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With skeletons, scarecrows and other ghoulish characters on route, dare you ride the Exbury Ghost Train?
Enter the pitch-black tunnel at your peril. Family fun. Full of interesting stories, terrible jokes, puns and visual gags, it’s all aboard for a Halloween Phantomime! Come in fancy dress and receive a free Goody Bag.
In the Gardens there is plenty to see, as Exbury’s renowned autumn colour will be at its peak. Children can discover lots of spooky trees in the Gardens on a special trail, including the Domesday Yew, the Chinese Coffin Tree, Ghost Tree and Devil’s Walking Stick.
Families can enjoy a tempting range of spooky fare in Mr Eddy’s Restaurant – anyone for Witches Toad-in the Hole or Pumpkin Pie?!
Exbury Season Ticket holders for the railway are entitled to one free Ghost Train ride per person, but are requested to book their tickets in advance.
The Ghost Train is tremendous fun – a PHANTOMime for Halloween! Pre-booking is highly recommended for all dates, especially for the weekend before Halloween itself (Sat 29 & Sun 30 October).
Your hosts Napoleon Bone-aparte, the famous French Skeleton, and his sidekick . . . Batty the Vampire.
Look out for Ghostly characters on your 30 min journey around the Gardens . . . including the Exbury “Scare-crows” . . .
About Exbury Garden Railway
The railway follows a one and a quarter mile circular route on a 12 ¼” gauge and is a wonderful and evocative way to see the gardens. The sights and sounds of the liveried blue engines are a draw for visitors of all ages. After leaving Exbury Central Station, the train enters the Summer Lane Garden with a bridge, tunnel, causeway and series of individual themed gardens based on character and texture. The collection of plants reflect the seasons and can only be seen from the train. Children will enjoy spotting a number of woodland moss animals, including deer, rabbits, a squirrel, fox and frog, together with contemporary metal sculptures. Passing out of the Summer Lane Garden, the train travels on through a wooded area, revealing glimpses of the Rock Garden. A steep gradient leads to a curving timber viaduct, with fine views over the Wildlife Ponds.
The train then passes a Plant Nursery and a Pumpkin / Exotic Fruit Patch and on to a second lake, home to “Hump-phrey, The Lake Moss Monster.” Close by is a Sunflower Field, at its peak in summer, before the train loops around the oldest tree in the Gardens, the Domesday Yew.
Exbury North Halt in the American Garden, so called because it contains rhododendron hybrids from the USA, enables visitors to hop off the train and explore this area before returning to Exbury Central on foot or by train.
The railway track has a journey time of approximately twenty minutes. Rover tickets are available most days except during May and during the running of certain special events. The trains run according to colour timetables, indicated on our Garden Map and Railway Timetable (see link) which is given to visitors on arrival.
Please see our details on webpage www.exbury.co.uk