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Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth
(4.8/5 based on 1,400+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A great place to go for a walk. Probably any reasonably fit person can ascend and there you are met by fantastic views across to the Isle of Wight, and to Studland and then, inland to Mudeford. Coffee...  more »
  • Love hengistbury head! It is a natural reserve but with a difference. As you have the beautiful beaches of Bournemouth and Christchurch harbour that wraps around the reserve. Lovely places to eat to g...  more »
  • Nice walk to the top views great tearoom and shop and museum park for one pound for two hours in car park in autumn winter time