Our superb 12 ¼” railway runs along a 1 ½ mile track and gives a sweeping view of the northernmost part of Exbury Gardens.
At the moment the train is running on the red timetable, at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm every day. Our railway drivers may add additional trains on depending on visitor demand.
Opened in 2001, the railway was the inspiration of enthusiast Leopold de Rothschild and the culmination of ‘A Dream that Became Steam.’
Visitors can enjoy a relaxing 20 minute journey as the train passes through the specially designed ‘Summer Lane’ Garden. Now reaching maturity, the huge swathes of colourful perennials, flowering grasses, a pool and maturing trees compliment one another in a free-flowing naturalistic style. The railway skirts the top of the Rock Garden, where passengers are given a bird’s eye view of the largest man-made Rock Garden in Europe.
Children can enjoy looking out for Exbury’s sculpted woodland creatures, including deer, rabbits, lizards and meerkats.
Passengers regularly see pheasants from the train, and the occasional glimpses of deer, herons and kingfishers.
After their railway journey, passengers are encouraged to explore Exbury’s roomy Engine Shed. Graphics, videos and memorabilia line the walls recalling steam’s heyday and the construction of the railway.
Admission onto the steam train is only permitted by visitors who have purchased a Garden & Railway ticket.
In exceptional circumstances, such as hot or dry weather, Exbury Gardens may use a diesel engine instead of a steam locomotive to reduce any risk of fire.
New for 2018, enjoy a train ride next to a train driver as you sit and watch up close how a steam engine travels around our 1 1/2 mile track.
Participants must be 17+ yrs. Available to pre-book only.