Bournemouth is well known for its beautiful gardens, parks and chines. The original Victorian Pleasure Gardens were created south of The Square and are now called The Lower Gardens.
More green space was created with the Central and Upper Gardens making a linear park approximately 1.8 miles (3km) in length running through the centre of the town from the Pier Approach to the Borough Boundary with Poole
at Branksome Wood Road. Running the length of the park is the pretty Bourne stream on its way to the sea below.
Starting at the War Memorial in Central Gardens and leading through to the Poole
Boundary, finger posts mark walking trails and interpretation boards.
The Upper Gardens
These gardens begin where the Wessex Way crosses the park and finish at Coy Pond (a decoy pond for wildfowl created in 1888). The garden is a mixture of different grasslands, trees and shrubs designed to provide colour especially in spring and autumn. Bluebells and Narcissus have been planted underneath the mature trees.
There are formal lawns, wildflower meadows and naturalized bulb areas. Mowing is delayed until the flowers have gone to seed. A boardwalk across the meadow allows close inspection of the flowers without disturbing them.
Weeping willows shade the banks of the Bourne stream and halfway through the garden is a Victorian water tower and waterwheel.
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The Central Gardens
These gardens, stretching from Coy Pond to the Town Centre, were laid out in 1870. The floral gardens are punctuated with trees and shrubs from all over the world. Lovely views of the floral features can be obtained from the Pergola.
From Spring to Autumn the park is full of colour; from delicate snowdrops, daffodils and crocuses to oriental poppies and heather. In summer the rose gardens provide a more formal air but along the banks of the stream can be found azaleas and rhododendrons.
A number of facilities can be found in Central Gardens including tennis courts, a putting green and children’s playground.
The Lower Gardens
Renowned for their floral bedding displays throughout the year these gardens are the most popular. They are also the location of many attractions and events, including the Bournemouth Eye Balloon, the tropical bird Aviary, the Pine Walk, concerts at the Bandstand, the Open Air Art Exhibition, and the Candle Lighting evening.
In spring Flowering Cherries line e main path with spring bulb plantings. During the summer the range of plants includes long flowering varieties of Geranium, Heliotrope, Marigold, Petunia, Salvia and Verbena combined and Spider Plants. These gardens are now referred to as Bournemouth Gardens.
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Bournemouth Entertainment Precinct
The Lower Gardens is bounded by Wendover Road where can be found the Bournemouth
International Centre and the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
and Ballroom. These locations provide many of Bournemouth
’s entertainment venues. Just inside the gardens is the Bournemouth TIC
In front of the Pavilion is the rock garden; constructed in 1930 it is one of the largest Municipal rock gardens in the country. Based upon a series of terraces, planting pockets have been created to enable alpine and rock plants from around the world to be grown.
Contact & Further Information
The Gardens are intersected along the length at three points by highways and can be easily accessed by buses leaving from the terminal in the Square and the Triangle. For up to date public transport information visit the Yellow Buses website. You can phone Yellow Buses Customer Services on +44 (0)1202 636 000. For bus times, you need to contact Traveline on +44 (0)8712 002 233.
- Alum Chine boasts an award winning tropical garden, which was laid out with paths, borders and dry stonewalls in the 1920s to create a terrace garden overlooking the bay. There are now many unusual exotic plants in the gardens for people to discover. Web: Bournemouth Council - Alum Chine
Chine Gardens feature a children’s water play area, mini golf and a café. The gardens have recently been restored to their Victorian splendour. Web: Bournemouth Council - Chine Gardens
If a walk along the promenade to Boscombe
is too far, why not take the land train from Bournemouth Pier
Chine Gardens. This is a set of open air carriages pulled by a miniature motorized train engine. For information, go to:
Google Map - Bournemouth Gardens