Gardens to Visit around Dorset

Gardens to Visit Around Dorset - Platinum Skies

As the last of the summer rays fall over our beloved British landscape and the leaves begin to turn in the trees it can be all too easy to remain indoors. But the truth is,


There is no such thing as inclement weather, just improper clothing

-Alfred Wainwright, A Coast to Coast Walk


If you are in command of a good walking wardrobe then this can actually be the perfect time to catch the last of the moderate weather and the countryside at it’s autumnal best. Many people travel to New England to get the best of the beautiful autumn leaves turning but there’s a reason it was named New England. You don’t have to travel so far to gain such beautiful sites and there are many wonderful places to visit in the country home of our recently launched property, Monterey, (Christchurch), Dorset.

We’ve popped a few of them in this blog for you so you can perhaps take a walk in meditation on your own, go out with a friend and catch up in beautiful surroundings, or go out searching for conkers with your grandchildren.


Hinton Admiral Gardens


‘Mature plantings of deciduous azaleas and rhododendrons amidst a sea of bluebells.’

These grounds encircle a beautiful eighteenth-century house and include a terrace, rock garden, kitchen garden and woodland walk. Trees, shrubs, lawns and ponds abound in these gardens where you can enjoy both wide open spaces of green and a pretty walled garden with herbs and the like. The terrace and rock garden were designed by Harold Peto and the latter has beautiful riots of bluebells, wild daffodils and other seasonal flowers.



Lyndhurst Road, Hinton, Christchurch, Dorset, England, BH23 7DY


£6 – As of 2017

Opening times:

Private group visits to the garden may be arranged by emailing

Otherwise Hinton Admiral participates in the National Open Garden Scheme and you can find open garden day dates on their website.

Compton Acres

Originating in 1920 by My Thomas Simpson, Comptom Acres is over 10 acres of beautiful gardens complete with cafe and tea rooms and of course a Plant Centre! Compton Acres regularly run events and offers which you can view on their website perfect for enjoying a solo day out or one with the grandchildren.

Take the circular route and allow the gardens to unfold before you from the Italian garden, to the Rock & Water garden, to the Japanese garden and many more.


164 Canford Cliffs Road, Poole Dorset, BH13 7ES


Concession – £7.45

Children: £4.25

Under 4s – Free

Opening times:

1st November  – Good Friday 10am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)

Good Friday – 31st October – 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm)

View most up-to-date opening times here.


Priory Gardens

Gardens and a wooded walk united to create a beautiful garden getaway surrounding Christchurch Priory. There is a stream winding through the grounds with a lovely musical background to your visit along with the fish pond at the Quay end. The Priory 900 Committee organised a sculpture competition on the 900th anniversary of the Priory with a winning design by Jonathon Sells you can admire on your visit.


Quay Road, Christchurch, BH23 1BU



Opening times:

All times.

Exbury Gardens

World famous displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias await you in Exbury Gardens. The charitable organisation partakes in ongoing propagation, plant hunting, the development of horticultural knowledge and science and the opening of the gardens to the public! It’s often the home of sculpture exhibitions and can be enjoyed year-round.

The best thing here is the miniature railway which has opened up previously unavailable areas to the public and for those who might find walking all day a challenge. If you fancy a day out with the grandchildren then you can make the most of the picnic areas and railway and tearooms.


Exbury Gardens, The Estate Office, Exbury, Southampton, Hampshire, SO45 1AZ


Adult: £16

Children: £8.15

Opening times:

20th March – 5th March 2017

Monterey’s Gardens

We know the importance of beautiful outside spaces here at Platinum Skies and we believe they don’t need to be something you give up when moving to a retirement property. That’s why we’ve specifically designed beautiful gardens surrounding our Monterey property and at our recent launch of the property we even planted a new majestic Monterey pine, in keeping with the namesake of the property.


To find out more about our Monterey property and why it might be the best choice you make for your retirement why not give us a call on: 01202 471461 and arrange a viewing at our property.