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Furzey Gardens

School Lane | Lyndhurst, Minstead, New Forest National Park SO43 7GL, England
44 2380 812464
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Minstead
Type: Gardens
Owner description: Located in Minstead, Hampshire, in the heart of New Forest yet just off the end of the M27, this informal 10 acre woodland garden contains an... more » Owner description: Located in Minstead, Hampshire, in the heart of New Forest yet just off the end of the M27, this informal 10 acre woodland garden contains an extensive collection of rare and beautiful plants from around the world. In the spring, banks of Azaleas and Rhododendrons dazzle with colour, secret paths lead through drifts of primulas and bulbs to quiet glades, while viewing areas provide outlooks over the New Forest. Flowering shrubs and trees continue the interest through the summer with a blaze of autumn colour at the end of the year.In the water garden flowering and foliage plants thrive both in and out of the lake, enhanced by a collection of conifers.Our award winning Chelsea Garden has been wonderfully recreated overlooking the lake after winning GOLD at RHS Chelsea in 2012.The waterfall leads into our reinstated water meadow.The gardens are wonderful for children. The shady play area has play houses, swing and even a "dry docked" play boat. There are plenty of places to picnic and play hide and seek. The gardens also hold a secret, there are over 30 tiny fairy doors hidden throughout the garden. Our wildflower meadow and cottage garden are great for spotting wildlife and you can take a step back in time when you enter our historic Furzey cottage. Delicious locally made cakes and sandwiches are available in the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop, which has plenty of seating inside, comfortable sofas upstairs and a pretty outside terrace overlooking the gardens. Browse the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop which showcases and sells a variety of local art, crafts and gifts including work undertaken by the students from the Minstead Training Trust. Those visitors who like to go home with a souvenir of the leafy variety will enjoy looking around our plant sales area where plants are very competitively priced. The Gardens are open all year round, and the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop is open from the beginning of March to the end of October 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm (last orders at 4.15pm). The Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop is free to enter and browse and enjoy a coffee, cake or light refreshment. Entry to the Gardens is by a set minimum donation, please pay in the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop. When the Gallery Gift and Coffee shop is closed please place donations in the box provided. The entry donation goes towards the upkeep of the gardens and to the work of the Charity in providing opportunities for adults with learning disabilities. « less
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

The gardens are free to look around this time of year. The tearooms open in march. Just a lovely place to visit close to Minstead.

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salisbury wiltshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

we went there today nov 16th did not no the cafe toilets and shops would be closed so only stayed a short while path were blocked off as thy were chopping trees down and clearing leaves very muddy will have to go back in summer when should be in full bloom when it opens in march again properlywe did not... More

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Reading, Berkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We visited this weekend with my 9 year old daughter and 3 year old son and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves despite the rain. The staff were all so warm and friendly, the tea rooms were very comfortable and the shop very nicely stocked. Our highlight though was the garden, and the complete enjoyment my children had in searching for... More

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Kent, UK
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

The weather wasn't great, so we stopped here for tea, rather than the gardens. Lots of fantastic sculptures and the Fairy Queen's book to look at. I loved this place, and really was enchanted! The tea was great too, wonderful surroundings and nice people.

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Sussex, England
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

Am writing a review because it was from reading other reviews on here that we decided to go with our 2 year old daughter. This visit was the highlight of our new forest trip, the gardens are lovely and the 40 hidden fairy doors meant the toddler was excited and entertained all the way round. The doors are hidden in... More

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

This is a lovely but not huge garden in the heart of the New Forest. However it is well worth a visit as it holds many little treasures that make it unusual. We took our 3 year old grandson and he loved looking for the little fairy doors dotted throughout the grounds. This is a fabulous way of amusing the... More

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New Forest National Park, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Furzey Gardens was an absolute delight. Went with three families with six children and unexpectedly spent the whole day there, picnicking on the lawn, eating ice creams from the shop and enjoying the peacefulness of the gardens. Oh, and of course hunting for fairy doors. The story of the gardens is enchanting - maintained almost entirely by a team of... More

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New Forest UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

The last time we did the full tour of Furzey Gardens the weather was absolutely stunning so if you can manage to go when it is sunny with clear skies you will really enjoy the views from the tree houses scattered all around. It is a place of warmth and friendliness with a lovely balance between education and enchantment. The... More

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013 via mobile

Great ethos, great atmosphere, friendly staff. Really enjoyed our day there. Lovely views, well cared for flower beds and loads of wildlife to see. Got loads of photos of bees, butterflies, dragon flies. If you have young children then the fairy trail and little fairy doors around the site will be perfect to keep them amused. Only recommendation would be... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We visited here today as a family (ages ranging from 7 to 80 yrs) and all of us thoroughly enjoyed it. The gardens are very pretty to walk around and the children loved looking for the fairy doors in the trees. We only found about 16 and there are supposed to be approx 40 so we will definitely return to... More

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