Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway
Exbury Gardens is a spectacular 200-acre site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. This earthly paradise offers a riot of colour in spring, an oasis of tranquillity in summer followed by a splendid show as the leaves change in the autumn. Capture Exbury’s hidden beauty and escape the cares of the world as you explore a myriad of pathways at your own pace. Exbury Gardens celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019. To celebrate, Exbury unveiled a new Centenary Garden, spring pathway of 100,000 bulbs and history exhibition, plus an expanded events calendar.
You will also enjoy a ride on Exbury's mini (12.25 inch gauge) steam railway and discover wildlife in its natural habitat. Top your visit off with an ice-cream or tea and cake in the newly refurbished Mr Eddy’s Restaurant and Café!
With beautiful golden sands, safe shallow waters, an action packed events programme and pretty harbourside you certainly won’t be disappointed! Weymouth Beach was also rated as #1 beach in the UK in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2017 and is also ranked 9th best beach in Europe! You will never be short of things to do in Weymouth, with an abundance of natural and themed attractions for everyone to enjoy! Make sure you stroll round to Weymouth’s beautiful harbour during your visit. This is a great place to while away the hours and watch all the comings and goings... luxury yachts, fishing trawlers and sometimes even tall ships, you’ll be able to watch it all!
The Blue Pool & Cream Tea
The Blue Pool at Furzebrook constantly varies in colour. Very fine clay in suspension in the water diffracts light in different ways, producing a spectrum of colour sometimes green sometimes turquoise.
Set in a deep clay bowl, steps lead down to the waters edge or up to views of the Purbeck Hills. The Pool is surrounded by 25 acres of heath, woodland and gorse interlaced with sandy paths that seem to take you to another world.
You will then enjoy a traditional Devon Cream Tea at the Blue Pool Tea Rooms. The Tea Rooms were built in 1935 of sand and lime bricks from the local Beacon Hill brickworks with a Canadian cedarwood shingle roof, allowing the building to blend in with its surroundings. Many of the fixtures and fittings are original including the pine floors. Great views and a lovely atmosphere will make this a visit to remember...