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Upton House & Country Park

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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 coastal towns.

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 wildlife conservation.

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 visitor experience.

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:

Admission is free. Car Parking charges apply.

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).

Scheduled House Tours

The House is open to the public on certain weekends between March - September [click here for dates and times].

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.  

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