Exbury Gardens is open to the public, with a number of special measures in place to safeguard the wellbeing of our visitors and staff.

With new government guidance on taking exercise in visitor gardens, we are very pleased to announce that Exbury Gardens will be open throughout the lockdown period and possibly throughout December. We believe that keeping the gardens open to the public in this way is in the best interest of all, enabling our visitors to reap the mental and physical benefits of using our 200 acres of outstanding natural beauty for exercise.


Good to go England | covid-19 | Exbury Gardens, New Forest, Hampshire
Our thorough hygiene measures have earned us the coveted 'We're Good to Go' award from Visit Britain and we will continue to provide our visitors with the reassurance that we are doing all that we can to provide a safe visitor experience. To learn more about our COVID-19 safety measures, please visit our Safety Measures FAQs page on our website by clicking this link.

The gardens are exceptionally beautiful at the moment, with our acer collection shedding vibrant scarlet leaves and our National Plant Collection of Nyssa and Oxydendrum aflame with oranges and yellows. We are also having an exceptionally good year for fungi, with many interesting species carpeting our woodland garden. We have very rarely opened in November in the past and so it's a real pleasure to be able to show off our collections of rare trees and shrubs at this time of year. To book your tickets click the button below*.

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Here's some handy tips for visiting Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway at the moment.

Tips for visiting

Watch this short video to see a quick recap of some of our safety measures in action here at Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway.**

*Please note that all tickets must now be booked online, in advance, with specific arrival time slots. Friends of Exbury also need to book, in order for us to control visitor numbers. If you are a Friends of Exbury member please click here to book your arrival timeslot. 

**Although this video shows the steam railway safety guidance, the steam railway is actually closed for the winter.

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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