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Exbury Gardens Claimed

Exbury, Southampton, SO45 1AZ
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Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway - New Forest family favourite attraction perfect for visitors of all ages

200-acre gardens with a steam railway, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs.

 


Welcome to Exbury

More than 100 years in the making, Exbury's glorious gardens, designed and curated by the de Rothschild family, have the power to delight and inspire in equal measure.

This spectacular collection of landscaped woodland, herbaceous, contemporary, formal and wildflower gardens provide an ever-changing palette of colour that will entice you back to witness the seasons unfold. 

Steam Railway

Climb aboard at Exbury Central, our replica Victorian Station, and enjoy an elevated view of the Rock Garden on a journey that takes you through a tunnel, over a bridge and around Dragonfly Pond.

We also organise seasonal family events on the Steam Railway, such as our Halloween Ghost Train and Festive Express as part of Christmas at Exbury. 

Families

Inspire a love of the outdoors in children of all ages as they explore our gardens, playu area and log trail.  And, when it’s time to slow the pace a little, travel by steam train to Dragonfly Pond, an official British Dragonfly Society ‘hotspot’, in search of dragonflies and damselflies.

Food & Drink

Mr Eddy’s restaurant, the Old Tennis Courts outdoor café, the Potting Shed and Rhodo Pizza takeaways, and Charlotte’s Little Ice Cream Kitchen are managed by award-winning local caterers The Little Kitchen Company.  Enjoy good and drink to suits all tastes and appetites from hot meals, sandwiches, daily deli-counter specials, cakes and ice cream, as well as barista coffee, soft drinks, smoothies, wine, beers and cider.

Gallery

A full programme of art and floral exhibition is being held at the Five Arrows Gallery, all included free of charge with your visit.

Dog Friendly

Dogs on short leads are welcome at Exbury – they can even travel on the train.  We supply water bowls, dog bins and dog-friendly ice cream in our restaurant, as well as special Devoted to Dogs days as part of our events programme.

Shopping

Our Gift Shop stocks a wide range of books, homewares, gardening gifts and souvenirs inspired by the gardens, their history and their wildlife.  For children you’ll find imaginative ideas for rainy day activities and outdoor adventures alike.

The Plant Centre is stocked with an array of herbaceous plants, shrubs and of course rhododendrons and azaleas, reflecting the seasons of Exbury.  You’ll find both familiar names and a host of rare and unusual varieties, allowing you to buy a plant as a growing memento of your visit.

Accessibility

We offer free wheelchair loan, mobility scooter hire, accessible parking, free garden admission for carers, and accessible toilet facilities.  Our Steam Railway has carriages specially adapted to accommodate wheelchair users and their companions. 

