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Compton Acres

Compton Acres Japanese Garden


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.


Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
4 and UnderFree
Adult£8.45 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£4.25 per ticket
Concession£7.45 per ticket
Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 Children)£19.50 per ticket

*Occasionally special offers available - see website.

Opening Times

Opening Times Summer (20 Apr 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00
Opening Times Winter (1 Jan 2020 - 19 Apr 2020)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00*

* Last Entry is an hour before close.
Opening times are subject to change, please see website for more details.
Details subject to variation without prior notice.

*excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
Canford Cliffs Road
BH13 7ES
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Recent Reviews:

  • Arthur D
    Newbury, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Beautiful Gardens
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 3rd March 2019
    Very interesting gardens with good access paths mostly sutable for wheel chairs with alternatives where not suitable. A pity the rockery plants are being replaced with ordinary bedding and very... Read full review
  • RebeccaBlueSky
    Hythe, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Beautiful even in February
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 4th March 2019
    The gardens are lovely even in the winter. It is lovely to see the plants that give us colour in the winter. Will definently go back later in the year to see the changes. Very friendly staff in the... Read full review
  • Heather G
    Trip Type:
    An oasis
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 9th March 2019
    Beautiful gardens, lovely coffee, home made cakes, and fresh food...the perfect place to meet up, take a break, relax... Read full review

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