about Exbury steam railway

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.

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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.

‘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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