Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

In a nutshell

Explore the 200-acres of beautiful woodland gardens of Exbury Gardens plus a steam railway and a play area.


Summer Lane, Exbury, Beaulieu, Hampshire SO45 1AZ

Contact details

Tel: 02380 891203

Activity type

Gardens and Open Spaces, Outdoor Activities, Trips and Transport

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide


(based on family of 4)

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway details...

Plan a great family day out in Hampshire at Exbury Gardens in the beautiful New Forest, with 20 miles of pathways, three woods and parkland which are perfect for little legs at all times of the year. At the Visitor Entrance you can purchase a ticket for the Family Trail, which includes a detailed, fun map guide with questions and a word search.

Together with the map guide will be a packet of Exbury Gardens’ salad seeds to take home and sow, an Exbury Plant Hunter pencil and the opportunity to win tickets for the Exbury Ghost Train! There is so much to explore and discover, including plants that existed before dinosaurs roamed the earth; plants dinosaurs liked to eat; a Chinese Coffin Tree and even the Devil’s Walking Stick!  Remember to look out for interesting wildlife, such as pheasant, squirrels, dragonflies and butterflies in the summer, as well as a range of bird life including tree crawlers and kingfishers. You may even spot some New Forest deer!

Allow time to go on a journey on the Exbury Steam Railway, which for many families is the highlight of a visit to the Gardens. The 20 minute journey around the north-east corner of the Gardens starts at Exbury Central Station when the guard invites a young passenger to wave the green flag to the driver! On your journey look out for the woodland creatures made out of moss, including rabbits, a squirrel, frog, owl and a deer. At the end of your journey have lots of fun at the adventure play area, which includes an Explorer Tower, Sky Walk Trail, Bird’s Nest Swing and ’Pick-Up Sticks’ climbing apparatus, all ideal for children aged 5 to 11 years old.

Younger visitors will enjoy the Play Hut, Bucket Swing and Horse Sit-In Springer. Families can enjoy a picnic at either of the two designated picnic areas, or enjoy a meal at Mr Eddy’s Tea Rooms followed by a New Forest ice-cream!

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