Quick Guide to Bournemouth

A surfers' paradise on England's south coast, Bournemouth is a tourist's dream, with sandy beaches, warm weather and plenty of gardens and countryside to take a wander through.

Bournemouth is remarkably neat and very close to picture perfect. Roundabouts commonly feature flower arrangements and finely cut grass, whilst Bournemouth hotels take the form of brilliant white Victorian buildings that shine bright in the sun.

The beach trails for seven miles along the southern Dorset coastline, and during the height of summer, it can really compete with some of the more popular European resorts. Mix in bohemian suburbs, a lively town centre and easy access to the New Forest and you can easily see why this traditional seaside resort is remains an ever-popular holiday destination.

Fab holidays for:

Traditional seaside holidays, Families, Southern English sunshine

Main Airport:

Bournemouth Airport

Did you know?

The colourful wooden beach huts that line many of Bournemouth's beaches may look quaint, but they sell for as much as £30,000.

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Bournemouth Attractions

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Bournemouth Beaches
Park your derriere on one of the 3,000 deck chairs that line Bournemouth's golden sands. You can opt for Alum Chine, backed by a sub-tropical garden and children's playground. Or try the cream-coloured sands of East Cliff beach, sandwiched in-between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers.
Bournemouth Balloon
Jump in this giant helium balloon and you'll rise up 150 metres in the air for 20-mile panoramic views of Bournemouth and beyond.
Oceanarium
Explore the undersea world with 10 recreated environments at this aquarium, including the Amazon, Key West and the Abyss.
Gardens
The lush public gardens are a large part of Bournemouth's appeal. You could follow the art trail along the Pine Walk, play a game of crazy golf in spacious Bournemouth Gardens, or stroll through the Victorian gardens towards the sea at Boscombe Chine.
Adventure Wonderland
There are 28 rides and attractions at the three parks that make up Dorset's biggest theme park. From a runaway train and pirate galleon at Adventureland, to Wonderland's massive adventure maze, there's plenty of outdoor fun for families. Plus jungle themed rides and play areas at the indoor Wild Thing! Aztec play centre.

Where to Stay in Bournemouth

You can find accommodation to fit every budget and requirement during a holiday break in Bournemouth. Central areas have the highest concentration of hotels, from welcoming B&Bs to grand sea-facing Victorian hotels.

You can head out of the centre for a very different style seaside holiday. Exclusive apartments are available overlooking Poole harbour, or stay amid the boutiques and beauty salons in the elegant suburb of Westbourne.

To save a few pennies consider the youth hostels around Frances Road. They almost all have great kitchen facilities and comfortable shared and private rooms, along with a sociable surfer-based clientele.

If, however, you prefer spas to surfboards, then the Royal Bath Hotel on Westover Road will be right up your street, offering plush luxury rooms and excellent service.

Saving Money in Bournemouth

To keep your food bills down and get a real taste of the south coast, make a beeline for the seafront fish and chip shops. These all offer the most quintessentially British fare at a fraction of the price of the more expensive town centre restaurants.

As with many destinations for a holiday in the UK, some of the finest attractions in Bournemouth are free, such as Boscombe Pier, the Chine Gardens and The Pine Walk. With so much free stuff to do in and around Bournemouth, you can have a fun, interesting time without having to break the bank.