Bennetts Water Gardens

Bennetts Water Gardens, Putton Lane, Chickerell, Weymouth, UK

01305 785150

Bennetts Water Gardens is a popular visitor attraction in Weymouth. The highlight is a Monet style Japanese bridge.

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Bennetts Water Gardens is set in a quiet spot in Chickerell, on the outskirts of Weymouth. This popular visitor attraction boasts 8 acres of gardens, including the National Plant Collection of Water Lillies as well as the Tropical House, woodland walks and a museum.

Perhaps the most recognisable feature is the Claude Monet Style Japanese Bridge. This iconic feature looks impressive against the colourful backdrop and is a favourite among visiting photographers.

Bennetts history

The gardens have been built on the site of fomer clay pits. When the brickworks closed ground water filled the pits, creating the ponds you see today. The ponds are filled with water lillies, many of which were originally sourced from the same nursery in France that supplied the plants for Monets famous garden in France.


Nature lovers will be impressed by the variety of wildlife that can be seen throughout the gardens. The ponds are home to rudd, roach, carp and tench as well as frogs, toads and newts. Many species of birds have been spotted in the grounds, including herons, kingfishers, egrets and herons to name but a few. Colourful dragonflies dart around the

Food & Drink

If you’re feeling peckish during your visit, stop by the on-site cafe, Cafe Monet. The friendly team serve a variety of hot and cold lunches as well as home made cakes and cream teas. They’ve recently expanded their offering to include an increased selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

There is also a small shop where you can pick up unusual gifts or ornaments for your garden. There are also a selection of plants for sale.

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  • Very peaceful Park

    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Sarah W - Pitch Up

  • 5 out of 5 isn't enough!

    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

    Big Caravan Adventures - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

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    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

    Alison D - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic holiday once again

    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

    Andy M - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • A little bit of heaven!

    Golden Cap is a little bit of heaven. The views are awesome, right next to the sea. It's all relaxed and low key just how we like it.

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  • Idyllic setting

    Quiet site in a beautiful setting with exceptionally clean toilets and showers

    Anthony M - Pitch Up
    Graston Copse

  • Would definitely recommend

    Close to beach, a nice local pub, dog friendly and a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Dan M - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • A tour of Dorset!

    An excellent Park as a base to visit the Dorset coast, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, to name a few.

    Arthur D - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Fantastic Park

    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

    Shirley Thompson - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • A hidden gem

    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

    Mark Tee - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Lovely tranquil campsite

    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

    Sarah - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse