Train explorer activity

Please note that Exbury is now closed for the Winter.

Please note that the steam railway will only be operating the Halloween Ghost Train between Monday 25th - Sunday 31st October 2021. Tickets for this must have been booked online prior to your visit.

exbury train explorer activity

Train explorer activity | Free activity for children | Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway | New Forest | Hampshire

Brand new explorer activity for families - take part on our Steam Railway

New for summer 2021: Children can enjoy our fun and educational explorer activity - created to celebrate 20 years of our wonderful steam railway. 

Ernest Everest, the explorer, is missing some important information from his notebook and needs the help of Exbury's young explorers! Families' will learn some interesting facts about Exbury Gardens, the Rothschild family and the New Forest as they help Ernest spot the missing pages of his notebook during their train journey. To take part, please pick up a free leaflet at Exbury Central Station.

Railway explorer activity included in train ticket price.

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Our steam railway now stops at Dragonfly Halt and Exbury North stations, allowing passengers to alight and visit the northernmost section of the gardens (including the new Dragonfly Pond). Passengers can ride a later train back to Exbury Central station but please note that we cannot guarantee that there will be spaces available.

Additional information:

  • Admission onto the steam train is only permitted by visitors who have purchased admission to the gardens and paid for a railway ticket, costing £5.50 per person.

  • 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.

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.

‘What could be better on a trip down to the New Forest than a walk in a beautiful garden, a ride on a steam train (which my grandson adored!) and a chance to see the Beaulieu river close up? A memorable day out and a gem of a place’

Rob Gregory, Oxford

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