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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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Winchester, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

A gem of a garden, beautiful setting, lots to see, of interest to young and old. Friendly, helpful staff, yummy cakes, good gift shop. A lovely way to spend a couple of hours - and all in a good cause.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I only came up for the afternoon tea, scones yummy, tea well it was a cup of tea!! the staff were very lovely and the scenery a dream, lovely afternoon. of and love love love the fairy house.. ( I work in a nursery and we are going to introduce this) perhaps your fairly could write to us?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The Weather was great The Gardens have some wonderful Plants and views right out has far has the hills of the isle of Wight The staff so friendly welcoming and helpful We were so lucky to do a evening visit arriving at 5 and having Graham to tell us about the gardens and the trust The ladies kept the restaurant... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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42 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I wouldn't normally have taken the time to review a gardens more than once, but we were really impressed when we visited Furzey recently. The staff were absolutely delightful, the gardens were fantastic and had been developed and improved since we were last there. Lots of attention to detail, including improved signage. Beautiful place.

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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

It was lovely to visit a bit pricey and no concessions. You can do this visit in two hours if just a couple. add on the coffee shop another 40 minutes which was very good.

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Lesley567, Public Relations Manager at Furzey Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review Furzey Gardens on Trip Advisor, we are so pleased that you had a lovely visit and enjoyed the coffee shop. Our concessions are for people with disabilities as we are a learning disability charity, so disabled visitors and their helper can visit the gardens for free. More

London, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We found this little gem as it is near the holiday cottage we were renting. I loved it. The gardens are small but planted with a wide variety of plants which made it infinitely better than Exbury Gardens which we had visited earlier in the week. It includes a Gold medal winning Chelsea Garden. For families with children, they have... More

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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Unfortunately we visited on an extremely rainy day! However we still had a great time. I went with a friend and our 3 year olds. They loved hunting for the fairy doors and running in and out of the trees. We weren't very good at finding the doors, as they are quite hidden. We brought a picnic hoping for a... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Visited in the spring with the azaleas and rhodis in bloom. A wonderful magical garden with little fairy doors hidden at the base of trees and wonderful wooden sculptures to inspire and enjoy. The staff very friendly and helpful. This was as good as Exbury Gardens but on a much smaller scale

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Lincoln, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Our two young children thoroughly enjoyed a trip to the gardens. The gardens are beautiful and a riot of colour in the April sunshine. The children were fascinated with the fairy doors and enjoyed looking for them. The I spy sheets and story sheets produced by the garden added to their enjoyment. There is a good pic-nic area and a... More

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Watford, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This is an idylic place to spend the morning or afternoon. Ideal for small children because it's small enough that you can see the whole place, but large enough that it still feels like you are able to explore the various corners. Lovely play area with a real boat to clamber over, wooden houses with little ladders which only children... More

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