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“Sunny Autumn day ”

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
Ranked #1 of 2 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 October 6, 2017 via mobile

We bought an annual couple's entrance ticket which allows us 12 months free entry from the date you buy it.
Exbury is closing in Nov 5 th ( until March) so we felt we should make the most of the weather and go and look for Autumn colour.
We get unlimited rides in the train and buggy so we did both as our walking is limited by age.
The train journey is 25 minutes and loops the upper part of the garden over 2 bridges and past the new Dragonfly Halt ( due to gave picnic tables next year ). It stops for water at Exbury North and you get a little commentary from the guard ( not always easy to hear if turned away from you) .
You can get good shots of the train on the looping rail tracks.
We caught the buggy next which journeys 6 miles within the 200 plus acres of grounds and you get a 45 minute drive on an electric buggy and a full commentary with photo stops.
( Rhododendrons are named for their red trunks.)
The River Beaulieu is the only tidal river privately owned (Lord Montague) and it costs £500- year per foot of boat length to moor on his river)
We then had lunch in the restaurant to complete our little excursion.
It was a lot less busy than in the summer or Spring although there was a coach party from Essex.
You can become a Facebook friend of Exbury and will get regular updates and photos of what their 8 gardeners and a host of volunteers are creating here.

Thank Susan B
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Reviewed October 2, 2017

I was looking for somewhere to go and take some photographs, Exbury Gardens is always high on the list, the gardens change sooooo much throughout the seasons and there's always something new to see. I spent a glorious 5 hours wandering around on Sunday, taking photos along the way and just relaxing, stopping for a couple of cups of coffee and a slice of cake.

Thank Rob G
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Reviewed October 1, 2017

A lovely day out with very well kept gardens with lots of variety from formal, rock gardens, woods, lakes, river walk and I could go on. The pathways are very easy under foot so not a problem if you were that bit older or unsteady but we were dragged around by an extremely happy cocker spaniel.We loved seeing the steam train but didn't go on as happy to walk with the dog.
Had tea and a sandwich at the cafe half way around (not the main cafe) and the lady was very friendly and it was a pleasant sit down.
This is a great place to come and spend a whole day just soaking up the outdoors.
Price wise we used a gardeners world 2 for 1 so a bargain.

Thank Mike F
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Reviewed September 16, 2017

Loved this garden. I have limited energy for walking so we paid £4.50 to go on the buggy ride which was well worth the money. Stories about the garden, info about the plants etc. We got to see far more of the garden than even my more energetic friend would have walked around in a couple of hours (the time we had to spend there). We went on the steam train which was fun, though it only covers a smaller bit of the garden, but we loved the experience anyway. The cafe was fine but very busy and having to negotiate around the gift shop with trays etc wasn't perhaps the best idea or use of space. But thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Perhaps not the cheapest for a family visiting but for garden lovers it's great.

Thank Sian T
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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!

Thank 543jrr
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