Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
Exbury Gardens is 200 acre woodland garden, world-famous for its collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias, rare trees and plants.

Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942) was the man whose inspiration created Exbury Gardens, he once described himself as ‘a banker by hobby, a gardener by profession’. After the war Edmund de Rothschild restored the gardens to their former glory and continued his father’s work by cultivating new parts of the garden and raising new Exbury hybrids; sons Nicholas and Lionel also share in the family passion for gardening.

The steam railway follows a one and a quarter mile circular route around the gardens with a journey time of about twenty minutes.

* The Adventure Play Area, brand new for 2014, will be a must-stop destination for younger visitors, with a basket swing climbing apparatus and a slide, with easy access to the toilet facilities, and only a stone's throw away from the Tea Rooms.
March to November Daily from 10am
Sat 15 Mar 2014 - Sun 02 Nov 2014
Free entry for under 3s
Steam train ride £4
The Estate Office, Exbury, Hampshire SO45 1AZ
Tel:023 8089 1203
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Royal couple at Exbury
26 May 2011
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall continued a Royal tradition of visiting Exbury Gardens in the New Forest. The couple met staff and Rothschild family members, planted trees and unveiled a plaque to mark the 10th anniversary of the Garden’s steam railway.

His Royal Highness donned an Exbury railwayman’s cap to ride the footplate of the train where he tried his hand at driving the engine.

Picture: The prince of Wales and Mr Leopold de Rothschild, head for the driver's seat on the engine.
The Duchess of Cornwall seemed delighted to receive a posy of flowers from three-year-olds, Sorrel Anderson and Henrietta Reynolds, while children from Fawley Nursery School looked on.

Children from Blackfield and Beaulieu Primary Schools joined the train, which was decorated with union flags and bore a sequence of four lamps – the Royal Code - on the front of the engine, which signified that Royalty was aboard.

Mr Leopold de Rothschild said he was delighted to welcome The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
Exbury Gardens
Exbury’s amazing trees
A new guide to hundreds of trees in a world-famous Hampshire garden will help visitors discover rare and beautiful specimens in 200 acres of woodland walks.

A Guide to the Trees of Exbury, written by head gardener John Anderson, follows a trail to four sections of the Gardens, so that visitors can walk from tree to tree, learning about the characteristics of each.

On the right is the Devil’s Walking Stick, Kalopanax septemlobus, one of the strangest trees in the Gardens, with sharp thorns along the branches and stems.

Sales of the book will support conservation work at Exbury Gardens. A Guide to the Trees of Exbury, £9.99.

Turn south off the B3054 Streetmap
Large car park on site
Mr Eddy’s Restaurant & Tearooms
The Tennis Court Tea Gardens
Toilets and parking for the disabled.
Exbury provides a limited number of wheelchairs (non motorised) free of charge, available from the admission gate. Wheelchair access maps identify routes suitable for wheelchairs and are also obtainable at the admission gate. Motorised scooters are welcomed in the Gardens as long as users keep to the recommended pathways.
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Well-behaved dogs are also welcome
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