Bournemouth

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Bournemouth featuring tranquil scenes, hiking or walking and building ruins

From a golden beach and Victorian-era architecture to award-winning gardens and a buzzing nightlife, this is one of England’s most-loved beach resorts.

Bournemouth is the epitome of a classic English beach town, offering sweeping coastline, grand Victorian architecture and lively nightlife. Until the early 1800s, Bournemouth was a remote heathland used mainly by fishermen and smugglers. Today, the town attracts a mixture of daytrippers, family vacationers and bachelor parties.

Bournemouth’s focal point is Bournemouth Beach, a 7-mile (11-kilometer) bay of golden sand stretching along England’s southern coast. Stroll along the waterfront promenade to find cafés, bars and barbecue areas. Check out the colorful beach huts, symbols of an English tradition that began in Bournemouth in the early 1900s. Rent sun loungers and watersport equipment, including kayaks, surfboards and Jet Skis.

Walk to Boscombe Pier, a 19th-century structure with excellent coastline views. Visit the Coastal Activity Park, a recreation area offering over 30 beach and water activities. Take a boat trip to Brownsea Island to spot endangered wildlife.

Explore 2,000 acres (809 hectares) of gardens in the town center and surrounding region. Wander through the picturesque Victorian-style Lower Gardens. Watch free concerts at the bandstand or play a round of miniature golf. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the town and beach on the Bournemouth Balloon. Follow trails past colorful roses and rhododendrons in the pristine Central Gardens. Discover Asian, American and European trees in the Upper Gardens.

Bournemouth has abundant indoor attractions, too. See hundreds of aquatic creatures at the Oceanarium. Study 19th-century art at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum. Watch concerts, musicals, ballet and opera at the Pavilion Theatre. Go to St. Peter’s Church, which houses the tomb of Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein.

Enjoy Bournemouth’s famous dining and nightlife. Choose from more than 250 restaurants, bars and nightclubs, many inside Victorian-era buildings located in the largely pedestrianized town center.

Bournemouth is just a 2-hour drive from London and easily reached via trains, buses or rental car. Come in summer to enjoy festivals, watersports and sunbathing or visit in winter for long walks on an almost deserted beach.

Where to stay in Bournemouth

Chine Hotel
Chine Hotel
3 out of 5
25 Boscombe Spa Road, Bournemouth, England
The price is ¥13,203 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Boscombe Chine Gardens Mini Golf Course and O2 Academy Bournemouth. Bournemouth Beach and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (695 reviews)
"The property was showing its age in some places. But that is what makes it interesting. Parking is not that easy"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

Chine Hotel
The Piccadilly Hotel
The Piccadilly Hotel
3 out of 5
23 Bath Rd, Bournemouth, England
The price is ¥14,421 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
Located in Bournemouth City Centre, this property is within a 15-minute walk of Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre and Bournemouth International Centre. O2 Academy ...
3.3/5 (9 reviews)
"Staff were helpful and friendly .Rooms were very clean and they upgraded us to a bigger room free of cost.Location was excellent. Lounge area was comfortable. Staff ready to let us in when we often came back late. Very safe hotel."

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2021

The Piccadilly Hotel
Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth
Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth
3.5 out of 5
Upper Terrace Road, Bournemouth, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥17,093 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Bournemouth City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bournemouth Lower Gardens, Bournemouth International Centre, and Bournemouth Pavillion ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)
"A lovely modern styled hotel, very clean, lovely smell in the lobby. Rooms are very comfortable and clean."

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth
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Iona Holiday Flat
Iona Holiday Flat
3 out of 5
Flat 1 Iona, 71 Sea Road, Bournemouth, England
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Boscombe Pier and O2 Academy Bournemouth. Bournemouth Beach and Bournemouth International ...
Iona Holiday Flat
Sea Breeze
Sea Breeze
3.5 out of 5
4 East Coast, Bournemouth, England
Nestled on the beach, this Bournemouth City Centre cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Bournemouth Beach and Bournemouth International Centre. Bournemouth Pavillion ...
Sea Breeze
Exchange Buildings By Flying Butler
Exchange Buildings By Flying Butler
3.5 out of 5
Upper Hinton Road, Bournemouth, England
Located in Bournemouth City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of St. Peter's Church and Bournemouth Lower Gardens. Bournemouth International ...
4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
"Lovely clean flat lots of space comfortable beds Near shops and beach good location"

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2021

Exchange Buildings By Flying Butler
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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