Bournemouth Travel Guide

  • A Day at the Beach
    A Day at the Beach
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  • A lovely Dorset beach
    A lovely Dorset beach
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Bournemouth Things to Do

  • 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 sight! Bournemouth is located at Poole Bay, a beautiful stretch of sand, 16km long! It runs all the way from Old Harry Rocks in the west to...

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  • 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" is now the "Balloon" - maybe the London Eye got jealous? But anyway, this is a helium-filled balloon which is fixed to the ground by a steel cable...

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  • 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 collapse, but this one was restored in the 1970s. It has a theatre and bar/restaurant on it, as well as a handful of fairground rides - presumably...

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Bournemouth Restaurants

  • A Contemporary Restaurant /Pub

    As we had not booked a table and it was busy we did wonder if it would be a problem.As soon as we walked in the door a member of staff welcomed us and found us a table.Although our table was not in the dining area but close to the bar it was not a problem as it was a much quieter area.All the staff were helpful and friendly and it is always nice...

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  • One of the best!

    Zoukini's is a vegetarian restaurant that is located outside of the city centre, in Westbourne. It is quite colourful and the interior is inspired by Asian style.I went to eat here on mother's day and the usual menu was not available, they just had a special three-course lunch on offer. The first course was an Indian soup, which was very good and...

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  • Old-fashioned Italian

    While I walked through Bournemouth in search for lunch I stumbled upon Amaretto Restaurant and decided to have lunch here. I was the only customer and that felt a bit weird. The restaurant just felt like one of those traditional Italian restaurants in Germany: Italian kitsch all over the place (empty wine bottles, white goddess statues, green and...

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Bournemouth Nightlife

  • Experience the Award Winning PRIVA

    DISCREETLY LOCATED IN BOURNEMOUTH'S FASHIONABLE WEST END, PRIVA IS AN AWARD WINNING NIGHTCLUB, OFFERING IMPECCABLE BOTTLE TO TABLE SERVICE, ASIAN DELICACIES AND THE HOTTEST DJ'S THE UK HAS TO OFFER.PRIVA is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for members and guests, and other nights for private bookings. Booking a table to include one...

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  • Passport to Paradise

    Escape the real world at Kukui. Kukui is a refreshing and exotic tiki club in the heart of Bournemouth, boasting a beautiful cocktail bar on our first floor and a club room beneath. Wave goodbye to the stresses and strains of everyday life and say “Aloha” to a South-Pacific inspired paradise. Enjoy an exotic Cocktail from the mouth-watering...

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  • Top Nights Out

    Originally conceived in Southampton 9 years ago, the Orange Rooms is very proud to introduce their award winning bar into the heart of Bournemouth! The Orange Rooms is well known for its retro inspired decor, diverse music policy, great food, extensive cocktail menu and its relaxed atmosphere.Check out the website for info on our fab food and drink...

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Bournemouth Transportation

  • Freedom of South West Rover

    A rail ticket that gives unlimited rail travel from Bournemouth - the area covered includes Bristol, Cardiff, Gloucester, Great Malvern , Portsmouth and Swindon.Very good value. 2014 prices are - 3 days in 7 = Adult £79, with a railcard £52.15 and child £39.50. Any 8 days in 15 - £109.00, £71.95 and £54.50.

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  • Easy access to the beach.

    The cliff lifts which can be found at West Cliff,East Cliff and Fisherman's Walk Cliff only operate between Easter and the end of October.They give you easy access to the beach from the cliff tops.Each car takes 12 passengers and costs £1.20p for each adult,80p per child or £3.80p for a family - 2 adults and up to 3 under 16's.

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  • Bournemouth by train

    Bournemouth was a good place to stay and to explore Dorset and Hampshire by train. I went to Dorchester, Winchester and Lyme Regis and found it very convenient (to Winchester I went twice because on the second day I took a bus from Winchester to Chawton to see Jane Austen's house).I pre-booked all my tickets in advance on www.nationalrail.co.uk and...

