Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre
A day at Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve is truly a great day out, even outside of the summer. It is still full of wildlife, rare plants, and of course, the thousands of years of important archaeological history. There is plenty to discover and explore using the Hengistbury land train or take the paths and trails, by foot or by bike. Wrap up and prepare for a bracing walk!
We recommend the Visitor Centre as a first port of call: it’s free entry and you can pick up some maps and tips on what to look out for on your walk.
The interactive exhibition explains all about the archaeology, ecology and geology celebrating 14,000 years of Bournemouth’s prehistory from the Stone Age through to the present day. Handle objects used by the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age people who lived, hunted and worked here.
When you take in the stunning panoramic views of Christchurch Harbour and Poole Bay, you will know what is lurking beneath those fresh and salt waters. Our wildlife cameras are very popular – capturing the very latest close-ups of the birds and mammals that frequent the boxes and nests of this SSSI site (site of Special Scientific Interest). What drama will unfold on the cameras before your eyes today?
If you prefer, stop in to the Visitor Centre on your way back: sit in the tranquil, sheltered wildlife garden with a hot drink and a snack, and perhaps buy a gift or two in the shop.
You’ll find these at the Visitor Centre:
- A gift shop selling souvenirs and local produce
- A full events and temporary exhibition programme (see website for details)
- A dedicated space for learning and community use
- Creative outdoor learning areas plus a wildlife garden with pond
- Easy access for all abilities and ages to information and activities
- Refreshments and ice cream
|Open All Year (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00*|
* (Open until 5pm in the summer)
Closed Christmas Day
Closed Lunch Time Christmas Eve
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2019
- Very Good54
- GordonCotswoldsCotswoldsInteresting History of the HeadSunday, 22nd September 2019We had a beautiful walk around the Head and ended in the Visitor Centre which showed an interesting pictorial history of the Head. hiso Read full review
- 204malcolmdAbingdon, United KingdomGood Informitive CentreThursday, 26th September 2019Nicely laid out with helpful staff the centre provides some really good information. The outside garden is very attractive and a visit enhances your knowledge of the area Read full review
- WalesBillWalesTrip Type:CouplesA must do if your in the arraFriday, 27th September 2019Great walks to Mudeford, Christchurch Priory or Bournemouth Pier and even Poole/Sandbanks if you feel energetic. The car park at Hengistbury Head and the fantastic cafe there provide an ideal start... Read full review