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How to find us

Finding Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve

Hengistbury Head is a dramatic headland in Bournemouth situated to the south of Christchurch Harbour. It is an outstanding site for wildlife and archaeology and offers beautiful beaches and views across the New Forest, Isle of Wight and Purbecks. Access is easy for all ages and abilities and there is a land train linking to Mudeford Spit, and ferries to Christchurch. Buses run closeby.

It's a great place for a day out whether you are walking or cycling. You are in the countryside but still close to the town!

Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre,Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve,

Bournemouth, Dorset BH6 4EW*

Telephone: 01202 451618


*our actual postcode is BH6 4EN but we've found some sat-navs try to take cars across the stretch of water!!


The main car park is just beside the Hiker Cafe, opposite the golf course. Parking charges apply - find out the latest charges and opening times here.

Finding the Visitor Centre on site

The Visitor Centre is located just past the Hiker Cafe, on the tarmac path. It's a five minute walk from the main car park (flat, easy access).

If you're travelling from Mudeford Spit, the Visitor Centre is a request stop on the land train, or just walk along the main tarmac path and the Visitor Centre emerge on your right hand side as you head towards the Hiker Cafe and the edge of the reserve (with the sea on your right). 

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