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About Bournemouth

Stunning views that will remind you of a postcard.

Bournemouth is a popular seaside resort located in Dorset, on the south coast of England. Famous for its impressive cliff line, the bay enjoys its own micro-climate, with some of the warmest temperatures in the UK and scenic views of the Isle of Wight and the Purbecks. Besides the natural beauty of its parks, gardens and seven miles of award-winning beaches, Bournemouth is vibrant and cosmopolitan, offering a wide variety of shops, restaurants, seafront hotels and exciting nightlife. Nature and city-life are combined with a distinctive historical and cultural heritage. Many famous writers have lived in, or had connections with the Bournemouth area, such as Thomas Hardy, Mary Shelley, Robert Louis Stevenson and JRR Tolkien. The town is centrally located, two hours by train from London and conveniently serviced by public transport, good road links, an international airport and nearby ports.

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Restaurants

For more information on eating and drinking in Bournemouth, visit the Bournemouth tourism website.

Dosa World

Offers a different type of curry experience to most curry houses based on the Sri Lankan and South Indian 'dosa'. It is great value and centrally located.

Korean Grill

Located just opposite Dosa World. You can watch the chef cook your food from within your table! Yes, the grills are inside the table you eat from! Again, very reasonably priced and centrally located.

The Print Room

Situated just off Bournemouth Square. Set in the old print room of the Bournemouth Echo newspaper, this art deco-themed restaurant is stunning, and the food service is first class.


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Bars and pubs

Bournemouth is very well furnished for town bars and clubs - the types that can be found in any town or city in the UK.

For a lively atmosphere, alternative crowd, interesting music and a wide selection of drinks, try Sixty Million Postcards.

For real ale lovers, the only genuine ale pub in central Bournemouth is The Goat and Tricycle. It requires a walk outside of the town centre, but is a gem of a pub serving up to 11 guest ales at any one time, and well worth the walk.

For those who enjoy a cocktail, 1812 can be found just up the hill from Sixty Million Postcards. They also have an excellent restaurant offering midweek menu deals.

If the weather is decent then Aruba is an excellent place to visit - even in January! It is situated on Bournemouth pier, so impossible to miss. There is nothing special about its food or drinks menus, but you can sit and enjoy some fantastic views of the sea while having a well-deserved drink.

For more information on nightclubs, pubs and bars, Bournemouth tourism website


Places to see in Bournemouth.
Hengistbury Head

Offering superb views of the coast, great for walking or just relaxing at one of the cafes, Hengistbury Head was crowned one of the UK’s best beaches in this year’s Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Beaches Awards.

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Bournemouth Beach

Stroll along traditional seaside piers, walk along zigzag pathways, enjoy tasty food or just explore miles of gorgeous coastline. For ease of access to the beach Cliff Lifts are situated at West & East Cliff and Fisherman’s Walk.

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Oceanarium

An award winning perfect all-weather attraction situated on the beach close to Bournemouth City Centre. Go and discover the mysterious beauty of this watery world in a spectacular underwater journey.

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Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

The private home of two Victorian collectors and extensive travellers, Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes.

Located on a cliff-top overlooking the sea, it is filled with beautiful objects from their travels across the world and hosts a remarkable collection of British art, which creates a unique atmosphere.


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Bournemouth’s Parks and Gardens

The Upper, Central and Lower Gardens are the most famous of Bournemouth’s gardens and retain much of their Victorian character. You can take a pleasant walk from the seafront to the town through these gardens for 1.5 miles. The Lower Gardens are renowned for their floral bedding displays throughout the year, which are designed to bring together brilliant colours, subtle textures, height variations and scent.


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St Peter’s Church

A Church of England parish church which was designed by George Edmund Street (who later designed the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand, Westminster), and constructed between 1844 and 1879. It has unusual paintings, stunning stained glass and some of the best examples of alabaster anywhere to be seen. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the creator of Frankenstein, is buried in the graveyard together with the heart of her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley.


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City Sightseeing

Experience Bournemouth’s beautiful, dramatic coastline whilst learning some fascinating facts from the unique vantage point of open-top bus.

Departures every 30/60 minutes from Bournemouth Pier and The Square.

Stops include: Bournemouth Pier • Bournemouth Square • The West Cliff • The Triangle • The Lansdowne • Bournemouth Station • The East Cliff • Boscombe Pier