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Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

All aboard for a classic steam railway journey through gorgeous Hampshire woodlands and colorful flower displays packed with fascinating and rare blooms.  

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway is home to a stunning collection of flowers and trees across 200 acres (81 hectares) of gardens and woodland. Nestled at the edge of the New Forest, the tranquil site is home to rhododendrons, camellias and rare and exotic flora. A charming steam engine takes passengers on an relaxing journey through several sections of the gardens.

Amble around the site’s vibrant gardens. The rhododendron section is the pride of Exbury Gardens, particularly in May when its collection of more than 10,000 specimens is in full bloom. Check out the tree and shrub collection, planted in the early 20th century. Climb aboard the Exbury Gardens Railway, which leaves roughly once per hour. Spot wildlife and flora on the atmospheric journey, which takes around 20 minutes.

The elderly and those with small children will also appreciate the buggy service that takes visitors around key parts of the gardens. The service stops 10 times along the 40-minute route, allowing passengers to get out and capture photos of the displays. 

Take a pit stop at Mr Eddy’s Tea Rooms for food and drinks. Enjoy a typically English menu featuring jacket potatoes and fish and chips. Browse Mr Eddy’s Shop for souvenirs and floral and train-themed books and gifts. Keen gardeners can also select from an array of plants for sale. The gardens are open from mid-March until the beginning of November from morning until late afternoon. There is an entrance fee for both the gardens and the railway section of the site. If you have the time, considering visiting nearby Beaulieu, home to the National Motor Museum, Palace House, Beaulieu Abbey and World of Top Gear. 

Exbury Gardens is located just north of the Isle of Wight, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Southampton’s city center. It sits on England’s south coast in the southeastern part of the picturesque New Forest area.


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    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in New Forest District, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Buckler's Hard and within 6 miles (10 km) of Beaulieu National Motor Museum and Palace House. Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway and Brockenhurst College are also within 9 miles (15 km).

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    17 Forest Gate, Langley, Southampton, ENG
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in New Forest District, this cottage is within 3 miles (5 km) of Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway, Lepe Country Park and Calshot Beach. Beaulieu National Motor Museum and Palace House are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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      BLACKFIELD ROAD, Southampton, England
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in New Forest District, this guesthouse is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Calshot Beach and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway. Beaulieu National Motor Museum and Lepe Country Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        The Montagu Arms Hotel £181
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        The Montagu Arms Hotel

        Beaulieu, New Forest, Brockenhurst, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in New Forest District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palace House and Beaulieu National Motor Museum. Buckler's Hard is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) away.

          6 Hamlet Court
          6 Hamlet Court

          6 Hamlet Court

          6 Hamlet Court Church Lane Fawley, Southampton, England
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in New Forest District, this cottage is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Calshot Beach and within 6 miles (10 km) of Beaulieu National Motor Museum and Lepe Country Park. Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway and Palace House are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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            6 Hamlet Court, Church Lane, Southampton, ENG
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Chapel Lane, Thatch Cottage, Brockenhurst, ENG
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Southampton Harbour Hotel £121
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                Southampton Harbour Hotel

                5 Maritime Walk, Ocean Village, Southampton, England
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Southampton City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Solent Sky Museum, Ocean Village Marina and St. Mary's Stadium. WestQuay Shopping Centre and Southampton Solent University are also within 2 miles (3 km). Southampton Woolston Station is 23 minutes by foot.