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Furzey Gardens

School Lane | Lyndhurst, Minstead, New Forest SO43 7GL, England
+44 23 8081 2464
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Visited as we were in area. Absolutely brilliant way to spend a few hours, could have easily spent... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jason H
Delightful garden even without bringing a child

We visited at the weekend (entrance is free to RHS members during the week and not in school hols... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Southampton, United Kingdom
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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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  • Average6%
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School Lane | Lyndhurst, Minstead, New Forest SO43 7GL, England
+44 23 8081 2464
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited as we were in area. Absolutely brilliant way to spend a few hours, could have easily spent longer there. Lovely gardens, nurtured with care and attention by folks with learning disabilities. This project shows what can be achieved when profits aren't the only aim....More

1  Thank Jason H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited at the weekend (entrance is free to RHS members during the week and not in school hols but since the entrance fee supports the work this charity does with people with learning disabilities, we didn't mind paying the £8/head fee). The gardens are...More

Thank clickawick
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a grand time hunting fairy doors with four little children. Our 5 year old is convinced she saw a real fairy flying about with a wand! It is a lovely little place to wear out children in nature.

Thank MannaBains
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Peaceful and interesting gardens, lovely for kids with all the fairy doors, but not tacky, nicely done. Well worth search out this garden that's very natural in place and less formal than most.

Thank MrCB56
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a magical day out for my 6 year old and 3 year old daughters. A lovely walk around the gardens looking for all the fairy doors on a sunny day was perfect. As much as I was disappointed to hear that the donation...More

Thank AliM81
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live near the gardens and know them quite well. Over the years the gardens have improved, I especially like the lower meadow area where the special beetles live. It's a garden to visit any time of year, you'll always find something to enjoy. Children...More

Thank richardloader
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited today with my 5 and 3 year old and after reading the previous review I was apprehensive. However, the kids had a fantastic time. They loved running free and found lots of doors everywhere they looked. They enjoyed playing in the wooden boat,...More

Thank loojaooja
Reviewed 17 August 2017

I visited the gardens today, with my two grandchildren 6 & 3. We were given the map to find the fairy doors. The map was absolute rubbish, after walking for nearly 1 hr we had managed to find 6 doors. We stopped for lunch as...More

1  Thank Bobbie A
FGCT, Public Relations Manager at Furzey Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are very sorry that you felt that your visit to Furzey Gardens was not as you expected. The Fairy Door map is only intended to be a starting point for visitors as the Fairies at Furzey often move house and we feel it is...More

Reviewed 13 August 2017

This garden is a great place to visit for all the family, with a a magical influence. Kids will love it, as there are many fairy houses and driftwood structures for them to explore. There are paths cutting through borders filled with woodland plants, with...More

Thank jon b
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Great afternoon searching for fairy doors a d fairies. Lovely gardens and lots to do for your young children.

Thank Teresa P
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17 August 2017|
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Response from 307middleton70 | Reviewed this property |
You have to pay regardless of age but it is for a very good cause
Andrew S
8 June 2017|
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Response from TC10002013 | Reviewed this property |
No. I don't think so
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27 May 2016|
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Response from Janet C |
Thanks very much! ☺