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Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

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Address: Exbury, New Forest SO45 1AZ, England
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+44 23 8089 1203
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Exbury Gardens is home to the world-famous Rothschild Collection of...

Exbury Gardens is home to the world-famous Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, rare trees and shrubs, in the beautiful New Forest. Offering peace, relaxation and tranquility - a day spent at Exbury is a day spent in paradise. Created in the 1920s, the gardens extend over 200 acres of natural beauty that echo to the names of the famous plant hunters. Explore on foot, by chauffeur-driven buggy tour or travel on the Exbury Gardens Steam Railway. Mr Eddy's Restaurant and Tearooms; Plant Centre and Gift Shop; free parking. VAQAS assessed.

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I'll admit I didn't expect much from Exbury Gardens, but was pleasantly surprised. The gardens are set over large, sprawling grounds with lots of secret nooks and crannies to... read more

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I'll admit I didn't expect much from Exbury Gardens, but was pleasantly surprised. The gardens are set over large, sprawling grounds with lots of secret nooks and crannies to explore. When we visited, the entire place was awash with fluorescent pinks, vivid greens and deep reds, all of which made it feel like we had wandered onto a Disney film... More 

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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Queues! They charge a fortune and seem incapable of getting enough people on s bank holiday to issue tickets. Have experienced this before too. But online before and you will be whisked through. Why don't they allow you to go online whilst queuing at full price

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Thank AliTrev2
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the garden yesterday as part of a coach trip and were bowled over by the spectacular colours of the rhododendrons, azaleas etc. It was simply breathtaking at every turn. I am a keen horticulturalist and have visited many many gardens over the years but this one was so beautiful I felt quite moved. It is beautifully designed and... More 

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chester uk
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Go in the spring when the azaleas and rhododendrons are in bloom. What a fabulous place to visit. we walked all around drinking in the scents and such wonderful colours, a little taste of heaven.

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Thank ChesterUkCarol56
Verwood, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The gardens are beautiful radiant colours every which way you turn in April/May . I think a trip in Autumn would be nice to. We found the café very reasonable. If I had a complaint it would be that I would have liked to see the plants and trees details i.e. names and what type of species they were but,... More 

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Thank Barbara R
Crowborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For those of us who watch the 'U S Masters Golf' on TV every year, and marvel at the wonderful setting for the competition.......well you must visit Exbury Gardens !! My wife and I visited for the first time while on a short break in the area earlier this week. We were very lucky with a wonderful day's weather, and... More 

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bournemouth
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Lovely place, such beauty. Sad about the cafe - obviously trying to get rid of yesterday's scones. I couldn't eat mine, it was turning to dust. When I mentioned (very nicely) that I felt they had given me yesterday's scone by mistake, absolutely no reaction. Won't bother again.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a fab place - the flowers we saw were just amazing - every corner turned revealed another fantastic scene - just loved it

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East Sussex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My visit 23.4.17 Rhododendrons and azaleas were out and spectacular. Admission was £10.45, I think 20% for dogs, and something like £4.50/4.95 for the hop on vehicle if you don't want to walk it all. I found walking quite tiring. Didn't use the little steam train - think that also is about £5 Lovely wooded road to the garden. On... More 

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Exbury Gardens Not brilliant for the wheelchair user too many gravel areas to cross, watched several people being dragged backwards in wheelchairs to enter and leave, and inside the gardens. They do offer a cart trip, but that means you are not independent to roam around. Great for dogs on a short lead. It was dog day today so discount... More 

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