Exbury Gardens

Are Exbury Gardens Open?

Covid-19 Update: Is open up until the 20th December, with two catering outlets open.Pre booked tickets only. Steam Railway has now closed for the winter. For the most up-to-date information visit their official website or our list of Hampshire attractions.

About This Attraction

Now celebrating more than 100 years, Exbury Gardens is a spectacular collection of woodland, herbaceous, contemporary, formal and wildflower gardens. At over 200 acres, these impressive gardens (created and managed by the Rothschild family) border the Beaulieu River and boast a narrow-gauge steam railway, plus a newly refurbished restaurant and an outdoor cafe.

For families

Inspire a love of the outdoors in little ones by running, playing and discovering in Exbury’s unique riverside gardens. Feed giant koi carp and golden orfe fish at Top Pond, complete a range of free activity sheets for children aged 3-11 and let off steam in the adventure play area that includes sky walk trail, bucket swings and play hut. Visiting during the school holidays? Check out our brilliant events tailored to children and families.

For garden lovers

Capture Exbury’s hidden beauty and escape the cares of the world as you explore a myriad of pathways lined with rare trees and shrubs at your own pace. Seasonal highlights include rhododendrons and azaleas in spring, herbaceous borders and hydrangeas in summer and acers and nyssa in autumn.

For everyone

A large number of Exbury’s paths are wheelchair accessible and are marked clearly around the gardens. The steam railway has carriages specially adapted to accommodate wheelchair users and their family members. There’s also free wheelchair hire, accessible parking, free carer gardens entry and an accessible toilet at all lavatory facilities. Exbury also offers guided buggy tours for just £5.50 per person that aims to show all the seasonal highlights in a 45 minute round trip.

Are you a dog owner? Four-legged friends are welcome at Exbury and can even ride the train!

Open daily 10:00-16:00

Last admission 14:30, gates will close at 17:00


Adult – £8.00

Child – £3.00

Under 3 – FREE

Why should I visit?

    • Gardens:
      Explore over 200 acres of woodland paths and riverside walks that meander through the world-famous Rothschild collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and camelias.
    • Miniature steam railway:
      Marvel at the replica station, railway shed and turntable before experiencing a 1.25 Mile journey through areas of the gardens that can’t be accessed on foot.
    • Family-focus:
      Kick back in one of the many picnic areas whilst children discover nature in the safety of our gardens. Kids can also enjoy themed school holiday events and let off steam in our adventure play area.
    • Accessible:
      Meander through our fully-accessible paths, clearly marked throughout the gardens. Then enjoy a train ride in one of the specially-adapted train carriages that can accommodate wheelchairs of many sizes.
    • Dog-friendly:
      Treat your four-legged friends to special dog ice cream in the restaurant, walks through our expansive gardens with water bowls and even a train ride!


Assistance dogs allowed
Baby changing facilities
Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Dogs accepted
Free parking on site
Gift shop
On site parking
Suitable for ages 12 and above
Suitable for ages 3 and above
Suitable for ages 5 and above
Suitable for ages 8 and above
Tour Guide – we require booking for this facility
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Where to find us


Exbury Gardens
Summer Lane
SO45 1AZ


02380 891203


[email protected]



Find us online

By car

Exbury’s postcode for satnavs is SO45 1AZ. Exit M27 westbound at junction 2. Head south on A326 until you see brown tourism signs for Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway. Parking is free and charging for electric vehicles is also available.

By train

The closest train stations are Brockenhurst and Ashurst, which is roughly a 20-minute taxi ride to Exbury.

By bus (and foot)

Take the 112 from Lymington, Hythe or Dibden Purlieu and alight at Hill Top Gate. Exbury is roughly a 45-minute walk (2.4 miles) south on Exbury Road and Summer Lane. During the summer months you can also take the New Forest Tour Bus (green route) which stops inside Exbury’s car park every hour.

Kids activities

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There is so much for kids to do at Exbury Gardens, some of the activities include:

  • Adventure Play Area
  • Discovery Trails
  • Free Art Days
  • Steam Railway
  • Outdoor Colour Hunts