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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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  • 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!
  • I went with my family to see the gardens of Compton Acres, and it was truly brilliant and fascinating. I enjoyed my time a lot, and so did my family. It's the perfect place for a family day out. I'de definitely vist again one day.
  • Beautiful gardens with great views of the harbour and lovely coffee shops.
  • Beautiful gardens and not to many people there when I visited.
  • We went with our children and the grandparents on a drizzly but warm bank holiday Sunday. The price to get in is very reasonable seeing as we were here for well over 4 hours. The gardens are quite outstanding, beautifully kept and the different ways to get around and see everything kept our young boys occupied leading us around all the walkways. The venue would be a magnificent place to get married or for any party and the food is beyond outstanding. I can understand why the restaurant is booked up well in advance! My only quibble is the play area, this is not a park it's just a teepee really and some decking. It's a shame as a park would fit in wonderfully in the space, don't get my wrong though my kids were not disappointed as they loved the rest of the gardens. All in all, definitely visit this place of peace and tranquility it will make you feel a thousand miles from Bournemouth!

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