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“Very Nice - A Bit Expensive”

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Exbury
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 11, 2017

We spent a delightful morning here, enjoying a walk round the gardens, and a ride on the steam train, which was excellent. Probably better in season when the Azeleas are in flower!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank 543jrr
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Reviewed September 10, 2017

Average entrance fee, train ride available of which you pay on entrance. Good cafe, with a nice selection for all tastes, though abit pricey. Good gift shop and gallery. We went late season so the colour from the plants had gone, but that didnt put us off. Enchanting pathways to beautiful areas with viewing points. Direction and information signs are easy to read. Wheelchair access for gardens and train. Great for kids.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Geoffrey B
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Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

Five of us visited this on a coach trip with just go, I think the right time of year to see this is when it in flower, when we arrived we went on the train but to our dismay there was nothing to see only leafs and bracken, this takes all of twenty mins,
Then we went in the cafe which was to be honest like going in a motor way cafe very dear, the bit of gift shop that is in the middle of the shop was all so very dear,
We where told that the buggys they had for £4.50 where better than the train,
To be honest this is not for people that can't walk very far and in Autumn there is nothing to see, won't be visiting again any time soon

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank ches720
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Reviewed September 6, 2017

We didn't visit during a massive flowering season, but the gardens where so quiet, even with the other visitors around. Lots of walking though, we only managed about a third, but we did go on the train. Well worth it.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Nick R
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Reviewed September 3, 2017

This was our second visit to Exbury, the children,(7, and twins of 4) love the railway which has now been extended. Very friendly staff especially on the train. Dog friendly. We took a picnic, they love the playground and we had a lovely walk round some of the garden. only disappointment to them was the scale of the shop not enough cuddly toys however that was a relief to my purse! Beautifully kept thank you for a enjoyable visit.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank sjwells2017
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