Exbury Gardens were the inspiration of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild. It was his vision, his dedication and his resources which have created one of the finest woodland gardens in the country. A visitor once described Exbury as “Heaven with the gates open”. It is a garden for people young and old, horticulturalist or enthusiastic gardener, or just a lover of beautiful places. From botanical rarities to masses of spectacular colour, there is something for all to enjoy – a place to escape from the cares of the world. Lionel de Rothschild was a keen collector of plants, particularly rhododendrons and azaleas. He was also a highly successful hybridizer of many different species and Exbury is still filled with his creations. This tradition has been continued by his descendants, his sons Edmund and Leopold and grandsons Nicholas and Lionel, who actively continue to develop the gardens to this day.
Lepe Country Park has over a mile of beautiful coastline which provides the perfect opportunity to take a tranquil stroll and admire the stunning views that can be seen across the Solent and over to the Isle of Wight. Watch the windsurfers skimming the water, the boats sailing out of the Beaulieu River or the ships coming into Southampton Water.
08:45 meet at Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (near Hammersmith Station); 09:00 sharp departure; 11:30-14:30 Exbury Gardens (we recommend to book steam train tickets in advance, from £5); 15:00-16:30 Lepe Country Park Solent banks; 16:30 departure; 19:00 London, Hammersmith.
Travel times may vary depending on traffic & weather conditions.
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Please note: By default, most of our group tours are designed for the Russian speaking community, therefore, the audio cd record is played in the Russian language.
This tour, as well as any other Evebus Tours, can be arranged for private groups. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org with the email subject “Private tours”.
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