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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We visited today for the first time and what a place! I loved it, so did my friend and our two young boys. I was worried that the 'fairies' might be a bit girly for 2 boisterous boys... but how wrong was I? The doors are such a good idea and keep children captivated for absolutely ages and although the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We visited the gardens today with an excited 2.5 year old & while we fully support the ethos of the charity & the work they do we felt let down in terms of value for money & overall experience. The cost for one adult is £7.50. The website "sells" a much more polished experience than what's really there & while... More

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

Dear Tinyturnip, thank you for your review after your recent visit to Furzey Gardens. We are sorry that your visit to Furzey did not meet your expectations. We try very hard to ensure that all our visitors are welcomed and enjoy their time at the gardens, whilst learning about the heritage of the gardens, the history of the cottage that... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

We went to furzey gardens on Sunday with my 6yr old daughter and 3yr old twin boys. We all had a fantastic morning, all the kids loved looking for the fairy doors and found it all very magical. The coffee shop was lovely and we found everyone very helpful. We will def be coming again.

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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We visited Furzey gardens for the first time in 11years today but will not be leaving it that long again! What a lovely place! From the little thatched cottage at the entrance to the tea room and Chelsea garden it has something for everyone. There are fairy houses, plants for sale, a lake, play areas, picnic tables, a shop, an... More

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Portsmouth England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Beautiful Gardens and loved the little fairy doors we found dotted around in the trees! Had coffee and cake in the tea rooms after which was lovely too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This place is so good I nearly didn't post a review because I don't want anyone else to know....I think that says it all. The staff are lovely and make an effort with our kids. Such a beautiful place to visit on a nice day. You can take a small picnic or buy basic sandwiches from the shop. My daughter... More

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Wow, what a lovely place for children to visit as well as adults. These beautiful and peaceful gardens in the heart of the New Forest make a lovely day out. I'm thinking particularly at the moment of the school holidays and trying to keep children amused. Here you can discover fairy doors at the bases of many trees in places... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

We had a great time hunting for the little doors, really nice setting, the weather was fantastic, hunting through the trees and undergrowth with my 3&5 year olds looking for doors really was fun, the children loved it, if I had a £1 for every time my youngest asked "where are the fairies." I would be rich!

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Christchurch, Dorset
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This was my first visit to Furzey Gardens despite living in the area for 30 years! It won't be the last visit though. This is a really magical spot to visit for all ages. Not at all commercialised which made to extra special. Beautiful gardens that are well maintained and lovely paths to wander along. Keep your eyes open for... More

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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We visited Furzey gardens recently...the most magical place. Beautifully laid out gardens surrounded by woodland ,shady tracks and hideouts...with fairy doors to find, tucked away in secret places. There's a large lake smothered with water lilies and wonderful grottos, a tree house and hide-holes to explore and an absolutely amazing scarecrow riding a bicycle in the kitchen garden of the... More

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