For families

Families and children love to explore Exbury Gardens!

Come and explore the 20 miles of pathways, three woods and parkland which are perfect for little legs all times of the year!

In the Gardens, children can discover plants that existed before dinosaurs roamed the earth; plants dinosaurs liked to eat; a Chinese Coffin Tree and even the Devil’s Walking Stick!  A Family Trail is available to purchase at the Visitor Entrance which includes a detailed, fun map guide with questions and a word search. Included with the map guide will be a packet of Exbury Gardens salad seed to take home and sow; an Exbury Plant Hunter pencil and the opportunity to win tickets for the Exbury Ghost Train!

Don’t forget to pack your picnic when you come - there are two designated picnic areas, one close to Jubilee Pond with its lazy koi carp and hovering dragonflies, and a second close to the Five Arrows Gallery which has 

exhibitions on all year. Mr Eddy’s Tea Rooms does cater for children with lunchboxes and hot food available all day if you fancy treating yourselves and there are highchairs onsite too.

Children should keep their eyes peeled for all manner of wildlife – in addition to fish and herons they might expect to see pheasant, squirrels, dragonflies and butterflies in the summer, a range of birdlife including tree crawlers and kingfishers, and possibly New Forest deer. 

Don't miss our adventure Play which includes an Explorer Tower, Sky Walk Trail, Bird's Nest Swing and 'Pick-Up Sticks' climbing apparatus, all ideal for children 5 - 11 years old.  Younger visitors will enjoy our Play Hut, Bucket Swing and Horse Sit-In Springer.


Let off Steam on the Railway

For many families, the Exbury Steam Railway is a highlight of a visit to the Gardens. The 20 minute journey around the north-east corner of the Gardens commences at Exbury Central Station when the guard invites a young passenger to wave the green flag to the driver! Children are encouraged to look out for the railway’s woodland creatures made out of moss, including rabbits, a squirrel, frog, owl and a deer. After your railway journey, why not pause for a while at the turntable, a great opportunity to get close to Exbury’s steam engines, Rosemary, Naomi, Mariloo and Eddy the Diesel. Don't miss the walk-through Engine Shed Exhibition with displays of railway memorabilia and posters.


Baby change facilities are provided in each of the toilet blocks. Mr Eddy's Tea Rooms offer lots of choice for children including pick-your-own lunch boxes, and has a number of high chairs available.

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