Compton Acres
Compton Acres
The 10 acres of gardens at Compton Acres sit in splendour looking out over Poole Harbour. They are the brainchild of Thomas William Simpson, who began to build Compton Acres just after WWI. Simpson had a vision of creating at Poole a garden composed of separate garden rooms, or areas, 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.

At enormous expense (some £220,000) he gathered rare plants, trees, and garden statuary from across the globe. Simpson was a stickler for authenticity. As an example, he went to the trouble and expense of bringing to England a Japanese garden designer and workmen to create the Japanese Garden area, complete with Japanese stones and earth.

Today the garden is composed of 10 distinct areas, 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.

About Compton Acres
Address: 164 Canford Cliffs Road, Poole, Dorset, England, BH13 7ES
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: between Bournemouth and Poole, on the B3065
Website: Compton Acres
Phone: 01202 700 778
Location map
OS: SZ054 895
Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Compton Acres


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Tel: 01202 451 734
Fax: 01202 454 799