Some of the finest gardens in Europe can be found at Compton Acres in Poole.
Compton Acres can be located off B3065 into Canford Cliffs Road. There are many gardens of distinct and very separate styles. The most famous garden is the Japanese Garden, which is reputed to be the only completely genuine Japanese Garden in Europe.
There is also an Italian Garden, the Palm Court, Wooded Valley, Rock and Water Gardens, Heather Garden, Garden of Memory and herbaceous borders.
During 2003, some of the Gardens were redeveloped, including the Italian Garden, which has been stripped out, prior to being replanted and re-opened in April 2003. There are also new buildings providing the first stage in improved visitor facilities on the site. This incorporates a new retail area, Plant Centre, craft shop, model railway restaurant and delicatessen. Visitors to Compton Acres can also enjoy free parking.
Within the gardens there are Tea Rooms, a Terrace Brasserie, overlooking Poole Harbour and a new Ice Cream Parlour where you can relax following your walk around the Gardens.
Introduced in 2004 - Audiowise Tours - 'The Compton Acres Experience' - A fascinating & relaxing Audio Tour around the gardens with commentary covering the gardens and the history of Compton Acres since 1921.
FREE car & coach parking available.
No dogs allowed, except Guide Dogs.
The gardens are now more accessible for wheelchairs / pushchairs.