Exbury Gardens is an impressive 200 acre site and is world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. The yearly season starts in March and finishes in November meaning you can see the explosion of colours in Spring, the pure tranquility during Summer and watch how the gardens change colour in the Autumn. There really is something for everyone at Exbury – the steam railway, the tearooms, play areas, riverside walks plus all the beautiful flowers. There is a surprise around every corner!

Before you head into the Gardens why not stop off at Mr Eddy’s Tea Rooms for a variety of cakes, sandwiches, hot and cold drinks plus breakfasts and lunches – a great way to build up your energy before you wander off for hours!

As you head into the garden you pass the Steam train and this is a must for all – a lovely way to explore the north-east part of the gardens! The journey is 20 minutes and you pass through various parts of the garden and you can also meet the woodland creatures created from moss – ExburyGardensincluding a deer, dog, horse and rabbits! Once the journey comes to an end you are itching to get off and start exploring the beautiful Exbury Gardens.

Thank goodness there are as many help points and maps dotted around as it is so very easy to get lost in the 20 miles of pathways, 3 woodlands and parkland!

Our favourite parts was the Rock Garden – so simple yet so magnificent. The daffodil meadow – a blanket of stunning colour. The Azela Bowl – even though not bursting with colour it was still bursting with tranquility. The River Walk – beautiful views out on Beaulieu River and so peaceful and last but definitely not least Mrs Lionel’s Seat – with stunning views down towards Top Pond, Camellia Walk and Maple Walk it was a chance to rest our feet and take in the stunning surroundings.

You cannot help but feel in awe when at Exbury – you are filled with wonder and also lost for words with just how mesmerising the place is. A truly memorable day out and one to visit every season!