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Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway


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Exbury, Southampton, Hampshire SO45 1AZ

1½ mile



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Created by Lionel de Rothschild in the 1920's, the Gardens are a stunning vision of his inspiration, offering 200-acres of natural beauty & horticultural variety.

Exbury reflects the changing moods of nature. Early spring sees the magnolias and camellias burst into flower, whilst the Daffodil Meadow is a carpet of vibrant gold. The Rock Garden with many Himalayan plantings is a special place to visit in April, whilst from mid-spring the rhododendrons and azaleas are at their peak & full of vibrant colour. The full bloom of the Sundial Garden, Herbaceous Gardens and Hydrangea Walk announces the arrival of summer. Autumn follows bringing spectacular displays of colour from the Japanese maples, deciduous azaleas & dogwoods that flourish.

The popular steam railway takes visitors on a magical journey around the northeast corner of the Gardens and through the Summer Lane Garden planted with bulbs, herbaceous perennials and grasses. The journey lasts 20 minutes & features include a bridge, tunnel, viaduct & 'Exbury North' halt.

Exbury hosts a wide range of events throughout the year including concerts, open air theatre evening walks and railway events – including Ghost Trains and Santa Steam Specials!