More than 100 years in the making, Exbury's glorious gardens, designed and curated by the de Rothschild family, have the power to delight and inspire in equal measure. Exbury is renowned for spring colour, set apart from other gardens by our world-famous collection of rhododendrons and azaleas. These stunning shrubs are at their height in April and May, lining the paths with elegant flowers. Spring also sees a spectacular display of camellias and magnolias, as well as hundreds of thousands of spring bulbs in Daffodil Meadow and the River of Gold.
More information about the gardens here.
Exbury steam railway
Celebrating its 22nd anniversary in 2023, Exbury steam railway was the inspiration of the late Leopold de Rothschild. The narrow-gauge engines that travel on the Rhododendron Line depart from Exbury Central, a replica of a Aviemore Station as it would have appeared in Victorian times. The trains travel on an extended 1.5 mile track through the gardens, meandering through the Summer Lane Garden (only accessible by train) before skirting past the Rock Garden, travelling through the tunnel and then stopping off at Exbury North to refuel. The return journey includes a loop around Dragonfly Pond, where passengers can watch out for wildlife, before heading back to Exbury Central.
More information about the railway here.
About the visit
£34 covers the coach journey, entry to the gardens, the steam railway, and the driver’s gratuity.
We’ll pick up from:
- HIADS, the Station Theatre at 08.45
- URC Church on Hollow Lane at 08.50
- Bus stop opposite Tournerbury Lane at 08.55
- Bus stop opposite New Cut at 09.00
We plan to return to Hayling island between 6 and 7pm depending on traffic.
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Cost of the visit is £34 per member.
There are 57 places available.
Number awaiting payment: 1, confirmed bookings: 56, waiting list entries: 2.
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