about Exbury steam railway

Please note that the steam railway will only be operating the Halloween Ghost Train between Monday 25th - Sunday 31st October 2021. Tickets for this must have been booked online prior to your visit.

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, Exbury Steam Railway was built in 2001 and is the inspiration of the late Leopold de Rothschild.

Our narrow-gauge steam railway departs from replica Victorian station Exbury Central and travels on an extended 1.5 mile track through the gardens. The train meanders through the Summer Lane Garden (only accessible by train) before skirting past the Rock Garden, travelling through the tunnel and then stopping off at Exbury North to refuel. The return journey includes a circle of Dragonfly Pond, where passengers can watch out for wildlife, before heading back to Exbury Central.

Our steam railway now stops at Dragonfly Halt and Exbury North stations, allowing passengers to alight and visit the northernmost section of the gardens (including the new Dragonfly Pond). Passengers can ride a later train back to Exbury Central station but please note that we cannot guarantee that there will be spaces available.

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Steam Railway facts

Built in 2001 Inspiration of enthusiast Leopold de Rothschild
1 1/2 miles of track Seats up to 90 (45 with social distancing)
Platform inspired by Aviemore Station in Scotland 12 1/4" gauge

Dog on train

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Additional information:

  • Admission onto the steam train is only permitted by visitors who have purchased admission to the gardens and paid for a railway ticket, costing £5.50 per person.

  • In exceptional circumstances, such as hot or dry weather, Exbury Gardens may use a diesel engine instead of a steam locomotive to reduce any risk of fire.

While Exbury Gardens Ltd have taken all reasonable care to follow government COVID-19 safety guidelines, visitors enter at their own risk. Click here for a comprehensive list of the safety measures we've implemented.

‘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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