FAQs

If you can’t find the answer to your question below please do not hesitate to contact us on 01202 700 778

When is Compton Acres Open?

Is Compton Acres open at weekends and on Bank Holidays?
Compton Acres is open all year round including Bank Holidays and weekends (excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day)

In the case of extreme weather, will the gardens be closed?
The Compton Acres Gardens aim to remain open all year round, however, in the case of extreme weather such as heavy rain fall, snow and ice the gardens may be closed. All of the latest opening information can be found on The Compton Acres website and our social media platforms which are updated regularly. If you are in any doubt about whether the gardens will be open please contact us on 01202 700 778.

What time do the gardens open?
Please see Opening Times section.

What time do the gardens close?
Please see our Opening Times section.

What time do the café and tearooms open?
Delicious food is served in our café and tearooms from 9am Monday to Sunday, all year round (excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day).

What time do the café and tearooms close?
Compton Acres Café and Tearooms serve until 5pm and close at 6pm.

Costs to Visit

How much does it cost to visit?
Please see our Tickets and Pricing section for detailed information on all our available tickets and prices

Do I have to pay to access the café?
No, everyone is welcome in our café and tearooms to rest after a good explore of our gardens or a browse in our plant centre and gifts shops!

Your Visit and Accessibility

Are the gardens wheelchair accessible?
The majority of our gardens are wheel chair accessible with paths and ramps. However, some areas of our gardens are relatively steep, so, whilst accessible by wheel chair, assistance may be needed by someone with adequate strength. Our friendly gardeners can be on hand to help if required.

Are concessionary rates available?
Concessionary rates are available for students, OAPS, those with disabilities and carers. For prices please see our Tickets and Pricing section.

Is there seating in the gardens?
All of our principal gardens offer benches and other suitable seating. There are plenty of opportunities to stop and rest while exploring our beautiful gardens.

Can I picnic in the gardens?
Visitors are welcome to picnic in our gardens, however, there are no designated picnicking areas so if you are planning to picnic please keep this in mind. Visitors are welcome to use the seating situated around our principal gardens or the benches outside our Harbour View Café. However, we kindly ask that that you respect the gardens and ensure all litter is collected.

Can I take photographs?
Compton Acres is a photographer’s paradise, full of nature’s beauty and stunning sights for your camera lens. All our visitors are very welcome to take their own photos which we love to see shared on our Facebook page.

Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are allowed in both the gardens and our café and tearooms. However, we do ask that visitors kindly respect the space of other visitors and keep the dogs close to your own vicinity. As such, retractable leads are not allowed.

Are the Koi Carp still in the ponds?
Koi Carp live in our ponds throughout the year, however, depending on the season they can be difficult to spot due to the water freezing in the colder months plus occasional algae bloom in our Japanese pond.

How many gardeners are there?
Compton Acres has 3 full time and 3 part time expert gardeners who are all happy to answer any questions you may have about the gardens.

Are there toilet facilities?
Toilet and baby changing facilities are situated in our café and tearooms.

Is there car parking and coach park at Compton Acres?
Free car parking is available at Compton Acres in our newly refurbished car park. Coach parking is available nearby.

Are bicycles, tricycles and scooters allowed in the gardens?
No form of wheeled travel is allowed within our gardens (except for pushchairs and wheelchairs). If you choose to travel to Compton Acres by bike, bicycles can be left in our car park but are left entirely at the owner’s risk.

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