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 Good303
- HelenV973a beautiful tranquil gardenWednesday, 16th June 2021Really enjoyed this gem of a garden especially the lovely Japanese garden . It's a great stop on the bus on the way to sandbanks Read full review
- MBM31Winchester, United KingdomThe most enchanting gardens we have ever visitedFriday, 18th June 2021A varied, beautifully maintained, easily negotiated garden. Whther you are on foot or in a wheelchair this is accessible to all. We visited on a rainy day but it didn't dim this garden's... Read full review
- Robert3856Surrey, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelAbsolutely beautifulSunday, 20th June 2021Went to Compton Acres Gardens whilst I was down in Bournemouth. It is easy to get to by public transport as there is a bus stop right outside the gates. As I had not been there for about 50 years... Read full review