Map Location

Hosted events

  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    20 July 2024 - 18 August 2024
    Type: Exhibitions, Activities & Long Running Events
    View a unique collection of art inspired by the local area. The 8 artists draw their inspiration from the New Forest, local beaches and harbours, as well as well-known landmarks including our very own Exbury Gardens.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    24 July 2024 - 1 September 2024 , 10:00 until 17:30
    10:00 - 17:30
    Type: Exhibitions, Activities & Long Running Events
    Join us this school summer holidays to enjoy summer games in the gardens. Fun for all the family with some traditional garden games.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    25 July 2024 , 11:00 until 16:00
    11:00 - 16:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Come and meet the beautiful donkeys who will be visiting us again this summer and offering rides to children.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    26 July 2024 , 10:00 until 16:30
    10:00 - 16:30
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Join a member of the Exbury team for this fun, family workshop. We'll lend you the tools and supply all the materials you will need to Butterfly House to attract the butterflies in your garden.
  •  Exbury, Hampshire
    29 July 2024 , 11:00
    11:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Toby Puddle of South Wilts Falconry will be at Exbury Gardens showcasing a beautiful selection of birds of prey. Flying displays will be held at 11:30am and 1:30pm.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    30 July 2024 , 11:00 until 16:00
    11:00 - 16:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Come and meet the beautiful donkeys who will be visiting us again this summer and offering rides to children.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    31 July 2024 , 10:00 until 16:30
    10:00 - 16:30
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Join a member of the Exbury team for this fun, family workshop. We'll lend you the tools and supply all the materials you will need to make a windchime to take home.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    1 August 2024 , 10:00 until 16:30
    10:00 - 16:30
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Join a member of the Exbury team for this fun, family workshop. We'll lend you the tools and supply all the materials you will need to Butterfly House to attract the butterflies in your garden.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    2 August 2024 , 19:00 until 22:00
    19:00 - 22:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    This funny, much-loved and exciting family adventure is back courtesy of the fantastic Illyria. Pack a picnic and enjoy an unforgettable performance in beautiful Exbury Gardens.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    2 August 2024 , 11:00 until 16:00
    11:00 - 16:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Take a walk with your own beautiful alpaca, courtesy of Twinnies Petting Farm.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    5 August 2024 , 10:00 until 16:30
    10:00 - 16:30
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Join a member of the Exbury team for this fun, family workshop. We'll lend you the tools and supply all the materials you will need to make a windchime to take home.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    6 August 2024 , 11:00 until 16:00
    11:00 - 16:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Come and meet the beautiful donkeys who will be visiting us again this summer and offering rides to children.
  •  Exbury, Hampshire
    7 August 2024 , 11:00
    11:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Toby Puddle of South Wilts Falconry will be at Exbury Gardens showcasing a beautiful selection of birds of prey. Flying displays will be held at 11:30am and 1:30pm.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    9 August 2024 , 10:00 until 16:30
    10:00 - 16:30
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Join a member of the Exbury team for this fun, family workshop. We'll lend you the tools and supply all the materials you will need to decorate and plant up a beautiful hanging basket to take home.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    12 August 2024 , 11:00 until 16:00
    11:00 - 16:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Come and meet the beautiful donkeys who will be visiting us again this summer and offering rides to children.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    13 August 2024 , 10:00 until 16:30
    10:00 - 16:30
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Join a member of the Exbury team for this fun, family workshop. We'll lend you the tools and supply all the materials you will need to make a windchime to take home.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    14 August 2024 , 10:00 until 16:30
    10:00 - 16:30
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Join a member of the Exbury team for this fun, family workshop. We'll lend you the tools and supply all the materials you will need to decorate and plant up a beautiful hanging basket to take home.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    15 August 2024 , 10:00 until 16:30
    10:00 - 16:30
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Join a member of the Exbury team for this fun, family workshop. We'll lend you the tools and supply all the materials you will need to Butterfly House to attract the butterflies in your garden.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    16 August 2024 , 11:00 until 12:00
    11:00 - 12:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Join one of our knowledgeable garden team on a seasonal spotlight tour in the gardens focussing on our heavenly hydrangeas.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    17 August 2024 , 11:00 until 12:00
    11:00 - 12:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Join one of our knowledgeable garden team on a seasonal spotlight tour in the gardens focussing on our heavenly hydrangeas.
  •  Exbury, Hampshire
    17 August 2024 , 11:00
    11:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Toby Puddle of South Wilts Falconry will be at Exbury Gardens showcasing a beautiful selection of birds of prey. Flying displays will be held at 11:30am and 1:30pm.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    19 August 2024 , 10:00 until 16:30
    10:00 - 16:30
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Join a member of the Exbury team for this fun, family workshop. We'll lend you the tools and supply all the materials you will need to make a windchime to take home.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    20 August 2024 , 10:00 until 16:30
    10:00 - 16:30
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Join a member of the Exbury team for this fun, family workshop. We'll lend you the tools and supply all the materials you will need to decorate and plant up a beautiful hanging basket to take home.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    21 August 2024 , 11:00 until 16:00
    11:00 - 16:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Come and meet the beautiful donkeys who will be visiting us again this summer and offering rides to children.
  •  Southampton
    22 August 2024 , 19:00 until 22:00
    19:00 - 22:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Back by popular demand, we are proud to present 21st Century's ABBA Tribute.
  •  Southampton
    23 August 2024 , 19:00 until 22:00
    19:00 - 22:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Beatlemania is back!! For the first time, Exbury Gardens is very excited to present The Upbeat Beatles as part of our Festival of Music 2024.
  •  Southampton
    24 August 2024 - 8 September 2024 , 10:00 until 17:00
    10:00 - 17:00
    Type: Exhibitions, Activities & Long Running Events
    Visit the Five Arrows Gallery at Exbury Gardens for a first-class art exhibition by the Solent & Southern Art Collective.
  •  Southampton
    24 August 2024 , 19:00 until 22:00
    19:00 - 22:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Back by popular demand - we are proud to present Motown by Moonlight with Capitol Motown and Soul Band.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    26 August 2024 , 11:00 until 16:00
    11:00 - 16:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Come and meet the beautiful donkeys who will be visiting us again this summer and offering rides to children.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    27 August 2024 , 19:00 until 22:00
    19:00 - 22:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    A passionate, poetic and utterly gripping production of this Shakespeare favourite brought to Exbury by Illyria this summer.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    28 August 2024 , 11:00 until 16:00
    11:00 - 16:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Take a walk with your own beautiful alpaca, courtesy of Twinnies Petting Farm.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    29 August 2024 , 10:00 until 16:30
    10:00 - 16:30
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Join a member of the Exbury team for this fun, family workshop. We'll lend you the tools and supply all the materials you will need to Butterfly House to attract the butterflies in your garden.
  •  Southampton, Hampshire
    30 August 2024 , 10:00 until 16:30
    10:00 - 16:30
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Join a member of the Exbury team for this fun, family workshop. We'll lend you the tools and supply all the materials you will need to decorate and plant up a beautiful hanging basket to take home.
  •  Southampton
    14 September 2024 - 22 September 2024 , 10:00 until 17:00
    10:00 - 17:00
    Type: Exhibitions, Activities & Long Running Events
    Visit the Five Arrows Gallery for a wonderful exhibition from the New Forest Botanical Painting Archive.

