Hengistbury Head

New visitor centre welcomes you to the area

Hengistbury Head is a historic headland and provides wonderful walks with views of Christchurch Harbour and Bournemouth beach out to sea. 

It is a site of international importance in terms of its archaeology and is scheduled as an Ancient Monument.

Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

The new Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre opened in February 2014. The old thatched barn has been converted to house displays of the internationally important archaeology, geology and ecology found at this unique Nature Reserve. 

It has a variety of exhibitions and events are designed to raise awareness and understanding of this fascinating place which is not only a Nature Reserve, but an Ancient Monument and a Site of Special Scientific Interest and ranks as one of the most important such sites in England.

Hengistbury Head Land Train

There is a small land train that runs from the cafe/car park to the beach huts at the spit and harbour entrance. It runs every day except Christmas day.

Parking at Hengistbury Head

There is a large pay and display car park at Hengistbury Head and some limited on road parking along Broadway. The area does get busy during peak times so arrive early or take a Yellow Bus (33) to Harbour Road and follow Broadway.


  • Bournemouth
  • Dorset
  • BH6 4EN