Spectacular New Forest gardens and railway is just 2 hours from Kent

Contributed by editor on May 07, 2017 - 01:45 PM



By Dana Wiffen

Spectacular New Forest gardens and extended railway and a journey time of around two hours makes this a great day out for people in Kent.


Exbury Gardens in Hampshire is on the edge of the The New Forest and around 100 miles from Kent

It has a spectacular and exciting array of flowers and probably one of the most colourful displays in Spring in the UK.

On top of this a wonderful narrow gauge railway which has recently celebrated the official opening of its extension runs through a mile and a half of gardens.

The train heads through the wonderful gardens  Photo: Dana Wiffen

The steam railway track has now takes in the North Lake to a new gardens area never before seen by the public.

The train passes colourful plants  Photo: Dana Wiffen

TV personality and train lover Dan Snow was a special guest for the private opening event, which included friends and relatives of the Rothschild family.

Exbury North Station  Photo: Dana Wiffen

Together with Lionel de Rothschild, they unveiled the name of our new station: Dragonfly Halt. Once Dragonfly Pond has become established, visitors will be able to alight at this new station to view the surrounding wildlife.

The spectacular blooms  photo: Dana Wiffen

This is the time to see the peak of Exbury Gardens spring colour.

In the New Forest this month Exbury Gardens has been enjoying a few weeks of glorious blue skies and sunshine.

Look what's in store for visitors  Photo: Dana Wiffen

The next couple of weeks will really showcase the garden in its prime with azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias in full bloom.

More bloom awaits visitors throughout the gardens  Photo: Dana Wiffen

There is also the Four Seasons Artists exhibiting in the Five Arrows Gallery until Sunday 11th June (free with standard admission into the gardens).

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