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:
- Very Good310
- M4641PNpetersTrip Type:CouplesFantastic 100% recommendedTuesday, 14th June 2022Absolutely fantastic experience, the gardens are very well laid out and I managed to push my wife around in a wheelchair without too much difficulty. There were a few steep parts to negotiate but... Read full review
- Heather MLondon, United KingdomAn Enchanting GardenMonday, 27th June 2022I was honestly bowled over by the sheer joy of Compton acres. I have also visited gardens around the world, but this somehow captures the essence of garden styles with grace and attention to detail... Read full review
- w0tchaAmpthill, United KingdomBeautiful relaxing gardensWednesday, 29th June 2022Beautiful gardens well worth a visit. We went on a hot sunny day and there was plenty of seating in the shade or the sunshine to sit and admire the different gardens. Also a number of water features... Read full review