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Wartime walks

3rd Aug 2019 11:00 - 15:30

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wartime walks

Join John Stanley, author of The Exbury Junkers: a World War II Mystery, on a guided walk through Exbury Gardens. John will retell the curious tale of the solitary Junkers Ju188 aircraft that flew into the heart of the allied invasion preparations on the Solent just weeks before D-Day and was shot down, crashing at Exbury.

Hear about the wartime role of Exbury House, see where the plane crashed and killed the seven young German airmen on board and find out why novelist Nevil Shute become so intrigued by this lone German bomber and its unknown mission.


Tours will start at 11am and 2pm, lasting approximately 90 minutes. Please meet at the Visitor Entrance, approximately 10 minutes before your preferred tour is due to depart.


£5 per person for Friends of Exbury members.

£14.50 per person for non-members - includes entry to the gardens for a full day.

Pre-booking is encouraged, although tickets can be bought on the day. Please call 02380 891203 or speak to a member of staff at the Visitor Entrance to book your place. 


Departing from the Visitor Entrance, John will lead the tour through the gardens towards Exbury House. Attendees will then enter some of the private areas of Exbury, still occupied by the Rothschild family, through the Italian Garden (not open to the public) and round to the old workshop. The group will then pass our Nissen hut and proceed to the actual crash site!

‘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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