Bournemouth Things to Do

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  • 1. Beach

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Of course I knew that Bournemouth was a beach town, but when I went to the beach on my first afternoon in town, it took my breath away for a short moment. I really had not expected such an impressive...

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  • 2. Pier

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I almost forgot to write a tip about this! It’s right under my nose, and one of the town’s “attractions”, but... It is one of those icons of English seaside resorts. Compulsory. Many seem to rot and...

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  • 3. The Eye

    I haven't been up in this myself but it does look like a fun thing to do. I'm not sure whether there's been a bit of controversy recently but there seems to have been a name change in that the "Eye"...

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  • 4. The Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Gardens are formed of three different parts: The Upper Gardens, the Central Gardens and the Lower Gardens. They are located in the town centre and are a lovely place to have a stroll. They lead...

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  • 5. Aquarium

    Great selection of marine life and displays, kept me and the family entertained for hours. A little pricey on entry(£9) but had a discount as a student. Immerse yourself in a sea of colour, with 8...

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  • 6. Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    A wonderful museum that surprised me very much! I read about it in my travel guide and decided to go. The museum is located on the east cliff, a beautiful location overlooking the ocean. In the front...

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  • 7. Guided tour to the Jurassic Coast

    It was actually VT's fault that I wanted to see some rural places around Dorset - I had seen some pages about those place here and just HAD to visit Lulworth...

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  • 8. Bournemouth Arcade

    While walking through Bournemouth's city centre, I suddenly found the beautiful Bournemouth Arcade. I couldn't resist having a look - I like those arcades...

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  • 9. Poole Harbour

    In the beginning of the Jurassic Coast day trip, we took the ferry from Poole Harbour to the Isle of Purbeck, and therefore visited Poole Harbour. Ok, strictly...

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  • 10. Old Harry Rocks

    If you are on the beach and look to the right, you will see some very special looking rocks. These are Old Harry Rocks, two big chalk stacks that you can see...

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  • 11. Undercliff Promenade and ZigZag Ways

    There is a nice promenade above the beach which leads along the whole length of the beach within the borders of the city centre. I really recommend a walk along...

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  • 12. Day trips by train

    I made a base in Bournemouth for nine days, but only spent three days in the town itself - on all other days I made day trips to other places. While I did one...

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  • 13. Boscombe

    Go east from Bournemouth Pier along the promenade and you come to Boscombe. It has a pier too. However, it looks like the end fell off. No theatre. No boozer...

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  • 14. Tour de Poole

    I hired a bike on the Sunday morning (see transportation tip) for 4 hours, mainly to get over to see Poole. It’s the next town along the coast, heading...

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  • 15. The Conference Centre

    The BIC - Bournemouth International Centre - was the main focus of my trip. Your typical conference/exhibition/concert venue. I was there for a conference -...

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  • 16. Air Festival

    A day out to Bournemouth to watch the air festival in the seaside area. I had a great time, weather wasn't that good that day, was raining a lot but still I...

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  • 17. Walking And Cycling Along The Coast

    The roughly 12 mile stretch of coast between Sandbanks and Christchurch form part of the National Cycle Route 2 and most of this is off road and level. This is...

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  • 18. Go surfing at surf steps-bournemouth surf school

    Surfing and paddle boarding. I was down in Bournemouth for a week over the school holidays and it's a great way to do something active on the beach and an...

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  • 19. Paintball in Bournemouth

    We visited the new MegaPaintball indoor Paintball Arena in the centre of Bournemouth having previously played at their outdoor site in Dorchester - was an...

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  • 20. Go For A Beer or 16!! The Goat and Tricycle

    If you like a drop of proper beer then seek out The Goat and Trike. This slightly-out-of-town pub is owned by the Wiltshire brewery Wadworth (best known for...

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  • 21. Coastal walk - Durdle door & Lulworth cove

    Distance 2 milesThis circular walk starts from the Durdle Door car park by taking the downhill inland route to the Heritage Centre at Lulworth Cove. The walk...

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  • 22. Coastal walk - Old Harry Rocks

    Distance 3.5 milesFrom the car park of studland vilage walk down road past Bankes Arms pub, goleft on the path signed Old Harry. Keep on this path looking out...

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  • 23. When to Go

    Visit in spring, early summer or early autumn, when you should be guaranteed at least a few sunny days. The Coast Path's wild flowers are at their best between...

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  • 24. South West Coast Path

    The South West Coast Path is Britain's longest national trail, which at 630 miles would take a fit walker a whole six weeks to complete! but thousands every...

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  • 25. Red Arrows

    Every August tens of thousands gathered along the clifftops to watch the The RAF's Red Arrows swoop along Bournemouth's seafront in their annual summer display....

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