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Exbury Gardens, Hampshire inc. steam railway

Exbury Gardens, Hampshire inc. steam railway

There are over 20 miles of pathways, three woods and parkland to explore, and surprises lying await behind every corner.

Exbury Gardens, Exbury including the steam railway.

Near Beaulieu and Bucklers Hard, Hampshire


A visitor once described Exbury as "Heaven with the gates open." It is a garden for people young and old, horticulturalist or enthusiastic gardener, or just a lover of beautiful places. From botanical rarities to masses of spectacular colour, there is something for all to enjoy - a place to escape from the cares of the world. A spectacular 200 acre woodland garden on the east bank of the Beaulieu River, world famous for the Rothschild collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias in spring. The daffodil meadow, rock garden, sundial garden, ponds, cascades and exotic trees ensure year round interest.


There are over 20 miles of pathways, three woods and parkland to explore, and surprises lying await behind every corner. Even the wet cannot spoil the fun – put on your waterproofs and see a new side to Exbury! We have the prettiest puddles for miles around when they reflect our beautiful flowers! 


Summer is a favourite time for families to picnic in the Gardens, There are two designated picnic areas, one close to Jubilee Pond with its lazy koi carp and hovering dragonflies, and a second close to the Five Arrows Gallery. The fish at Jubilee and Top Ponds are an endless source of fascination for children – and also for the herons that regularly visit!


Children should keep their eyes peeled for all manner of wildlife – in addition to fish and herons they might expect to see pheasant, squirrels, dragonflies and butterflies in the summer, a range of birdlife including tree crawlers and kingfishers, and possibly New Forest deer. In the Gardens children can discover plants that existed before dinosaurs roamed the earth; plants dinosaurs liked to eat; a Chinese Coffin Tree and even the Devil’s Walking Stick!  A Family Trail, costing £1.50 is available to purchase at the Visitor Entrance. It includes a detailed, fun map guide with questions and a word search. Included with the map guide will be a packet of Exbury Gardens salad seed to take home and sow; an Exbury Plant Hunter pencil and the opportunity to win tickets for the Exbury Ghost Train.


The Gardens were listed amongst the top Gardens in England to visit with children, by readers of BBC Gardeners World Magazine, in April 2010.


Railway enthusiasts can enjoy a day with a difference at Exbury, where a superb 12 ¼” railway runs along a 1¼ mile track through the gorgeous gardens. At the moment, the train is running at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm every day during the summer.


Child age for Entry (3-15Years)

Depart for home Approx 17.00

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Bristol Anchor Road East Anchor Road Opposite @Bristol- We The Curious
Eastbound Bus Stop
Bristol Tesco Tesco's Eastville Bus stop - Jct 2 of M32
(Tesco's Car park only has a 2 Hr. parking limit)
Burnham on Sea Burnham on Sea, Pier Street
Bus Stop The Old Pier Tavern
Clevedon Clevedon
Miles Morgan Travel Agency, Triangle Bus Stop
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Nailsea Nailsea - Clevedon Road Car Park
Weston Borough Arms Borough Arms, Bus Shelter
after main entrance to old Clarks Factory
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Worle -Queensway Centre Worle - Food Warehouse Bus St-opposite Bridge Farm
New Bristol Road
Worle-Preanes Green Bus Stop Worle Preanes Green, New Bristol Rd.
Summer Lane Bus Shelter
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