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Lower Gardens, Bournemouth

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web
Sought out for its cultivated beauty since the Victorian era, Lower Gardens gave birth to a whole town. The gardens are split into three areas: The Lower Gardens play host to concerts and events, the Central Gardens are in the center of town, and the Upper Gardens retain much of their Victorian character. Visit the Alum Chine for award-winning tropical gardens near the sea, and the Pinewalk for the soothing smell of pine trees. You'll also find a rock garden, innumerable flower varieties, and leisurely sporting. For golf, visit Meyrick Park, where you'll also find outdoor bowling. To visit Lower Gardens on your trip to Bournemouth, use our Bournemouth family vacation planner.
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  • Really lovely park. Lots going on and so pleasant. Other areas could do well to vist and take note. Every town should have somewhere like this to relax 
  • The gardens of Bournemouth must be an highlight. This is what civic amenities should be like. They should be a source if pride for the town, I should think they would be an even more beautiful sight i...  read more »
  • I have had many lovely walks along the gardens and down to coy pond. There's always something going on around the area and in the centre especially this week with all the arty stuff going on at arts b...  read more »
  • Lovely gardens in the heart of Bournemouth going from the sea front and Pier right back past the shops. A lovely walk, really clean and beautiful and peaceful. There are stands to buy food, crazy golf and the balloon to go up in priced at about £12 per person at last looking. Well worth a stroll along on a sunny day.
  • The Lower Gardens are a great retreat from the bustle of the surrounding town. Its best feature is probably the River Bourne which runs along its length, and the areas of grass adjacent to it where you can sit and listen to the water. The Lower Gardens are also home to a giant balloon in which you can ascend and observe Bournemouth from the air. There's also at least one cafe, or possibly kiosk, where you can grab an ice-cream or something. I wouldn't say it's a 5-star because while you're retreating from the town, you definitely still feel its presence: you can still see it. So I guess it would be nicer if it were bigger, or had more trees. But still well worth visiting.
  • Beautiful in spring! Various events held here throughout the year. The squirrels here are so friendly so make sure to bring some peanuts! (Available in the Tescos nearby).
  • Lovely gardens. Good for a walk in the shaded tree covered paths.
  • Bournemouth have some beautiful gardens and the Lower Gardens are just one of them that link to the Central, Upper and Coy Pond Gardens. In Autumn they have so much colour on the trees and floor they look absolutely beautiful. They are connected via a cycle lane and footpaths that are popular with walkers, runners and those walking their dogs. The River Bourne adds to the relaxing atmosphere and there is plenty of seating available if you want to sit down and watch the world go by take advantage of the open space and have a picnic. Come the Summer they are very busy as they give you access to Pier Approach but they also host some fantastic events throughout the year.
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