Exbury Gardens beautiful gardens to visit near Lymington

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway - beautiful gardens for all seasons

Exbury Gardens – a beautiful place to visit, a worthwhile excursion for Lymington visitors and locals alike!  But whereas visitors often schedule in a visit as part of their stay in the New Forest, we locals tend to forget what’s on our doorstep.  And yes I have to confess, I haven’t been for years! 


So for all who are interested - Exbury Gardens are at their best at this time of year!


Meanwhile here’s a brief introduction written for lymington.com by local Lymington copywriter Dee Hughes.  And there’s a link to Exbury Gardens own website at the end of the article...


Exbury Gardens – a family friendly attraction, a gardening cultural mecca, and a historical treasure trove


Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway is a family friendly attraction situated within the New Forest National Park and bursting with history. First opened to the public in 1955 Exbury Gardens belongs to a branch of the Rothschild family who purchased the estate in 1919. Situated in the village of Exbury, just east of Beaulieu village, the award winning Gardens provide two hundred acres of magical gardens and woodland. 

Open from March to November 

Opening from March to November Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway takes in the seasons and contrasts springs explosion of colours with summers tranquillity and autumn’s extensive palette of coloured leaves. Twenty miles of cultivated pathways meander, twist and entangle the three woods and parkland areas. Rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs all put in seasonal appearances among the cornucopia of plants lovingly cared for by the highly trained staff. Two designated picnic areas are each accompanied by picturesque ponds brimming with lazy Koi carp. Also on view is the wide variety of wildlife which makes its home among the gardens and wooded areas. Squirrels, pheasants, butterflies, dragonflies and New Forest deer can all be seen thriving within their natural habitat.

Exbury Steam Railway

If twenty miles sounds like too much hard work there is another way to experience both the flora and fauna on display. Blue liveried steam engines of the Exbury Gardens Railway follow a one and a quarter mile circular route along a twelve and a quarter inch gauge track. The twenty minute journey time travels across a curving timber viaduct, over a bridge, through a tunnel and traverses a causeway. Passing modern metal sculptures, a rock garden, a sunflower field and the Lake Moss Monster Hump-phrey the train continues on through and past individual themed gardens. Arriving back at the station a tea room and gift shop provide the opportunity for sustenance and memorabilia.

Go and discover Exbury Gardens for yourself - it provides a different kind of magic for everybody!


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