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.

‘We recently had some friends from London to visit and were looking for something to entertain our young children for the day. We decided to give Exbury Gardens a try and I thought it was wonderful. We had Sunday lunch in the restaurant and the food was far superior to other local attractions so compliments to the chef. Walking through the gardens was beautiful with lots of little pathways to explore. I have lived in the Romsey area for many years and always thought Exbury was a little out of the way but it only took me 20 minutes from the motorway. We will definitely be a regular visitor from now on.’

Philip Moulds, New Forest

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