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“Lovely autumn gardens”

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 11, 2017

These gardens are quite expensive to visit but they are worth every penny. The gardens are well sign posted and extend over many acres. Many of the plants and shrubs are labelled. At this time of year the autumn foliage is incredible but I would think they are worth visiting at any time of year. There is a large car park with specially designated disabled parking. For those who cannot walk the distance there is a land buggy that explores the grounds. There is an extra £4.50 charge for the 45 minute ride. There is also a steam train which explores different areas. The paths are all well made and ordinary foot wear is suitable. The children's play area is suitable for young children and there are toilets situated throughout the grounds. There are at least two cafes.

The Gardens close in the winter and may also close at short notice in very windy weather.

We hope to return next spring to see the azaleas and rhodedendrons in full flower.

Thank Pengor
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Reviewed October 11, 2017

When we last visited all the shrubs were out in bloom but this ytime being autumn it was different. The walks were good (20 miles of walkways) and some of the plants were interesting. Fortunately there was a Nerine exhibition at the centre and a very helpful young lady made it a worthwhile visit. It seems an expensive visit in the Autumn, maybe September/October should be reduced entrance fees.

Thank barnwood
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Reviewed October 9, 2017 via mobile

Lovely day out. Enjoyed the Nerine exhibition and the autumn colours. Little train was very well kept and run by the ladies.

Thank Heather H
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Reviewed October 8, 2017

Our first visit & we fell in love with it!
From soaring pines to oak glades, rhododendron walks to riverside views and sheltered herbaceous gardens, Exbury has it all. You can just manage to take in the spacious 200 hectares in a day, and there are plenty of seats scattered round for resting or taking in the views. Don't miss the riverside walk, where you can sit by the Beaulieu River and watch kingfishers darting by!
The tea-rooms are lovely & their scones the best I've ever tasted, but once inside the gardens, there's only a seasonal eatery, with very bland sandwiches & paninis. On a good day, I would recommend a picnic, as there are loads of picnic areas & this is welcomed anywhere.
Kids would love the openness (no keep off the grass here!) and there is a play area near the gates.

Thank fifytyplus
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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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