We are very pleased to announce that the steam railway is now open, following new government guidelines.
New safety measures are in place to ensure that the steam railway operates as safely as it can. These include:
If you would like to ride the steam railway on your next visit, please book your tickets at the Visitor Entrance upon arrival. However if you are visiting during October half term, you will need to call 02380 891203 to pre-book the Halloween Ghost Train. You must either hold a Friends of Exbury Membership or have paid for gardens admission to ride the steam railway.
Please be aware that due to our COVID-19 safety measures, our trains have a smaller capacity at the moment. On busier days, this can mean that trains are booking up very early in the day. We therefore advise visitors who would like to ride the steam train, to book an arrival timeslot to the gardens for 2pm or earlier.
Trains should run at the following times:
|Built in 2001||Inspiration of enthusiast Leopold de Rothschild|
|1 1/2 miles of track||Seats up to 90|
|Platform inspired by Aviemore Station in Scotland||12 1/4" gauge|
Departing from Exbury Central Station, the train meanders through the Summer Lane Garden (not accessible by foot) 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.
After their journey, passengers are encourages to explore the engine shed where graphics, videos and memorabilia line the walls, recalling steam's heyday and the construction of Exbury's railway.
Our steam railway has two carriages adapted to accomodate wheelchair users and their families. These are larger than normal carriages and have a ramp to assist in getting on and off the train.
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.