Exbury Gardens

About This Attraction

More than 100 years in the making, Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway is a spectacular collection of landscaped woodland, herbaceous, contemporary, and formal gardens, in a unique riverside location. Exbury also boasts a narrow-gauge steam railway that travels through the gardens, plus a play area, fantastic restaurant and much more!

New for 2022

Close to the playground you will now find a brand- new log trail which will delight children as they put their balancing skills to the test. The Connoisseurs Garden will inspire gardeners with its rare and unusual plants and our new Home, Garden & Gift Shop stocks a wide range of products for all ages, inspired by the plants, gardens and history of Exbury. Sourced responsibly and using suppliers from the South of England whenever possible, you’ll find beautiful homewares, books, souvenirs, gardening gifts and much more. For children, you’ll find inspiration for rainy day activities and outdoor adventures alike.


Inspire a love of the outdoors in little ones as they run, play and discover in Exbury’s unique riverside gardens. Feed giant koi carp and golden orfe fish at Top Pond, complete a range of free activity sheets and let off steam in the play area. They also have baby changing facilities at all lavatory blocks. Check out their brilliant events tailored for children and families at www.exbury.co.uk.

Steam Railway

Exbury’s narrow-gauge railway departs from replica Victorian station ‘Exbury Central’ and travels through a tunnel, over a bridge, round the new Dragonfly Pond and through the Summer Lane Garden, which is only accessible by train.

Food and Drink

Exbury boasts three catering options: Mr Eddy’s Restaurant serving delicious hot meals and hot and cold snacks and refreshments, the Old Tennis Courts outdoor café; serving sandwiches, drinks and cakes, and pop-up food outlets; regularly including gluten-free and vegan caterers. Bringing your own lunch? Exbury also has a number of picnic tables in beautiful surroundings for visitors to use.

Whether you’re visiting for a quiet riverside walk, a delightful family day out or to admire their unique plants, a fantastic day can be had by all at Exbury!

Reopenoing March 12, 2022 for a Members preview week and on March 19 for the public.

Open daily 1st March-31st October 2021, between 10am-5.30pm*.

*Last admission 4.30pm, will close at dusk if earlier. The last steam train will usually depart at 3pm. Steam railway opening times may differ from gardens due to COVID-19 restrictions.



With gift aid:

  • Adult (1st April — 30th June): £14.85 
  • Adult (1st July — end of 2022 season): £12.10
  • Child (3-15 years): £5.50
  • Child (under 3): FREE
  • Consessions

Without gift aid:

  • Adult (1st April — 30th June): £13.50 
  • Adult (1st July — end of 2022 season): £11.00
  • Child (3-15 years): £5.50
  • Child (under 3): FREE

Children —£5.00

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.

    • Narrow-gauge steam railway:

    Marvel at the replica station, railway shed and turntable before experiencing a 1.5 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 Exbury’s gardens. Kids can also enjoy themed school holiday events and let off steam in the play area.

    • Accessibility:

    Many of Exbury’s paths are wheelchair accessible and are signposted on visitor maps. The steam railway has carriages specially adapted to accommodate wheelchair users and their companions. There’s also free wheelchair hire, accessible parking, free gardens admission for carers and accessible lavatory facilities.

    • Dog Friendly:

    Four-legged friends are welcome at Exbury and can even ride the train! They have water bowls, dog bins and even sell dog-friendly ice cream in Mr Eddy’s Restaurant.


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





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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:

  • Play Area
  • Free activity sheets
  • Steam Railway
  • Themed events in school holidays

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