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Compton Acres

Lavish themed gardens near Bournemouth beach.

  • 4.6

  • from 840 Google reviews

Compton Acres
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About the garden

Nestled between a golf course and multimillion pound houses, a visit to the beautiful gardens at Compton Acres is an opportunity to glimpse behind the hedges of Canford Cliffs - one of the UK’s most exclusive neighbourhoods. There are five gardens here, laid out over 10 acres of grounds, originally created for a lavish private residence and now open to the public year-round.

With a wide variety of garden styles and over 3000 species of herbaceous plants, bulbs, shrubs and trees on display, alongside a small garden centre, this is the perfect destination for a plant enthusiast. Each zone offers something unique, with an Italian Garden, Heather Garden, Rock and Water Garden and a Japanese Garden which was devised and constructed by a Japanese garden designer using authentic Far Eastern decorations.

Due to COVID restrictions, as of June 2021, the cafe is open for takeaways only, but should soon be fully open.

Opening times

Every Day (except 25, 26 Dec & 1 Jan) 10.00AM - 4.00PM Last Entry 3.00PM

Useful details

Garden area

10 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - You can lock up your bike.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved). Charge of £1.00 for a morning or afternoon session. We have 2 available and call 01202 700778 to reserve.


Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. Charge of £1.00 for a morning or afternoon session. We have 2 available and call 01202 700778 to reserve.

Dorset, BH13 7ES

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Find the garden

Compton Acres
BH13 7ES
Sat Nav Postcode
BH13 7ES
Public Transport
Buses from Bournemouth and Poole, nearest train station Parkstone (2 miles).
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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 840 Google reviews


a month ago


We had a lovely couple of hours at Compton Acres, you feel tucked away in these beautiful gardens despite being in a town. Parking is free and the cafe looks very popular, we had a picnic in the grounds managed to find a bench tucked out of the way but there aren't too many picnic spots. The different garden styles are beautiful, we loved the Japanese garden in particular.

Helen Mortimer

in the last week


Love it. Always a pleasure to visit. Good food. Nice gift shops. Plant great. But my zen place walk round, esp the Japanese area


2 months ago


Beautiful gardens - not large but very well laid out and with lovely views over Poole Harbour at the far end. Various places to sit down to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Particularly lovely is the Japanese Garden and the Italian Villa area. Very nice gift shop and restaurant are both well worth a visit. Ample free parking available.


5 months ago


Got our Christmas Tree from Compton Acres, much beautiful, so fresh. Welcoming staff, beautiful market around. They do deliver the tree to you (3m radius). Absolutely, the best Christmas Trees in BCP area! There is no parking, but you can find a street nearby (few minutes walk).

Trish Martin

7 months ago


Very tasty lunch at Compton Acres. Generous portions and very reasonably priced. Pleasant service and lovely surroundings onside and out. The gardens are beautiful and well worth a visit, particularly the Japanese garden. Tucked away on the edge of Bournemouth, I definitely recommend!

Contact the garden

01202 700 778

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