Bournemouth Exbury Gardens, Steam Railway & Monkey World

The bustling resort of Bournemouth is home to seven miles of golden sands and a historic pier. From our base here, we explore neighbouring Poole with its nautical atmosphere and the glorious gardens at Exbury. We also discover the fascinating and heart-warming story of the rescue and rehabilitation of primates at the Monkey World sanctuary.


Travel Options


5 Days from just £

5 Days from just £

Holiday Highlights

  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at our selected hotel (all meals buffet style)
  • Excursions to Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway, Monkey World & Poole

    Optional excursion to the New Forest including Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst & Lymington (£11pp)

    Parking charges may apply
  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights dinner, bed and breakfast at our selected hotel (all meals buffet style)
  • Excursions to Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway, Monkey World & Poole

    Optional excursion to the New Forest including Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst & Lymington (£11pp)

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Date Hotel from Price Single Supplement  
27/05/2019 £309.00 £N/A Please Call
03/06/2019 £329.00 £N/A Please Call
10/06/2019 £329.00 £N/A Book Now
17/06/2019 £299.00 £N/A Please Call
17/06/2019 £329.00 £N/A Book Now
24/06/2019 £329.00 £N/A Book Now
01/07/2019 £329.00 £N/A Book Now
08/07/2019 £329.00 £N/A Book Now
15/07/2019 £329.00 £N/A Book Now
02/09/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
02/09/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
09/09/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
16/09/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
16/09/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
23/09/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
30/09/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
07/10/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
14/10/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
14/10/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
21/10/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
Departure Date Pickup Points Hotel from Price Single Supplement  
27/05/2019 £309.00 £N/A Please Call
03/06/2019 £329.00 £N/A Please Call
10/06/2019 £329.00 £N/A Book Now
17/06/2019 £299.00 £N/A Please Call
17/06/2019 £329.00 £N/A Book Now
24/06/2019 £329.00 £N/A Book Now
01/07/2019 £329.00 £N/A Book Now
08/07/2019 £329.00 £N/A Book Now
15/07/2019 £329.00 £N/A Book Now
02/09/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
02/09/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
09/09/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
16/09/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
16/09/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
23/09/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
30/09/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
07/10/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
14/10/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
14/10/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
21/10/2019 £299.00 £N/A Book Now
Selected Hotel

We’ll stay at one of two hotels in Bournemouth:

The traditional, family-run Hotel Riviera by the Sea is situated on the seafront on the West Cliff in Bournemouth. The Victorian building still retains much of its period charm including its splendid staircase. The hotel features a bar, lounge and restaurant and all the comfortable rooms offer front or side facing sea views.

Set in its own landscaped gardens, the Heathlands Hotel is located in the heart of Bournemouth just a short walk from the sandy beaches. The hotel offers comfortable en-suite rooms, a lounge bar and restaurant.

Upgrade to the Royal Bath Hotel for £30pp on selected dates:

The Royal Bath Hotel is nestled in secluded grounds on Bournemouth’s seafront. Opened on Queen Victoria’s Coronation Day in 1838, it was the first hotel in Bournemouth. Leisure facilities include an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and gym (small charge applies).

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway (full day)

We spend the day at Exbury Gardens. Nestled in the New Forest National Park beside the Beaulieu River, the gardens were the inspiration of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild who created one of the finest woodland gardens in the country. Covering a spectacular 200 acre site, the gardens are home to the world-famous Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. We have time to explore the myriad pathways, woods, parkland and ponds as well as take a relaxing 20 minute trip aboard the 12 ¼ inch gauge Steam Railway through the ‘Summer Lane’ Garden.   

Monkey World & Poole (full day)

We enjoy a fascinating start to the day at Monkey World, an ape rescue centre that provides sanctuary to over 250 rescued and endangered primates from around the world. The 65 acre park is home to the stars of TV’s Monkey Life and Monkey Business who have been rehabilitated into natural living groups. Here we have a chance to watch a wide range of species of monkeys and apes interact.

Afterwards, we head to Poole, a bustling resort with a lively quayside, stunning natural harbour and some of the finest beaches in England. It also boasts two Victorian parks, one of which, Poole Park, is a designated Conservation Area and a historic Old Town which still shows evidence of its medieval past.

Optional Excursion

The New Forest including Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst & Lymington – £11pp (full day)

Join us on an optional excursion to the idyllic New Forest, England’s smallest National Park, famous for its tranquil ambience and free roaming ponies. We visit the Forest’s capital of Lyndhurst, the pretty village of Brockenhurst with its old world charm, and the coastal town of Lymington with its cobbled streets and attractive quayside.

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway (full day)

We spend the day at Exbury Gardens. Nestled in the New Forest National Park beside the Beaulieu River, the gardens were the inspiration of Lionel Nathan de Rothschild who created one of the finest woodland gardens in the country. Covering a spectacular 200 acre site, the gardens are home to the world-famous Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. We have time to explore the myriad pathways, woods, parkland and ponds as well as take a relaxing 20 minute trip aboard the 12 ¼ inch gauge Steam Railway through the ‘Summer Lane’ Garden.   

Monkey World & Poole (full day)

We enjoy a fascinating start to the day at Monkey World, an ape rescue centre that provides sanctuary to over 250 rescued and endangered primates from around the world. The 65 acre park is home to the stars of TV’s Monkey Life and Monkey Business who have been rehabilitated into natural living groups. Here we have a chance to watch a wide range of species of monkeys and apes interact.

Afterwards, we head to Poole, a bustling resort with a lively quayside, stunning natural harbour and some of the finest beaches in England. It also boasts two Victorian parks, one of which, Poole Park, is a designated Conservation Area and a historic Old Town which still shows evidence of its medieval past.

Optional Excursion

The New Forest including Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst & Lymington – £11pp (full day)

Join us on an optional excursion to the idyllic New Forest, England’s smallest National Park, famous for its tranquil ambience and free roaming ponies. We visit the Forest’s capital of Lyndhurst, the pretty village of Brockenhurst with its old world charm, and the coastal town of Lymington with its cobbled streets and attractive quayside.