M27, Junction 1; 5 minutes
Mid Jan to mid Feb: Thurs-Sun 10am-3pm
Mid Feb to mid Dec: Mon-Sun 10am-4pm
Tea rooms closed mid Dec to mid Jan
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
Stumbling across Furzey Gardens you really do feel like Mary in The Secret Garden. There's awe, there's delight...and there's a conflicting desire to both tell everyone at once and to keep this wonderful discovery all to yourself.
There's a play area and a serene lake, with myriad fairy doors scattered across the tranquil woodland. The thatched tea room's terrace is the perfect place to relax after such explorations. Enjoy a homemade cake or snack or enquire about a picnic hamper - packed with New Forest Marque goodies - to unfold out in the woodland wilds.
First planted by the pioneering Dalrymple family, discover the histories of the garden's rare breed plant hunters and don't miss the recreated RHS Chelsea show garden (there are plants for sale if you'd like to take a little bit of 'the Forest' home). The gardens are ticketed but the café is free to enjoy. For events and celebration bookings, contact the Minstead Trust directly.
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