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Compton Acres, Poole

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Visit Compton Acres, a stretch of picturesque gardens looking out over Poole Harbour. Thomas William Simpson had a vision of a garden composed of separate garden rooms, each illustrating a particular garden style from around the world. Simpson planned the paths and terraces so that only one garden area could be experienced at a time. Experience the care and precision in each room's planning. Rare plants, trees, and garden statuary were gathered from across the globe to make the experience as authentic as possible. A Japanese garden designer and workmen were even brought to create the Japanese Garden area, complete with Japanese stones and earth. Today you can enjoy ten distinct areas in the garden, including a Roman Garden with a miniature pool and grotto, an Italian Garden, Canadian Woodland Walk, Indian Tropical Valley, Egyptian Court, Spanish Water Garden, Scottish Heather Dell, Garden of Memory, and the Japanese Garden. Find out how to plan Poole trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • We visited these gardens on a fine day but it was in March and we weren't sure what we would find so early in the year. We enjoyed the lay out of the Roman gardens and threw money in the wishing well....  more »
  • Attended a wedding here recently, the venue was lovely even though we were initially taken aback by the whole complex. The gardens were very pretty although due to the weather we didn’t stay in them l...  more »
  • This hidden valley in an otherwise built up area was a treat even on a coldish March morning. The Japanese Garden is worth a visit in its own right and the cafe, though busy, was efficiently run and p...  more »
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  • Fantastic themed gardens with extraordinary variety in a relatively compact area. A lovely mix of planting and ornamentation. Reasonably well equipped garden centre and upmarket café. Free parking.
  • Other reviewers say how nice the staff are but I must have got them on a bad day. The woman that seemed to be running the restaurant was rude and miserable and the other staff weren’t much better. Took a few attempts to get a hot coffee rather than warm.
  • Very helpful, friendly service! Lovely lady helped me repot my plant that was feeling very sorry for itself! I’ll certainly be back to try the cafe, and invest in some more plants!
  • Nice park with beautiful views and surrounding. Has a well stocked shop.
  • This was our first time at Compton Acres and it was a very enjoyable experience. Fantastic gardens! Had lunch in the coffee shop where the staff were extremely friendly and helpful and we were even allowed to bring our Golden Retriever inside. Certainly coming back. Good value for money!
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