Exbury Gardens Summary
- Address: Exbury, Southampton, SO45 1AZ (Map)
- Tel: +44 (0)23 8089 1203
- Fax: +44 (0)23 8089 9940
- Owner: Rothschild Family
- 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 Lionel’s sons, Edmund and Leopold.
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 & full of vibrant colour. The full bloom of the Rose Garden & Herbaceous Gardens announces the arrival of summer. Autumn follows bringing spectacular displays of colour from the Japanese maples, deciduous azaleas & dogwoods that flourish.
The newly opened narrow 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 & includes a bridge, tunnel, viaduct and 'Exbury North' halt. You can view further information on their excellent and very comprehensive Website.
Exbury Gardens - 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 Christie's. This prestigious national award, now in its eighteenth year, 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, on so many different levels.
Previous winners include Hever Castle, Newby Hall, Forde Abbey, Haddon Hall, Heale Gardens and Cottesbrooke Hall.
Opening Times - 2012
- 10th March - 4th November: daily, 10 am - 5 pm (car park gates close at 6 pm)
Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets) - 2012
- Adult - £10.50 (£9.50)
- Concession - £10.00 (£9.00)
- Child (under 16 years) - Free
- Family (2+3) - £21.00 (£19.00)
- Group (15+) - £9.50 (£8.50)
Gardens plus Buggy OR Rail
- Adult - £14.00 (£12.50)
- Concession - £13.50 (£12.25)
- Group (15+) - £13.00 (£11.50)
- Child (3-15) - £4.00 (£3.50)
- Child (under 3) - FREE
- Family (2 + 3) - £35.00 (30.00)
(Gardens and Rail Combination ticket is available from 10 March - 26 October 2012)
(Gardens and Buggy Combination ticket is available from 11 June - 26 October 2012)
The Exbury Experience
Available only in the Low Season. A ticket gives entry to the Gardens, buggy tour, railway journey, self-guided tree trail and discount vouchers for the shop, Plant Centre and Mr Eddy's Restaurant
- Adult - £16.00 (£14.50)
- Concession - £15.50 (£14.00)
- Group (15 +) - £15.50 (£14.00)
- Child (3-15) - £6.00 (£5.45)
- Child (under 3) - FREE
- Family (2 + 3) - £40.00 (£36.00) (this ticket is available from 11th June - 26th Oct 2012)
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 which flourish. A special trail will lead visitors around the garden to the best of the colour - not that you have to look too hard!
On still days there are wonderful reflections in the many ponds and cascades through the Estate. 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."
More information on this garden can be found on The Gardens Guide.
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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