Groups of all age ranges, sizes and needs are welcomed to Exbury

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Groups can enjoy special priviledges including:

  • Discounted entry to the gardens
  • Free gardens and railway ticket for group organiser and coach driver
  • Discount in Mr Eddy's Restaurant for coach driver
  • Special guided tours and talks that start at £1 per person
  • Chartered train**

To book or notify us of your group visit and to organise any additional tours please contact our administration team.

See below for more information on the special priviledges mentioned.


The following tours and talks are available for groups at a cheaper price:

Meet & greet

Starts at £1 per person

Senior staff member

Starts at £3.20 per person

Head Gardener's tour

Starts at £4 per person

More information can be found on our Guided Garden Tours page.

Food & drink

Mr Eddys Restaurant can accommodate large groups in both the main restaurant and the private Azalea Room. If you are hoping to eat together in a large group or would like to book the Azalea Room, we ask that you notify Mr Eddy's before your visit.  


Nurturing a passion for gardening is paramount to the continued lifetime of gardens like our own. This is why we encourage school visits to Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway.

Mini-horticulturalists can roam the gardens, collect nature's artefacts such as leaves and twigs, sketch the trees or conduct wildlife surveys. Our Azalea Room attached to Mr Eddy's Restaurant is the perfect juxtaposition to outdoor learning and is a great space for lunchtime or learning activities.

Unfortunately at this moment in time we are unable to offer additional support for school groups. However, you could book a tour with Head Gardener Tom, who will tailor his tour to the needs of the group.

**depending on group size and visitor numbers on elected visit date. Must be requested in advance.

‘A truly fantastic day out. My wife and I were bowled over by the amazing spring colours of rhododendrons and azaleas and there was literally colour everywhere. There are beautiful areas to walk through as well as places to sit. We took a picnic in the hope of being able to sit by one of the ponds and were not disappointed – the reflections were as spectacular as the real thing! The next thing we want to do is return in the autumn to see the colours change as it must be beautiful’

David Parker, Christchurch

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