Exbury Gardens

Exbury Gardens is a spectacular 200-acre site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. This earthly paradise offers a riot of colour in Spring, an oasis of tranquillity in Summer followed by a splendid show as the leaves change in the Autumn.

Capture Exbury’s hidden beauty and escape the cares of the world as you explore a myriad of pathways at your own pace.

Make family memories on our mini (12.25 inch gauge) steam railway and discover wildlife in its natural habitat. Children can climb on our adventure play area, make wild art with twigs and leaves and feed our giant Koi Carp.

Top the day off with an ice-cream or tea and cake in the newly refurbished Mr Eddy’s Restaurant and Café!

Exbury Gardens is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019. To celebrate, Exbury will be unveiling a new ‘secret garden’, Spring pathway of 100,000 bulbs and history exhibition, plus an expanded events calendar.

Open daily between 23rd March – 3rd November 2019. Plus dates in November and December for Christmas events

10.00am - 5.30pm (or dusk if earlier)
Last admission 4.30pm and gates are locked at 6.00pm


Admission price 



Family (2 adults and 3 children)

Under 3’s

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. New for 2019: Discover the brand-new secret garden, history exhibition and Spring pathway of over 100,000 bulbs - all to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Exbury Gardens.
    • 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 enclosed 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 enroute 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
SO45 1AZ


02380 891203





Find us online

By car

Our postcode for your satnav is SO45 1AZ. Exit M27 westbound at junction 2. Head South on A326 until you see brown tourism signs for Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, which will guide you through the forest to Exbury’s Visitor Entrance. Parking is free and we also offer charging for electronic vehicles.

By train

The closest train station is Brockenhurst. Visitors can then either get a bus (see above) and walk the last part of the journey OR take a 20-minute taxi.

By bus (and foot)

Take the 112 and alight at Hill Top Gate. Exbury is roughly a 45-minute walk (2.4 Miles) down Exbury Road and Summer Lane.

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