Attending Events

24

Jul 2024

Summer Garden Games at Exbury
10:00 - 17:30
Southampton, Hampshire

25

Jul 2024

Donkey Day at Exbury
11:00 - 16:00
Southampton, Hampshire

30

Jul 2024

Donkey Day at Exbury
11:00 - 16:00
Southampton, Hampshire

6

Aug 2024

Donkey Day at Exbury
11:00 - 16:00
Southampton, Hampshire

12

Aug 2024

Donkey Day at Exbury
11:00 - 16:00
Southampton, Hampshire

21

Aug 2024

Donkey Day at Exbury
11:00 - 16:00
Southampton, Hampshire

26

Aug 2024

Donkey Day at Exbury
11:00 - 16:00
Southampton, Hampshire

31

Jul 2024

Family Workshop at Exbury - Make a Wind Chime
10:00 - 16:30
Southampton, Hampshire

5

Aug 2024

Family Workshop - Make a Wind Chime
10:00 - 16:30
Southampton, Hampshire

13

Aug 2024

Family Workshop - Make a Wind Chime
10:00 - 16:30
Southampton, Hampshire

19

Aug 2024

Family Workshop - Make a Wind Chime
10:00 - 16:30
Southampton, Hampshire

9

Aug 2024

Family Workshop - Make a Hanging Basket
10:00 - 16:30
Southampton, Hampshire

14

Aug 2024

Family Workshop - Make a Hanging Basket
10:00 - 16:30
Southampton, Hampshire

20

Aug 2024

Family Workshop - Make a Hanging Basket
10:00 - 16:30
Southampton, Hampshire

30

Aug 2024

Family Workshop - Make a Hanging Basket
10:00 - 16:30
Southampton, Hampshire

26

Jul 2024

Family Workshop - Make a Butterfly House
10:00 - 16:30
Southampton, Hampshire

1

Aug 2024

Family Workshop - Make a Butterfly House
10:00 - 16:30
Southampton, Hampshire

15

Aug 2024

Family Workshop - Make a Butterfly House
10:00 - 16:30
Southampton, Hampshire

29

Aug 2024

Family Workshop - Make a Butterfly House
10:00 - 16:30
Southampton, Hampshire

16

Aug 2024

Seasonal Spotlight Tour- Hydrangeas
11:00 - 12:00
Southampton, Hampshire

17

Aug 2024

Seasonal Spotlight Tour- Hydrangeas
11:00 - 12:00
Southampton, Hampshire

29

Jul 2024

Falconry Day at Exbury Gardens
11:00
Exbury, Hampshire

7

Aug 2024

Falconry Day at Exbury Gardens
11:00
Exbury, Hampshire

17

Aug 2024

Falconry Day at Exbury Gardens
11:00
Exbury, Hampshire

2

Aug 2024

Open Air Theatre: Dr Dolittle
19:00 - 22:00
Southampton, Hampshire

27

Aug 2024

Open Air Theatre: Romeo & Juliet
19:00 - 22:00
Southampton, Hampshire

28

Aug 2024

Walk with Alpacas
11:00 - 16:00
Southampton, Hampshire

2

Aug 2024

Walk with Alpacas
11:00 - 16:00
Southampton, Hampshire

14

Sep 2024

New Forest Botanical Painting Archive
10:00 - 17:00
Southampton

22

Aug 2024

Exbury Festival of Music: 21st Century Abba

23

Aug 2024

Exbury Festival of Music: Upbeat Beatles
19:00 - 22:00
Southampton

24

Aug 2024

Exbury Festival of Music: Motown by Moonlight

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Opening hours
GMT -11:00
Monday
10:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
10:00 - 16:30
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:30
Thursday
10:00 - 16:30
Friday
10:00 - 16:30
Saturday
10:00 - 16:30
Sunday
10:00 - 16:30

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