Hampshire has some amazing gardens for the whole family to enjoy. Here are 5 we have explored and would recommend.

Furzey Gardens

Furzey Gardens, nestled in the heart of the New Forest, is a botanical wonderland brimming with enchantment. Walk through winding pathways bordered by vibrant blooms, ancient trees, and whimsical sculptures. Discover hidden treasures at every turn, from tranquil ponds to secret woodland glades. With its rich tapestry of colors and scents, Furzey Gardens offers a serene retreat for nature lovers and a playground of exploration for curious little ones.

๐ŸŒท Rare and unusual plants
โ˜•๏ธ Cosy thatched tea room
๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ Over 40 fairy doors
โœ๏ธ Kids activity sheet
โœ… Every time you visit you are helping them to provide support and work experience for people with learning disabilities.

๐Ÿ“ School Ln, Minstead, Lyndhurst SO43 7GL

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Sir Harold Hillier Arboretum and Gardens

Sir Harold Hillier Arboretum and Gardens, is a horticultural paradise spanning 180 acres. Named after its founder, the arboretum boasts an impressive collection of over 42,000 trees and shrubs from around the world. Depending on the time of your visit, you can wander through themed gardens, including the Winter Garden and the Bog Garden, each showcasing a diverse range of plants. With winding paths, tranquil ponds, and stunning vistas, it’s a haven for nature enthusiasts. Whether admiring the vibrant blooms of spring or the fiery hues of autumn, a visit to Hillier promises a botanical feast for the senses.

โœ… Seasonal events & exhibitions
โœ… Hidden trails
โœ… Picnic spots galore & 3 cafรฉs
โœ… Huge treehouse for kids and their parents
โœ… Multiple play areas

If you’re planning on visiting every season for their seasonal gardens and festive events, consider a yearly membership.

๐Ÿ“ Jermyns Ln, Romsey SO51 0QA

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West Green House Gardens

West Green House Gardens, nestled in Hook, is a horticultural gem that seamlessly marries history, art, and nature. This enchanting 18th-century manor house estate boasts meticulously landscaped gardens that have been lovingly restored and maintained, offering visitors a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Sit down at their tea room under the vines and enjoy your quality time with friends or family.

โœ… Seasonal events & exhibitions – Apple weekend, Halloween, Festive Lights, Opera
โœ… Sitting spots
โœ… Tea room

๐Ÿ“ Thackham’s Ln, West Green, Hook RG27 8JB

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Beaulieu Grounds & Gardens

Home of BBC’s Gardeners’ World Spring Fair, Beaulieu is a botanical haven teeming with natural beauty, so don’t hesitate to lose yourself in their serene grounds and gardens via their extensive network of footpaths. The gardens were originally the grounds of ancient Beaulieu Abbey and later Palace House. They are now managed by Beaulieuโ€™s team.

The kids loved the Alice in Wonderland ‘Thyme for Tea’ herb table and topiary display

โœ… Wood carvings
โœ… Love-lock tree
โœ… Victorian flower garden and kitchen garden
โœ… Wilderness garden
โœ… Mill Pond walk

๐Ÿ“ Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN

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Exbury gardens and steam railway

Exbury has 200 acres of gardens and woodland to explore so you will certainly need at least half a day to explore at least some of it and make the most of your visit. They have a great map of the grounds and where various features are including their cafes and looโ€™s. But actually part of the fun we found was just using the map as a bit of a rough direction and then getting lost in the trails and itโ€™s like one big maze with surprises at every corner. The kids loved running ahead of us, and thereโ€™s main routes as well as lots of more narrow gravel pathways to discover.

Hereโ€™s a handy map of Exbury โ€“ https://www.exbury.co.uk/interactive-map

They also have a great steam train experience – Itโ€™s a 1.5 mile track and is a wonderful experience, particularly for young kids and train enthusiasts, also a great additional is that itโ€™s dog friendly too so we enjoyed seeing various dogโ€™s popping their head out of the open carriages with the wind in their fur!

You can read more info on our full day out guide in Exbury here – https://ourhampshire.com/a-world-of-colour-visiting-exbury-gardens-at-springtime/

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