Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve | Day Out With The Kids

Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve

Bournemouth, Dorset, England

  • Sunset at Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve in Bournemouth
  • Entrance to Visitor Centre at Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve in Bournemouth
  • Kids looking at fish at Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve in Bournemouth

Attraction Information

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Ages: all ages

Venue type: Outdoor

The Hengistbury Head Beach is a south facing sand and pebbled beach with relatively safe swimming, but with no lifeguard cover at any time. Swimming near the cliffs can be very dangerous but paddling in the shallows is considered very safe and you will find plenty of families doing just that on sunny days.

Immediate vicinity amenities to the beach include modern accessible toilet block and a windsurf hire school. You need to make arrangements with the school in advance if you wish to start learning or use their equipment.

The nearby Land Train runs most days of the year, from the Hiker Cafe down to the Beach Cafe on Mudeford Spit. This is a pleasing way to get about and is ideal for those with little legs in tow.

The 162 hectares of Hengistbury Head Local Nature Reserve beside the beach incorporate a variety of habitats including woodland, meadows, heathland, scrub, sand dunes, beach, estuary and saltmarsh, ensuring between them a huge spread of indigenous mini beasts and other wildlife. For kids into insects or birds, you couldn't pick a better spot to explore!

There are superb views from the top of the Head towards the Isle of Wight and over 500 plant species and 300 species of birds have been recorded here.

Also look out for the regular programme of guided walks that take place during the year, which range from bird watching to stargazing and will give you a ranger level insight into the area and it's intricacies.

Please note the address given below is for satnav purposes and is for the golf club adjacent at which there is some public parking, with closer parking further on at the Solent Meads car park.


  • Restaurant Restaurant Onsite
  • Snacks Snacks Available
  • Picnics Picnics Allowed
  • Onsite Onsite Shop
  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Parking Parking Available Nearby

Getting There and Contact Information


Rolls Drive, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 4NA, England


Click here to visit Hengistbury Head Beach and Reserve's website
01202 451629

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Year round access


Free admission

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