Exbury Gardens Summary
- Address: Exbury, Southampton, SO45 1AZ (Map)
- Tel: +44 (0)23 8089 1203
- Fax: +44 (0)23 8089 9940
- Owner: Exbury Gardens Ltd
- Administrator: Estate Office
- E-mail: Click here to contact
- Website: Go to the Exbury Gardens website
Exbury Gardens Description
Created by Lionel de Rothschild in the 1920s, the Gardens are a stunning vision of his inspiration, offering 200-acres of natural beauty & horticultural variety. The Gardens are host to many rare and venerable species, and they continue to evolve under the careful direction of the Rothschild family and the Head Gardener.
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. In mid-spring the rhododendrons and azaleas are at their peak and full of vibrant colour. The full bloom of the Sundial Garden and Herbaceous Borders announces the arrival of summer. Autumn follows in a blaze of colour with Japanese maples, deciduous azaleas and dogwoods, and Exbury’s National Collection of Nyssa and Oxydendrum.
The 12 ¼” gauge 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 and includes a bridge, tunnel, viaduct and ‘Exbury North’ halt. You can view further information on their excellent and very comprehensive Website.
Exbury Garden – Winner of the 2001 Historic Houses Association / Christie’s ‘Garden of the Year’ Award
Exbury Gardens won the 2001’ Garden of the Year’ award, sponsored by the Historic Houses Association and Christies’s/ This prestigious national award is given in recognition of an outstanding garden both in its horticultural and public appeal and reflects all that this world-famous Hampshire garden has to offer visitors.
Previous winners include Hever Castle, Newby Hall, Forde Abbey, Haddon Hall, Heale Gardens and Cottesbrooke Hall.
In 2011, Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway won the inaugural Hudson’s Heritage award for ‘Best Garden UK’.
Opening Times - 2014
• 15th March – 2nd November: daily, 10 am - 5 pm (car park gates close at 6 pm)
Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets) - 2013
• Adults / Seniors £11.00 (£10.00)
• Child (under 16 years) - £2.75 (£2.50)
• Family (2+3) - £24.75 (£22.50)
• Group Adults / Seniors (15+ paying individuals) - £10.00 (£9.00)
• Buggy ticket £4.00 per person
• Rail ticket £4.00 per person
Autumn at Exbury
Autumn at Exbury is a very special time of year. Whilst spring is colourful with the blooms of the Rothschild Collection, autumn brings the deep russets of the maples, acers and dogwoods. On still days there are wonderful reflections to be seen in the ponds. A special trail will lead visitors around the garden to the best of the colour - not that you have to look too hard!
Colourful displays can also be seen under cover - throughout October the Exbury Five Arrows Gallery in the gardens plays host to an exhibition of nerines - "jewel-lilies", and visitors will be able to judge for their favourite in a "beauty competition."
Your Reviews of Exbury Gardens
Rita May Grimsted (15 August 2011)
Exbury Gardens have gone down in history - my memory is fresh as were the splendid masses of orchids, the wonderful trees and shrubs, wet with the early morning dew, the song of the birds greeting yet another day and, yes, a sense of peace came to us all as we searched for bird's eggs and collected leaves from the trees blowing in the breeze. It was the year 1944 - we were 10yrs old, and invited there by our dad R.N. Officer Ernie Grimsted to spend the weekend at HMS Mastodon, as he was then Master at Arms. He played the organ for us in Exbury Church, and we played putting on the church lawns - and so we were able to forget the enemy planes overhead and the odd one which crashed on the gardens. Life continued there despite so many obstacles, gardeners work so hard all year round to give us the continued joy sense of peace and well being, see you all again very soon God willing.
Margaret Ross-Munro (13 May 2005)
My husband and I have just returned from a short break to the New Forest area and whilst there we visited Exbury Gardens. To say they are stunning is to under state them. As we walked around it seemed a carpet of colour met us at every turn and it just went on and on it was absolutely fantastic. We have visited other gardens in other areas but none can even come close to Exbury. We took several photos which thankfully show the beauty of the blooms we saw. It was a super sunny day and such a great pleasure to wander around the gardens taking in all the colour and size of the azaleas and rhododendrons. Our thanks to all the staff at Exbury and to 'Mr Eddy'( as I believe the owner is known) for allowing us to see his amazing collection of shrubs.
Additional Info for Exbury Gardens
- Dogs allowed
- Disabled Access
- Meals Available
- Live Entertainment
- Car Parking
- Historic Houses Association
Credit Cards Accepted
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