With the days beginning to shorten and the weather cooling, it really feels like true autumn has settled into Exbury Gardens during October. Our extensive collection of acers and maples, alongside majestic oak trees, vibrant dogwoods and our National Plant Collection of Nyssa and Oxydendrum, are creating vibrant autumnal scenes for visitors, with their change from green to red.

When to see autumn colour at Exbury Gardens

Autumn colour is always dependent on the weather but generally we advise visiting in October to see the best that Exbury has to offer, with mid-October being the optimum time to visit. The long, hot summer means that the autumn foliage should be especially good this year.

best areas to see autumn colour at Exbury gardens

1. Top Pond

Top Pond in Autumn | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, HampshireOur swamp cypress, nyssa trees and deciduous acers make the circular walk around this, our largest pond, a feast for the eyes during autumn.

2. Jubilee Hill

This area houses the largest number of our nyssa and oxydendrum collection. 

3. Mrs Lionel's Seat

Mrs Lionel's Seat | Autumn | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, HampshireMrs Lionel was the wife of Exbury's Founder and it's said that this was her favourite place to sit in Exbury Gardens. It's understandable, as the view downstream towards the Japanese Bridge in autumn boasts vibrant acers, grand gunneras and shady tree ferns.

4. Maple Walk

A newer addition to the gardens, Maple Walk was specifically created to be an autumnal delight in October, and it doesn't disapoint.

5. The Park

The Park | Autumn colour | Exbury Gardens | New Forest, Hampshire

‘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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