Welcome to Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway


We are very privileged to have our own slice of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show here at Exbury, courtesy of the National Brain Appeal’s Rare Space Garden. 


The garden was designed by Charlie Hawkes and sponsored by Project Giving Back, taking inspiration from people living with rare forms of dementia. It was previously on show at the RHS Chelsea Flower show in May 2023, where the garden won not only a coveted Gold Medal but was also awarded Best Sanctuary Garden and Best Construction Award (Sanctuary Garden).


The garden fosters autonomy and hope, offering a balance between exploration and calm navigation.


You can experience the Rare Space Garden for yourself as part of your Exbury visit. It’s located next to the Five Arrows Gallery.




While you're here, take a moment to scroll down and watch our video for a taste of what your visit could look like. 

Exbury has something for everyone this year.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Please note that we do not accept cash on site.


Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway

Celebrating more than 100 years of horticultural excellence 

Your next visit could look like something like this…






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At Exbury Gardens there is a commitment to the encouragement of wildlife and a belief in a light touch so that natural environments can thrive.

From spring to summer the bluebells, primroses, daffodils, and wildflowers including the green winged orchid – entice butterflies, bumble bees and many other insects.

From midsummer to autumn the herbaceous borders become the focus of a buzzing frenzy while damselflies and dragonflies hover around the ponds.

The song thrush, goldcrest, fire crest, spotted woodpeckers and goshawks are regular visitors and a family of ravens can be heard ‘cronking’ in the early evening.

On the river margin teal, curlew, lapwing and even occasionally an otter can be spotted. Badgers, foxes and deer are residents of the undergrowth while bats and owls bring the night skies alive.

Of course, Wild Exbury doesn’t just refer to the outstanding nature of this wonderful garden. It is also a reference to somewhere which allows a level of relaxation for all the family not always possible in more formal environments.  We have a playground, a log trail and meandering woodland paths for a truly immersive experience for all. 




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