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Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

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About Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good day out with the family. Perfect to get the children out and explore. Looking for something to do where we hadn’t been before. The train was the main thing that pulled us here. There is a decent cafe in site. The kids enjoyed themselves...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 19 December 2018 via mobile

Train journey was great for grand children. Cafe served PROPER coffee. You need at least 3 hours to do the beautiful gardens justice. Access and paths was 99% okay for mobility scooter, just a couple of very steep slopes to avoid. A good day out.

Date of experience: October 2018
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ExburyG, Guest Relations Manager at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2018

Hi there, Thank you so much for your 5* review. Your fantastic comments will be passed on to the relevant team. The cafe will especially be glad to hear that you enjoyed the coffee. All the best, The Exbury Team

Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

We went with daughter and grandchildren. The main reason for going was the steam train which we enjoyed. However I thought the attempt at a Christmas theme was pretty poor. Inflatable snowmen/Santa tethered at intervals around the track. Santa sat on chair, no grotto, no...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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ExburyG, Guest Relations Manager at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2018

Hi there, We're really sorry that you were disappointed by our Christmas event. Thank you so much for giving feedback though, this enables us to make positive changes to next year's events and understand what our customer's want. Looking forward to seeing you again in...More

Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

Six of us visited Exbury today, ages ranging from 6-75, and we all had a fantastic time! We didn’t stop laughing and smiling! The two elves (one young lady and one young lad) were absolutely brilliant! As soon as we got out of the car...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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ExburyG, Guest Relations Manager at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2018

Hi Jodie, Thank you so much for this astounding review. We're so glad that your family had such a good time. All of your comments will be passed on to the relevant teams and actors. Looking forward to seeing you next Christmas! All the best,...More

Reviewed 1 December 2018 via mobile

A bit rainy but good service from all the staff we encountered from the car park, cafes, gate staff etc and a lovely venue to explore. A really nice Christmas market which makes a change from the usual hussle and bussle of the town centre...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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ExburyG, Guest Relations Manager at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2018

Hi there, Thank you so much for this brilliant review! We're so glad you enjoyed the New Forest Christmas Fair and will pass on your comments to the organisers. Many thanks, The Exbury Team

Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

Fantastic Xmas market something for everyone !!!!!!! “Loved” Arthur J Hawke great products for the man with a beard (five stars)

Date of experience: November 2018
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ExburyG, Guest Relations Manager at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2018

Hi there, Thank you so much for your 5* review. I will pass your comments on to the organisers of the New Forest Christmas Fair. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

If you ever dreamed of driving a steam engine in beautiful surroundings with plenty of curves,hills and stations Exbury has got to be one of the best places. I had nearly eight hours of expert tuition from Allan and plenty of lively conversation with Ian...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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ExburyG, Guest Relations Manager at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2018

Dear John, Thank you for your 5* review. Its wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your footplate experience with our Railway team. Our Railway Foreman is famous for his lively conversation and has said a fantastic day was had by all! We hope to see...More

Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

This was our first visit to Exbury Gardens and steam railway. We walked around part of the gardens with the dog and then went on a buggy tour of places we hadn't already seen. The buggy tour guides name was Jack who was an excellent...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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ExburyG, Guest Relations Manager at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2018

Dear Miss Lara and Miss Kim, Thank you for your 4* review. Its wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your trip with Jack he is full of knowledge and an absolute asset to us! I am sorry that you were disappointed with our restaurant and...More

Reviewed 30 October 2018

3rd year that we've been to visit Exbury Gardens for the Halloween steam train and garden visit, with our young daughter. Highly pleased to see that the actors were back playing their part for the Halloween steam train....made it much more entertaining than last year...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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ExburyG, Guest Relations Manager at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2018

Hi Ian, Thank you so much for your informative and constructive review! We're so glad you enjoyed the Halloween event and are grateful that you've taken the time to explain what we could do to make your experience even better. Your comments have been passed...More

Reviewed 28 October 2018

These are amazing gardens and with the fantastic steam Railway as well there is interest for a wide range of ages. It is an expensive day out since a train ride is extra to the admission charge - there is a family entrance but still...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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ExburyG, Guest Relations Manager at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Hi there, Thank you so much for your 4* review. We're so glad you enjoyed your buggy ride - I will pass on your feedback as the Visitor Experience Team will be most pleased. The catering group will also be glad to hear that the...More

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if I were you I would ring exbury and ask them they would know best how the colours are doing, each year is different because of the summer we have had and the weather, I always check with stourhead before going for example... More
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Hi I suppose that the best would be to submit your query directly to the garden administration. However this garden's beauty are the rhododendrons, which bloom and are at their best in June. A stunning garden to enjoy... More
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