjoyed ride on train.More

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Exbury G, Public Relations Manager at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Dear Christine, Thank you very much for your feedback which we've passed on to the relevant teams and we were delighted that you enjoyed your visit here so much. We very much hope to see you here again next year. With kind regards, The Exbury...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2017

We went today and although the plants were not in flower there was still plenty to see & explore. Since it was a weekday and the gardens are huge it was really quiet which made it more enjoyable than a weekend. The range of trees...More

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Reviewed 31 October 2017

I booked 4 places on the Halloween Train at at cost of £44+ for two adults and two children for Saturday 28th October. The children were very excited at the prospect of the train ride! The ride was very unprofessionally organised with cheap props on...More

3  Thank Jill N
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Exbury G, Public Relations Manager at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

Dear Jill, Thank you for writing to us as we very much appreciate feedback from our visitors. The cost for our Halloween event is a fixed price for both gardens entry and the train and included spooky trails around the gardens and a Halloween craft...More

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Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Not visited here in many years,but read all about Halloween goings on and it looked great so took kids along Priced at over £32 for 1 adult 2 children this isn't at all cheap The train is good and the spooky trails are also good...More

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Exbury G, Public Relations Manager at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

Thank you for your review and we are sorry that you didn't enjoy the Halloween train this year. It is a delicate balancing act to create a story suitable for the vast age range that ride the train (which includes very young children), and changes...More

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

If you are interested in gardens displaying every type of plant/shrub flowering through the seasons then this is the place for keen gardeners. This will have been my 6th visit this year as it's one of my favourite gardens. There is approx 200 acres, with...More

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freddiesimmo
23 April 2017|
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Response from christopher s | Reviewed this property |
As far as we know - carers enter free on arrival .... The enquiries office is really helpful - I would call to make sure your trip has no surprises etc. Enjoy
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AuraUk
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Response from Simon B | Reviewed this property |
Hello Exbury is a little remote, though you can get the train from Southampton to Bournemouth, stopping at Beulieu Road Station in the New Forest. From there probably easier and quicker to get a taxi straight to Exbury... More
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Susieboouk
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Response from Exbury G | Property representative |
Hi Susie, carers entry into Exbury is free. Do feel free to ring us on 02380 891203 if you'd like any more information. With kind regards, The Exbury Team
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