Lower Gardens

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth: Hours, Address, Lower Gardens Reviews: 4.5/5

Lower Gardens
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Upper, Central and Lower Gardens have all been Green Flag winners since 1999 and run from Bournemouth pier to the boundary with Poole. The gardens are 3 kilometres long. They are all part of the Bourne Valley Greenway and are Listed Grade II in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens. There are lots of activities and events taking place, or you can simply enjoy the scenery. Find out more about the history of the gardens here. The Lower Gardens This section of the gardens is quite short, it runs from the pier to the town centre, but there is always lots going on. Year-round attractions include Classic mini golf, a bandstand, refreshment kiosks and Street food corner site, an aviary, and art exhibition. Seasonal events in this section of the gardens attract thousands of visitors. In 2018 the gardens became the main setting for the Christmas Tree Wonderland.
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Scooter
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Visited Bournemouth's lower Gardens and new Aviary which is fantastic compared to the old one who's single mesh was repeatedly damaged.
The new Aviary has double mesh for security for this stand alone structure, an enclosed dome roof for preventing Bird Flu etc, state of the art heating and lighting.
It's new name is The Cooper-Thompson Rescue Aviary.
If you are visiting this Aviary please be aware it wasn't built as an attraction but as a safe please for unwanted Birds, you may stop for two minutes they are there 24/7 .
The Cafe next door is excellent.
Written June 9, 2022
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Sarah M
Bristol, UK263 contributions
The aviary isn't the best. With the extra layer of mesh, you really can't see the birds well at all. And to be honest, i don't like to see them locked away either!!
However, the gardens themselves are beautiful. As you walk further away from the seafront, the gardens become quieter and even more pretty in my opinion. Near the tennis courts, as you go under the road, there is some interesting street art to look at too. Loved our visit here and would recommend to others,
Written June 29, 2022
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Zoo7Zoo
Bottisham, UK295 contributions
Beautifully kept Gardens in the centre of Bournemouth which were lovely to walk through with a band stand and mini golf spent an hour listening to the band who were fantastic. you walk through the gardens to get to the sea front however it has a issue with Rats which are plentiful and run around the edges of the grass areas were humans are sitting dropping food. nice market can be found weekly in the higher areas of the gardens. Worth a visit.
Written September 5, 2021
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Darrell S
Ringwood, UK42 contributions
Friends
As Founding Chairman of The Friends of The Aviary Constitution back in 2015 I am proud to have supported the building of the New Aviary at Bournemouth Lower Gardens where approximately £350,000 was raised. My aspiration as published was to create an Attraction for Locals and Visitors to the Lower Gardens and do give the Birds more flight area. Sadly because I left the Aviary as Lead Volunteer my aspirations were not realised where Family and Friends agree. Hopefully the Aviary will be modified in good time so the darling birds can spread their Wings and rejoice.
Written August 1, 2022
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Firecrackers4749
Locks Heath, UK8 contributions
These gardens link the town centre to the beach, and are lovely. We didn't spend a lot of time in there as it was very hot, but found somewhere with tables in the shade for a cold drink. (Hedgehog kiosk) near to where a young woman was busking, playing jazz on her saxophone...very enjoyable. I'd like to mention that the disabled toilet, near the kiosk, is a fully accessible one, with an adult size changing bench. Excellent!
Written June 17, 2021
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Little Jenny
London, UK487 contributions
Great place to spend a couple of hours. These gardens are well kept and run from the beach into the town centre. There is an excellent crazy golf and a lovely aviary and an art market on three days a week. There is often live music in the bandstand and a stream runs through the gardens.
Written July 1, 2021
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Zoe B
Worthing, UK1,381 contributions
The gardens link the beach to the town but are truly worth a visit in their own right. Beautifully planted and well-maintained, many a person sunbathes here instead of the beach. Often there are buskers singing or playing to add to the atmosphere.
Written September 5, 2020
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Michael W
Preston, UK3,461 contributions
The Lower Gardens are a Short Walk From The Beachfront. The Lower Gardens begin a short walk away from the flyover. There is a wide walkway which currently has Keep Left markings. There are well groomed lawns and beautiful well maintained flower beds and trees on either side of the walkway as you progress in the direction of the city. There are many squirrels scampering around the lawns and trees. There is a good sized Mini Golf Course which is the best maintained course i have ever seen. The Garden Deli which has a seating area and sells food & drinks is located across from the Mini Golf Course. The gardens are a really great place for a stroll and / or to chill out in any weather. There are also some side paths that you can use to leave the gardens and make your way up to the town centre for shopping or other activities.
Written September 7, 2020
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hugoss2011
Bournemouth, UK70 contributions
Couples
As a family we went to look at the Christmas lights in the park. It was busy as always. At times you felt a little cramped on the paths. The only thing is the council needs to sort the beggers in the parks asking for money all the time some of them are not homeless. With mobiles and clean clothes nice clean hair that's not homeless persons. It's a way to get money out of genuine public and pull at the heart strings. Needs to be sorted it's out of control in Bournemouth Gardens and town centre.
Written January 7, 2020
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Nidgehammer
Stevenage, UK4,786 contributions
Family
Admittedly it was a beautiful sunny day but nevertheless the gardens are superbly kept and very pleasant to walk through. It’s clear that a lot of time and money has and is being spent to keep these gardens looking great, there are winding paths, a river and colourful plants and flowers everywhere you look.

It’s some years since I walked through here and it’s now much more mature and enjoyable (or maybe I’m just older and more appreciative.?). There’s a lovely little kiosk offering great sandwiches, drinks and ice creams as well.
Written June 29, 2021
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