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“First visit in 30 years......so disappointing.” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Compton Acres

Compton Acres
Ranked #7 of 59 things to do in Poole
Certificate of Excellence
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Angmering, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“First visit in 30 years......so disappointing.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

We were in Bournemouth for the first time in 30 years and decided to revisit Compton Acres which had happy memories. Firstly it seemed so much smaller than we remembered and now seems to be surrounded by blocks of flats, they are even about to build a new block in the car park!
Our visit took 1 hour during which time not another person was seen! Whilst appreciating March does not see any garden at its best, the whole place looked very tired although on a positive note the tea room, shop and entrance appear to have been modernised.
Very disappointing.

Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“Very nice gardens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

The gardens are very nice and very interesting as there are different ones from all kinds of themes of cultures and areas of the world, it is very nice and relaxing to just walk through the gardens at your own pace and take in the nature

Visited July 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Beautiful even when rainy!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

My husband and I loved the gardens! Even in the rain everything was beautiful and we were impressed with all the detail everywhere. It's perfect for an hour long recreation. Great service!

Visited January 2014
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Poole, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“An Oasis of Calm and Tranquility”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014

Stunning gardens set over 10 acres near the famous Sandbanks Peninsula in Poole.

Compton Acres is a beautiful arrangement of gardens displaying different horticultural themes, from formal Italian to Japanese precision.

There are plenty of places to sit and reflect on the beauty.

Like all gardens they change throughout the year and therefore an annual pass is available to be able to visit more frequently.

There is a lovely cafe with god quality wholesome food.

Definitely worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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Pool, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2014

have been visiting compton acres for years and the cafe was always a place i looked forward to ending up at. the last few visits have been awful. the food in the cafe is terrible. we had crab sandwiches with all brown meat and all the shell. when we complained the staff just looked stunned. not bringing my friends back to the cafe

Visited January 2014
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