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Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth

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Jutting into the English Channel stands Hengistbury Head, host to rare plant species and wildlife, some of Britain's most expensive beach huts, and a plethora of ancient monuments. Pay a visit to the visitor center to learn more about the area’s ecology, archaeology, and history, with monuments dating from the Late Upper Paleolithic period to the Roman settlement of Britain. Take in the scenery by walking on well-defined gravel paths or strolling across its sandy beaches. If you’re feeling adventurous, visit the Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre for activities such as sailing, power boating, and windsurfing--although these should be booked in advance. For weary legs, the Noddy Train makes regular journeys from the cafe located at the bottom of the Head to the end of the spit, taking around ten minutes. Parking is available but can fill up early, particularly in summer months. There are a number of extra parking options available in the nearby towns. Put Hengistbury Head into our Bournemouth itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 20, 2017
    It's a nice beach, be prepared for a (lovely) long walk or a ride on the land train which was quite busy.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    We had a ferry boat over £1.50 single from Mudeford, to this place of paradise, so beautiful you could be anywhere in the world and we are lucky to have it in the U.K., I fell in love with the place, ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Wonderful natural gem of a landscape. If you love the outdoors and beautiful scenery, birds and views of the river and sea, you will like it. Brilliant for dog walkers, families, anyone who wants to w...  more »

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For a relaxing experience near Bournemouth's major attractions, book your rooms at a "country house" hotel in the very heart of this picturesque coastal town. Located inside heritage-rich buildings, these hotels are renowned for their luxurious rooms, excellent customer service, and outstanding contemporary cuisine. As a more affordable but no less comfortable option, consider staying at one of many boutique hotels, which feature modern bistros with indoor and outdoor seating, and menus that source fresh ingredients from local suppliers.
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