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Furzey Gardens

School Lane | Lyndhurst, Minstead, New Forest SO43 7GL, England
+44 23 8081 2464
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A tranquil and beautiful space

We have already been here twice this year and plan to be back many more times. The gardens change... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Nigel H
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
Nice walk with my 3 year old

I brought my 3 year old daughter here to search for the fairy doors carved into the trees. The... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Ian G
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Located in Minstead, Hampshire, in the heart of New Forest yet just off the end of the M27, this informal 10 acre woodland garden contains an extensive collection of rare and beautiful plants from around the world. In the spring, banks of Azaleas and Rhododendrons dazzle with colour, secret paths lead through drifts of primulas and bulbs to quiet glades, while viewing areas provide outlooks over the New Forest. Flowering shrubs and trees continue the interest through the summer with a blaze of autumn colour at the end of the year.In the water garden flowering and foliage plants thrive both in and out of the lake, enhanced by a collection of conifers.Our award winning Chelsea Garden has been wonderfully recreated overlooking the lake after winning GOLD at RHS Chelsea in 2012.The waterfall leads into our reinstated water meadow.The gardens are wonderful for children. The shady play area has play houses, swing and even a "dry docked" play boat. There are plenty of places to picnic and play hide and seek. The gardens also hold a secret, there are over 30 tiny fairy doors hidden throughout the garden. Our wildflower meadow and cottage garden are great for spotting wildlife and you can take a step back in time when you enter our historic Furzey cottage. Delicious locally made cakes and sandwiches are available in the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop, which has plenty of seating inside, comfortable sofas upstairs and a pretty outside terrace overlooking the gardens. Browse the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop which showcases and sells a variety of local art, crafts and gifts including work undertaken by the students from the Minstead Training Trust. Those visitors who like to go home with a souvenir of the leafy variety will enjoy looking around our plant sales area where plants are very competitively priced. The Gardens are open all year round, and the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop is open from the beginning of March to the end of October 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm (last orders at 4.15pm). The Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop is free to enter and browse and enjoy a coffee, cake or light refreshment. Entry to the Gardens is by a set minimum donation, please pay in the Gallery Gift and Coffee Shop. When the Gallery Gift and Coffee shop is closed please place donations in the box provided. The entry donation goes towards the upkeep of the gardens and to the work of the Charity in providing opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.
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3 days ago
“Nice walk with my 3 year old”
1 week ago
“Very English”
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School Lane | Lyndhurst, Minstead, New Forest SO43 7GL, England
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+44 23 8081 2464
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Reviewed yesterday

We have already been here twice this year and plan to be back many more times. The gardens change as different plants and shrubs flower through the seasons. Great place to take children to find the fairy doors and plat on the wooden playground. We...More

Thank Nigel H
Reviewed 3 days ago

I brought my 3 year old daughter here to search for the fairy doors carved into the trees. The gardens are very well kept, lots of different varieties of plants and trees and my daughter loved strolling around. I think we were only the ones...More

Thank Ian G
Reviewed 1 week ago

So enjoyed this typically English Sunday afternoon, with cream tea and a local band playing in a really pretty garden. Not really free to enter though, donation more than suggested. But worth it. Children would also enjoy the fairy hunt and quirky buildings.

Thank Jacky W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Go on take the grandchildren & children, buy tea & cakes or take your picnic. We live in Minstead & have our annual ticket. This is for young people with difficulties pay the donation, feel good, it is not a large garden but the work...More

Thank 307middleton70
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Although we live quite locally, this is our first visit to Furzey Gardens. We came with our young granddaughter to find the fairy doors! We brought our own picnic and there are lots of quiet areas to enjoy eating it or to just sit awhile...More

Thank Lynn M
FGCT, Public Relations Manager at Furzey Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. We are all very pleased that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back to the gardens another time.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely garden maintained by adults with learning disabilities and what a wonderful job they do there are a collection of azaleas and candlabra preninals

Thank Brenda R
FGCT, Public Relations Manager at Furzey Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. Our students enjoy the work that they do in the gardens whilst learning allsorts of skills. We are glad your enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you back to the gardens again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice gardens but beware this is not Exactly Wisley Gardens! If it were I would not have minded paying the £8 entrance fee we were charged. However that price is what they say is the recommended donation rather than entry price. This was not made...More

Thank Andrew W
FGCT, Public Relations Manager at Furzey Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are sorry that your visit to Furzey Gardens didn't meet your expectations and that you do not feel that it is clear that entrance to Furzey Gardens is by donation. We do have a suggested donation that is invaluable to help us cover the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful gardens and despite being busy you could still find places to take in the atmosphere. Good selection of trees and plants and my daughter loved the fairy theme and finding the fairy houses. All of the staff were welcoming and polite and we thoroughly...More

Thank Kieron M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I wanted to take my father who is in a wheelchair, my mother and two younger children out to spend some time together. As my father hasn't been a wheelchair user for long, I phoned to make sure Furzey Gardens is suitable. I was reassured...More

Thank Lou W
FGCT, Public Relations Manager at Furzey Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are sorry that your visit to Furzey Gardens didn't meet your expectations, especially having phoned in advance to check suitability. We do generally find that wheelchair users are able to use the easier path route around Furzey Gardens without too much trouble, but many...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We made a visit to the gardens and found them very peaceful. I see another reviewer said it is expensive - £8 each seems reasonable to me. There is an interesting old cottage as well as a fine collection of primulas, a lake and many...More

Thank Bob H
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Andrew S
Are dogs allowed on a lead?
7 June 2017|
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Response from Bethany L | Reviewed this property |
No I don't think so
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Janet C
what is the price
26 May 2016|
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Response from Janet C |
Thanks very much! ☺
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Lion2017
Are the gardens suitable for wheelchair access?
22 November 2015|
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Response from janirowe | Reviewed this property |
I'm afraid I'd have to say no
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