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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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  • This is a great place to take the family for a day out. It has a sandy beach, the sea and a place to sit down for food. Also if you know someone with a hut then it's even better as you can use their f...  more »
  • Have been visiting the Bournemouth area for over 40 years and whether its summer or winter we visit Hengisby Head every time. We never tyre of the view from the cliff top or the walk along the beach o...  more »
  • Walk here regularly with my dog. Beautiful in all weathers. It has forest, beach, flat and hilly walks. Something for everyone. The coffee shop is hideously expensive so take a packed lunch! Parking i...  more »