Hengistbury Head

Hengistbury Head is a great day out for the whole family. A free museum with interactive exhibitions, wildlife cameras, bird-watching, walks, bike-ride and a land-train.. The Visitor Centre provides information and maps and the Hiker’s Café serves lunches, snacks and ice-creams.


Hengistbury Head

Hengistbury Head is a great day out for the whole family. This stunning site offers a free museum with interactive exhibitions detailing the archaeology, ecology and geology from the Stone Age through to the present day. Handle objects used by Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age people. Discover the history of what was once the busiest port in the country.

Enjoy the the wildlife cameras for intimate close-ups of birds and mammals in this area.

The many paths and trails offer breathtaking views across Christchurch Harbour and Poole Bay for walkers and cyclists. The area can also be explored by using the Hengistbury land train (known affectionately as the “Noddy Train” to locals). The Visitor Centre can provide information and maps and there is also a small café serving lunches, snacks and ice-creams. The are is perfect for dog-walkers, and for the hardy can be reached from Bournemouth by walking approx. 7 miles along the beach-front promenade.

What’s Included:
Hengistbury Head is free to enter.

There is no charge for the museum. There is a pay and display car park and tickets for the land train can be bought on the train.


Location:  Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve
BH6 4EW*

(*Please use the postcode BH6 4EN in sat-nav and mapping sofware)