Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway
Exbury Gardens Limited
SO45 1AZ


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The Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre (100 hectare) 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 tranquility in summer followed by a splendid show as the leaves change in the autumn. Discover Exbury’s hidden beauty and escape the cares of the world as you explore a myriad of pathways. Let the train take the strain on a 20 minute journey or ride a chauffeur driven buggy to tour the Gardens.

The Gardens open on Saturday 15th March 2014 open daily from 10am - 5pm last admission (or dusk if earlier) until Sun 2 November 2014.
Mr Eddy’s Tearooms, the Exbury Gift Shop and Plant Sales share the same visiting hours as the Gardens
The Steam Railway runs every day the Gardens are open, with trains departing Exbury Central Station throughout the day. Exbury Gardens were awarded "Best Garden Winner" in the Hudson's Heritage Awards of 2011 and Gardeners World voted Exbury as one of the top places in the country to see Camellias. The original Camellia Walk skirts the south-east edge of Home Wood. The New Camellia Walk, planted out with many American and New Zealand hybrids and magnolias, provides an interesting contrast in styles.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Historic house or home, Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site, Artist studio or collective, Archive

Opening hours

10:00am - 5:30pm Sat 15th March 2014 - Sun 2rd November 2014

Admission charges

Gardens Admission
Adult £11.00* £10.00
Group (15 or more paying) £9.00
Family £24.75* £22.50
Children (age 3-15 years) £2.75* £2.50
Under 3's Free
* Gift Aided Prices

Railway Tickets £4.00
Buggy Tickets £4.00

Getting there

By road: 20 minutes south of junction 2, M27 West. Take A326 following the brown tourist signs to Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway. Approximate driving times: Southampton 30 minutes; Bournemouth 45 minutes; Oxford 1 hour 30 minutes; London 2 hours.
By train: The nearest station is Brockenhurst, New Forest, taxi journey approx 20 mins
By bus: New Forest Tour bus operates from June - September.

Additional info

Steam Train Rides, Chauffeur Driven Buggy Tours, Art Gallery, Wedding Venues, Guided Walks, Open Air Theatre, Restaurant, Tea Rooms, wheelchair loan non-bookable.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Gervace Gregory Watercolour Exhibition

  • 12 July — 3 August 2014 *on now

Gervase Gregory was born in Ashford but moved to the New Forest when he was 17. He became a process technician at Esso but his spare time was always taken up by his love of painting. One of his many inspirations is the work of Wilfred Ball.
Gervase's work can be found in private collections throughout the UK and worldwide. He is best known for his detailed postcards of scenes in the New Forest and his beautifully illustrated book, 'A Lifetime in Postcards'.
Price included with Gardens Admission.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adult: £11.00* £10.00; Child (3-15 years) £2.75* £2.50 *Gift Aid Price



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Look Twice Artists Exhibition, Five Arrows Gallery at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

  • 9 August — 28 September 2014

A delightful display by local artists with many pieces for sale. The show will be manned with a number of demonstrations taking place. The exhibition will be open between 10am – 5pm daily in the Five Arrows Gallery, and entrance is included with Gardens admission.
If you are visiting the Gardens primarily to visit the Exhibition, please check with the Exbury reception before you depart on 02380 891 203. The Exhibitiion may occasionally be closed due to the staging of privatre functions, though we endeavour to show these dates on the website. http://www.exbury.co.uk/website/look_twice.aspx

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age


Five Arrows Gallery, Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway


Gift Aid Admission Price: Adult £11.00 / Child (age 3-15) years): £2.75 / Family £24.75
Children under 3'3 FREE




Nerine Display, Five Arrows Gallery at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

  • 4 October — 2 November 2014

See Exbury’s fantastic collection of Nerine sarniensis in the Five Arrows Gallery, specially prepared to highlight the extraordinary beauty of these hybrids as they scintillate under direct light.

Lionel de Rothschild first developed and hybridised these tender greenhouse-loving Nerines at Exbury in the 1920s and 1930s, coming up with many classic blooms. The collection was dispersed in 1974 when the best bulbs were acquired by enthusiast and plantsman extraordinaire, the late Sir Peter Smithers, one-time MP for Winchester and Secretary-General of the EU in Strasbourg, holder of 8 RHS Gold Medals for plant photography and the Veitch Gold Memorial Medal for contributions to horticulture.

Sir Peter selected only the best and most beautiful diamond lilies for his breeding programme, holding annual ‘beauty competitions’ on the balcony of his house, Vico Morcote, overlooking Lake Lugano in Switzerland.
In 1995, the vastly improved collection came back home to Exbury, where Nicholas de Rothschild, Lionel’s grandson, took up the challenge of developing the strain, until a glasshouse at Exbury was filled with new hybrids that he has produced.
Nicholas, president of the Nerine Society, and an expert on nerines in his own right, has taken up the mantle of developing these sparkling, beautifully coloured plants with enthusiasm.
Originally found on Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town in South Africa, the diamond lilies flower in a spectrum of colours from their original oranges, scarlet and white through new purples, pinks, mauves, reds, scarlets, copper and bronzes which scintillate in the light with gold or silver crystalline flecks that make their petals sparkle.
Nicholas has produced more than 100 new hybrids and collectors and visitors to Exbury may buy nerines that have never been seen before. Nerines will be for sale at the exhibition. To view the dedicated nerine website, visit: http://www.nerines.com/

Gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh visited the Nerine Exhibition in October 2009 and recorded in his Saturday Express Magazine column: "After 40-odd years of gardening, I like to think that I've seen some remarkable spectacles, but I can honestly say that few of them rank with the sight of a vast greenhouse full of flowering Guernsey lilies at Exbury last autumn. There, Nick de Rothschild presides over thousands of potted bulbs whose glistening flowers of white, pale pink, lilac, purple, orange and scarlet entrance all who see them. If you want gosh-factor in your autumn greenhouse, Guernsey lilies have it in shiny spades."
Price included in Gardens Admission.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age


Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, Five Arrows Gallery


Admission to Exhibition Included within Gardens Admission
Adults: £11.00* £10.00 Children (aged 3-15): £2.75* £2.50
* Voluntary Gift Aid Price



Getting there

By road: 20 minutes south of junction 2, M27 West. Take A326 following the brown tourist signs to Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway. Approximate driving times: Southampton 30 minutes; Bournemouth 45 minutes; Oxford 1 hour 30 minutes; London 2 hours.
By train: The nearest station is Brockenhurst, New Forest, taxi journey approx 20 mins
By bus: New Forest Tour bus operates from June - September.