If you’re looking for a relaxing break, come to Bournemouth and get back to nature.
Our beautiful Pleasure Gardens have a “three continents” theme with three separate sections. The first has a European theme, the second an Asian Theme and finally the third theme is based on plant species from North America.
The Upper Gardens was originally laid out as a private garden for the Durrant family in the 1860s. However the lease was assigned over to Bournemouth Council shortly before the Lower gardens were laid out.
Many of the trees in our gardens were planted in the 19th century and are over 100 years old. As you walk into the first section you are greeted by a rather elegant Gothic style Victorian water tower, fashioned after a castle turret. In bygone days this used to provide water for a fountain and was fed, in turn by a pump.
There are wooden walkways, water features and beautiful plant species which makes this the perfect place for an afternoon picnic!
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.