Upton Country Park, Poole’s only country park, consists of 40 hectares (more than
100 acres) of land lying on the north west edge of Poole, one of Dorset's most historic
Formal and informal gardens, open parkland, woodlands and farmland surround Upton
House, a Grade II* listed building, built around 1818 by one of Poole's influential
merchant families. A recently renovated Walled Garden, including a popular play water
feature, is open to the public for casual enjoyment, picnics and play when it is
not pre-booked for a private function or wedding reception.
From the Park there are fine views towards the town across Poole Harbour, the mudflats
and marshes of which are now protected as a site of international importance for
The Park contains tranquil formal gardens while wooded parkland provides shelter
for wildlife and visitors with trails that lead through the estate and along the
shore of Poole Harbour.
Cycleways connect the Park with the nearby residential areas of Hamworthy, Creekmoor
and Poole town itself [how to get here].
Visitors are well catered for by the Tea Rooms that provide a wide selection of lunches
and teas, together with a small art gallery. In addition, during busy periods, the
Friends operate a refreshment kiosk and seasonal plant centre adding value to the
A varied programme of family events and activities are available ranging from Poole
Town & Country Show to a Wildlife Funday. The Estate offers opportunities for people
of all ages and abilities to relax and learn in a beautiful environment.
The Park is open to the public daily:
October - March from 8am - 6pm
April - September from 8am to 9pm
Admission is free. Parking by donation.
Today Upton House is home to the Estate Office staff. Facilities include good catering
facilities, with an on-site catering team, and five reception rooms which are available
to hire for conferences, exhibitions, and training courses, private parties and community
events. It is also licensed for civil wedding ceremonies (see our links on the right).
The Friends of Upton Country Park work in partnership with the Borough of Poole,
the landlords of this beautiful Estate, for the protection, improvement and promotion
of the Park for the enjoyment and education of all visitors.