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Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

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Address: Exbury, New Forest SO45 1AZ, England
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+44 23 8089 1203

Exbury Gardens is home to the world-famous Rothschild Collection of...

Exbury Gardens is home to the world-famous Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, rare trees and shrubs, in the beautiful New Forest. Offering peace, relaxation and tranquility - a day spent at Exbury is a day spent in paradise. Created in the 1920s, the gardens extend over 200 acres of natural beauty that echo to the names of the famous plant hunters. Explore on foot, by chauffeur-driven buggy tour or travel on the Exbury Gardens Steam Railway. Mr Eddy's Restaurant and Tearooms; Plant Centre and Gift Shop; free parking. VAQAS assessed.

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Blooming lovely

Beautiful, breathtaking gardens. A riot of colourful azaleas and hydrangeas. Presumably best seen in Spring?

Reviewed 3 days ago
London, United Kingdom
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wow! Stunning, epic, captivating, beautiful, scenic, mesmerising. This place is wonderful. I had originally taken my wife and mother here as joint birthday/Mother's Day treat but we were all so impressed we bought season tickets on the same day. The views are breathtaking, the care taken of the gardens is second to none and the landscape constantly evolving. Couple this... More 

Thank PhilF67
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well how lucky were we. We visited Exbury Gardens right after Easter. I had booked the trip on line months before, taking a gamble on the weather. The weather was stunning. We walked for 4 hours in beautiful sunshine. You have to go in April to see the abundance of colours. We will never forget the cascade area. You could... More 

Thank 933judith
Skiathos, Greece
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We came to visit on 18/04/2017 at 13.55.....Salesperson : SUE A ....that Lady for the ENTRANCE tickets was NOT helpfull at all !!! it was NOT crowded...so NO excuse for NOT being helpfull we were 2 people, my friend cant walk very well...we wanted to drive all around the gardens...the Lady recommended the Steam train..... its a ripoff...the train only... More 

Thank Helidonia
Southampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Absolutely beautiful place. Had one of the the days out ever in the whole of my life . Took my two dogs who are welcome in the cafe even. It was so beautiful and peaceful cannot wait to go back. Am planning an autumn trip to see the gold leaves on trees. Will combine this with a Sunday lunch in... More 

Thank petalyne
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful, breathtaking gardens. A riot of colourful azaleas and hydrangeas. Presumably best seen in Spring?

Thank J L
Hordle, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Although we only live a few miles away we have never visited Exbury Gardens before. It was absolutely beautiful - a lovely relaxing way to spend a few hours. Everything was immaculate and we were very lucky that all the rhododendrons were out early this year. A lovely walk down to the Beaulieu river as well. I will be recommending... More 

Thank Jacqui P
Belfast, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The gardens were breath taking, the plants and the layout of the venue was spectular. Yes it helped that the sun was shinning but the brightness of the shrubs and the staff were equally as sunny. Although we went as a group of 4 adults the train ride was an added pleasure at the end of a tiring day. If... More 

Thank JCO64
Rugeley, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were taken there by family for a surprise, and surprised we were. It is a huge garden with an extensive variety of areas to visit. The variety of trees was amazing, many that we have never seen before. We were lucky that the rhododendrons and azalea were in flower early and made a very spectacular display. The steam railway... More 

Thank JandLW2014
Reading, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We spent a lovely day at Exbury. We organised the buggy tour when we first arrived and this worked really well for us. The driver was extremely patient with us (and helpful) while we organised getting my 95 year old Mother in Law on board. We had a really good trip around the gardens for about 45 minutes, many of... More 

Thank Richard R
Saint-Guen, France
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very helpful staff. It was a shame that they had no information in French. We took the tour in a little bus with my husband who cannot walk far. The driver was very good at explaining things, and answering questions. The gardens were beautiful at this time of the year......we did not eat here.

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