Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre
Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre has partially re-opened from 10.30 until 16.00:
Gift shop and toilets – open
Exhibition – closed
Wildlife garden – open
There are safety measures in place – with plenty of guidance on-site to keep everyone safe to come in and buy some local treats or have a cuppa/ice cream in our wildlife garden.
For the most up to date information, please visit the website.
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 use the paths and trails, by foot or by bike. Wrap up and prepare for a bracing walk!
We recommend the Visitor Centre which has the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award 2020 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
* Restrictions apply due to Coronavirus. Please check opening times directly.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2020
- Very Good55
- Craig_TapperSydney, AustraliaOne of the best coastal and nature walks I have ever doneThursday, 9th January 2020It's an easy walk on well formed paths, many of which are paved and all of which are accessible for just about any fitness level (although at least one place involved stairs so wheelchairs may have... Read full review
- diannebD1533HAAndover, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesHengistbury headSaturday, 18th January 2020Relaxing, plenty of reasonably priced parking. Dog friendly, including beach.suitable for ages, but some areas could be difficult for those with mobility issues Read full review
- HavechairwilltravelSomerset, United KingdomGreat afternoon out and aboutSunday, 9th August 2020We spent a good few hours here - a lovely place particularly in the sunshine. On the day we went the shop was open but not the visitor centre which was a pity. We had a look round the garden then... Read full review
- TripAdvisor Awards TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2020