Bournemouth is one of the most popular seaside resorts on the south coast and the largest settlement in Dorset. Thanks to its seven miles of golden sandy beaches, clean sea water, excellent weather (well for England anyway) and lively nightlife Bournemouth attracts over 6 million visitors each year.
The town was founded in 1810 and was initially marketed as a health resort due to its mild climate and fresh sea air – a welcome break from the industrial smog being experienced by people living in the larger cities at that time. After the arrival of the railway the town quickly grew and became a recognised town in 1870. The town centre still has plenty of interesting Victorian architecture.
Top 10 Things to Do in Bournemouth
#1 Visit Bournemouth Beach & Pier
#2 If you prefer things a bit quieter try a nearby beach such as Durley Chine (11 mins walk west of the pier), Middle Chine (14 mins walk west) or Alum Chine (18 mins walk west). This is where you’ll find the locals. Don’t want to walk? then take the Seafront Land Train.
#3 Cool off by taking a stroll through the Lower Gardens which conveniently runs between the pier and Bournemouth town centre.
#4 For a better view of the beaches take a ride on the Big Wheel
#5 Visit the Oceanarium next to the pier
#6 Take in a bit of culture at the Russell-Cotes Museum & Art Gallery
#7 Whizz down the Pier Zip Line
#8 Take the Purbeck Breezer 50 – an open deck bus to Sandbanks & Swanage
#9 Go for a coastal walk along the seafront promenade. Bournemouth Pier to Sandbanks Shore Road Beach is 3 miles and takes 1 hour. Its 4 miles in total if you walk to Sandbanks Ferry (1 hr 20 mins from Bournemouth Pier). It only costs £1 for a return trip on the Sandbanks Ferry across to Shell Bay. If you don’t fancy the walk back then you can catch a bus (open topped Purbeck Breezer 50 see above).
#10 Ride the City Sightseeing Bus to Poole Quay and take a Cruise to Swanage
There is always plenty going on throughout the year. Free events include the Bournemouth Air Festival which is usually held towards the end of August. The Christmas Tree Wonderland and Market starts in mid-November and continues until the end of the year. Check out Bournemouth’s official tourism website for more events www.bournemouth.co.uk or visit the Visitor Information Centre infant of the pier.
For parking recommendations and charges see our webpage Bournemouth Car Parks
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