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
- stormbringer55St. Albans, United KingdomNice place to eatSaturday, 18th December 2021Took Mum for Lunch Very nice and a nice place to look around and relax Had an outdoor table Staff where very good Read full review
- 669andysDorchester, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyGreat Gardens, Terrible RestaurantFriday, 31st December 2021The gardens are great - we took our two year old and he loved exploring, and there was plenty for us too. Well laid out and good variety between the various different ‘zones’. The restaurant... Read full review
- Calum ABournemouth, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesBeware of CostsFriday, 7th January 2022Cafe and restaurant for the elite of Sandbanks. Reasonable food and snacks. Very elite Fish & Chips at £16 for a very average portion. Not a stop for families or normal people. Read full review