Bournemouth

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Bournemouth showing a ruin, tranquil scenes and hiking or walking

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.

Royal Bath Hotel & Spa Bournemouth
Royal Bath Hotel & Spa Bournemouth
4 out of 5
Bath Road, Bournemouth, England
The price is AU$64 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Located in Bournemouth City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum and Oceanarium. Bournemouth Beach and Bournemouth ...
2.8/5 (925 reviews)
"Beautiful old building very grand in its day"

Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2022

Royal Bath Hotel & Spa Bournemouth
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 AU$119 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
Located in Bournemouth City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bournemouth Lower Gardens, Bournemouth International Centre and Oceanarium. Bournemouth ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (950 reviews)
"Lovely hotel, very clean and modern. Breakfast was excellent. Had a twin room and was really pleased with the large beds. On the downside, the shower head needed descaling, there was only one hook in the bathroom and no towel rail so nowhere to hang wet towels, no coat hooks either in bedroom and ..."

Reviewed on 25 Dec. 2021

Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth
The Orchid Hotel
The Orchid Hotel
4 out of 5
34 Gervis Road, Bournemouth, England
The price is AU$132 per night from 24 Jan. to 25 Jan.
Located in Bournemouth City Centre, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth Beach and Bournemouth Pavillion ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (641 reviews)
"Lovely comfortable stay"

Reviewed on 26 Dec. 2021

The Orchid Hotel
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.
LUXURY APARTMENT - 3 mins walk to Bournemouth Beach with parking
LUXURY APARTMENT - 3 mins walk to Bournemouth Beach with parking
Beacon Rd, East Coast, Bournemouth, ENG
Located in Bournemouth City Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Bournemouth International Centre and Bournemouth Beach. Oceanarium and ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Luxury Bournemouth
"Beautiful apartment in perfect location. If you want to eat out every day or fully self cater you will be very happy here as facilities for self catering are far superior to anywhere we've stayed previously. The bed is so comfy I wanted to take it home. Overall great apartment, great location and ..."

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2019

LUXURY APARTMENT - 3 mins walk to Bournemouth Beach with parking
6 Sandbourne
6 Sandbourne
3.5 out of 5
6 Sandbourne, 12 Sandbourne Road, Bournemouth, England
Situated near the beach, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Durley Chine Beach and Bournemouth Beach. Oceanarium and Bournemouth International Centre ...
6 Sandbourne
Gorgeous Town Centre Apartment - 5 Minutes From Beach
Gorgeous Town Centre Apartment - 5 Minutes From Beach
Bournemouth, ENG
Located in Bournemouth City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of The Square and Bournemouth International Centre. Bournemouth Beach ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
Property was clean.very close to the beach.Property manager communicating very well and very fast.
"Property clean and spatious.Very close to the beach."

Reviewed on 3 Jul. 2020

Gorgeous Town Centre Apartment - 5 Minutes From Beach
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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