Compton Acres is one of the finest privately owned gardens in the South of England. Having undergone extensive refurbishment in the past 10 years Compton Acres is now highly regarded as one of the most important historic gardens in the UK.
Comprising a series of classical themed gardens, each providing an attractive and unique variety of ornamental plants from around the world, cared for by a team of professional gardeners.
The gardens are laid out on a circular route, like clusters of jewels on a sparkling necklace, allowing the visitor to discover each garden in turn. Highlights include the Grand Italian Garden, a Rock and Water Garden, a Heather Garden and an authentic Japanese Garden which was designed and built by a Japanese architect with many ornaments imported from Japan. There is surprise, beauty and interest at every turn at Compton Acres.
The five contrasting garden designs were conceived to provide pleasure and enjoyment to its original owner and the gardens still retain the atmosphere of a distinctive private property.
Thanks to the mild climate of Dorset’s south facing coast and the skill of its gardeners, Compton Acres contains a magnificent collection of more than 3000 species of trees, shrubs, bulbs and herbaceous plants enriched by seasonal plantings of thousands of bedding plants. Each year sees an increase in the range of plants chosen to provide colour, beauty and horticultural interest all the year round.
There are two cafes, (the Harbour View cafe is seasonal) serving great coffee, teas, snacks and real homemade food, shops and plant centre.
Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.
There is a large free car park.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|4 and Under||Free|
|Adult||£8.95 per ticket|
|Annual Pass Family||£85.00 per ticket|
|Annual Pass Family Single Adult||£65.00 per ticket|
|Annual Pass Single||£35.00 per ticket|
|Carer||£3.50 per ticket|
|Children||£4.45 per ticket|
|Concession||£7.95 per ticket|
|Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 Children)||£19.95 per ticket|
*Occasionally special offers available - see website.
* **Revised COVID-19 Opening times - visit the website for further information
Opening times are subject to change, please see website for more details.
Details subject to variation without prior notice.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2021
- Very Good307
- Maralyn NSanta Barbara, CaliforniaGardens are very well done.Wednesday, 29th September 2021We read the reviews about this place but decided to go anyway. The restaurant didn’t leave a lot to shout about. Food good, service not so good. I had to carry a very heavy tray with tea pots... Read full review
- ruthadavisBournemouth, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesLovely, apart from a slightly spoilt “authentic” Japanese gardenSaturday, 16th October 2021Lovely walk around the gardens. Surprisingly hidden - have driven past many times and never realised the gardens were there. The only reason for 4 rather than 5 stars is the rather irritating... Read full review
- Becky-0052Wisbech, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesMorning out to visit the gardensThursday, 21st October 2021It was £17.90 for two adults and that was really all it was worth. Top price for what was there. The gardens do need a lot of TLC but not sure if this was due to lock down and catch up! Restaurant... Read full review