Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre
Following the latest government advice on social distancing and avoiding public gatherings, BCP Council is taking the sensible precaution to protect the public by reducing some non-essential council services.
Our seafront car parks and Hengistbury Head will be closed to minimise the risk of people congregating in large groups. Please stay at home and don't visit our beaches; for the sake of your health and those you love. We urge you to keep safe and avoid crowds. For a full list and latest closure details head to the BCP Council 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 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 2020 - 31 Jan 2021)|
|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
- 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
- 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