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Furzey Gardens

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Address: School Lane | Lyndhurst, Minstead, New Forest SO43 7GL, England
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+44 23 8081 2464
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Located in Minstead, Hampshire, in the heart of New Forest yet just off the...

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.

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Beautiful gardens in the New Forest. Soak up the charm of nature at its best. Refreshments and light bites on the terrace a good plan.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Rosie E E
Lyndhurst, United Kingdom
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Lyndhurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful gardens in the New Forest. Soak up the charm of nature at its best. Refreshments and light bites on the terrace a good plan.

Thank Rosie E E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have read that people were complaining about the entrance fee it is high but it truly serves to support people with learning disabilities.Our daughter loved the magic gardens and she adored the little doors and the fairies there might be. She is ten and still believing and seeing magic in the world so it made our day all round.... More 

Thank thevonkurthys
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Over this weekend, the gardens have been lit and Santa is in his grotto. The gardens are beautifully lit and the pond with its lighting, is beautiful. Lighting supplied by Light Nights. A lovely visit.

Thank gwen k
Hampshire, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Love this place - full of secret paths and fairy doors. Well maintained garden and lovely tea room. Check out the tables made from recycled wood - absolutely gorgeous!

Thank SusieHampshire_UK
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Group of adults and children. The children had an amazing time hunting the fairy doors in amongst the woodland and paths. Great play area. All thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The autumnal colours are amazing and will definitely be visiting next Spring. The cafe serves lovely food in particular the cakes. We were blessed by sunshine and warmth. 10 out of 10.

Thank Louise G
Hitchin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

In the heart of the New Forest this is a beautiful gardens which what ever time of the year has lots to see and do. IT is also where a training trust for young adults with learning disabilities learn about the planting and growing and harvesting of plants and foodstuffs. Many plants are on sale and are very reasonably priced.... More 

Thank Barbara W
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

.........to visit these gardens maybe, as although the colours are becoming autumnal, there is not a lot else to see. I was disappointed by the manner of our reception (the lady at the till pre-occupied to give us her full attention), the lack of a site plan ((we were not offered one and therefore not sure whether they exist), and.... More 

Thank AandASouthampton
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Quite good expect would be better in spring or summer more flowers to see.We think they are doing marvellous work for disabled people

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

I once delivered sunday papers here when I was a child - I am now in my late 50's. I remember when it was not open to the public and there were struggles with diggers. Now it is a beautiful garden with an interesting small museum and tea rooms. A lovely place to relax and hidden away down a very... More 

Thank jim m
Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Heard about this place from a friend and initially was sceptical - but on a beautiful day it was a fantastic visit. It was great looking for all the little fairy doors, even found their little notice board! Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We will be back.

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