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Bournemouth Upper Gardens

Boscombe Cliff Gardens

Just a short stroll from the beach and stretching 1½ miles into the town centre lie Bournemouth’s Grade-II listed Victorian gardens. The Lower Gardens are renowned for their floral bedding displays and are home to a number of attractions: the Art Exhibition at Pine Walk, an aviary, the Bandstand, an ornamental rockery and the Bournemouth Balloon. You’ll find food and drink kiosks here as well as crazy golf to keep the family entertained. The gardens host a variety of great festivals and events throughout the year. See pages 20 and 21 for a list of event highlights. The Central Gardens are home to tennis courts, a children’s playground and the start of the Tree Trail Walk. The Upper Gardens offer a more tranquil setting with nature trails and pretty red bridges dotted over the Bourne Stream.

Bournemouth Lower Gardens

Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve

Just a short stroll from the beach you can discover beautiful gardens such as Boscombe Chine and Boscombe Cliff Gardens in the east with their fantastic mix of colour, flowers, water, trees and wildlife and the beautiful Alum Chine Tropical Gardens created in the 1920s, can be found to the west. Heading towards Christchurch, visit picturesque Hengistbury Head - one of the most important Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in England boasting spectacular coastal views, a nature reserve and riverbank. Start your journey of discovery at the Visitor Centre where you can find out what’s on, as well as things to see and do during your visit. Explore this guide further to discover more parks, gardens and open spaces in the surrounding area. From ancient forests and tropical gardens, to local wildlife and open countryside, there’s ‘naturally’ something for everyone! 9

Bournemouth Destination Guide 2016