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Bournemouth Shopping

  • A Welcome French Invasion

    A couple of times a year Bournemouth's town square gets invaded by the French. They come armed with the aroma of freshly-baking baguettes, the tang of tasty charcuterie, a zing or two of plump olives and all sorts of other heinous weapons designed to captivate and rob us of our hard-earned cash.Yep this is the Continental Market which descends on...

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  • Ice-cream For The Boaties!

    On dry land there's the usual ice-cream vans, whether mobile or static, but here around Bournemouth and Poole you've got the water-borne equivalent. These guys cruise around the inshore areas, the marinas and Poole harbour and if you fancy a ice-cream just wave!

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  • southampton

    in the town center of Southampton there is a huge shopping center/mall with manny many shops, from hotel chocolate to clothes , shoes etcgreat for a rainy day and only 20 min from Bournemouth

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Bournemouth Local Customs

  • Beach huts

    You’ll find these down on the beach. Strange but true.An old British tradition, going back over 100 years when going to the seaside first caught on. As you’ll see from the photos, some are not much more than the shed you keep the garden tools in. Others seem a bit more spacious. Yes, you use them to change in when you come to the beach. I suppose...

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  • Stag and Hen Parties

    Bournemouth for some reason has become the South Coast's Mecca for stag and hen parties. It's a "Chicken and Egg" thing as to how it became so - one factor must the availability of cheap hotel rooms out-of-season. The town centre has evolved in recent years to offer a lively bar and club scene and as the university and language schools have...

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  • Lifeguards Go Green

    Bournemouth, and its neighbouring beaches, are extremely well patrolled by the RNLI's lifeguards who provide the service at no charge to the beach users. The RNLI is mostly funded by public donations and provide a full-range of emergency and other coastal services.It's also good to see that they now use solar panels to power their communications...

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Bournemouth Warnings and Dangers

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    by MELICHKA Updated Jul 11, 2006

    Be wary of the many beggars etc while walking about..Although most are pretty genuine & nice & i dont mind giving a £1 too..some are really quite agressive & drunk & if they dont get what they want & tend to shout something at you if they dont get anything from you..

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Bournemouth Tourist Traps

  • Bournemouth Pier

    The first pier in Bournemouth was a short wooden jetty that was finished in 1856. This was changed into a much longer wooden pier, planned by George Rennie, which opened on 17th September 1861 amid much pomp & ceremony, including a 21 gun salute. Costing the Bournemouth Board of Commissioners some £3,418 to build, it was decided to charge an annual...

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  • Bournemouth Pier

    The first pier in Bournemouth was a short wooden jetty that was finished in 1856. This was changed into a much longer wooden pier, planned by George Rennie, which opened on 17th September 1861 amid much pomp & ceremony, including a 21 gun salute. Costing the Bournemouth Board of Commissioners some £3,418 to build, it was decided to charge an annual...

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  • The Dorset Belles

    The boat cruising business with a reputation of tradition, experience & a record of safety for over 100 YEARS You can see glorious coastal & harbour cruises, regular scheduled services linking Bournemouth ~ Swanage ~ Poole Quay, Brownsea Island ~ Isle of WightThe boat’s can offer partie's, coperate entertainment, wedding receptions, disco's, themed...

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Bournemouth What to Pack

  • Bikini and wellies

    The weather in Bournemouth is as unpredictable as the rest of the UK.Pack your swimsuits and a brolly, sunglasses and a raincoat, a jumper and shorts.Basically, be prepared for anything.If you are going clubbing / pubbing, pack a pair of shoes and something other then blue jeans. Some places and quite strict on the casual look at...

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  • Clubbin essentails

    Bring as much as you like or as little as you like as there are lots of shops for shopping. Depends on what time of year you are coming, in winter it gets cold and wet.In summer it can get hot but bring a light jacket.For eveing wear girls bring what you like but fellas smart casuals and shoes , Most of the little stores sell all types of...

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Bournemouth Off The Beaten Path

  • The resting place of Mary Shelley and...

    Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein and is also buried at St peters church in Bournemouth. The tomb also contains the remains of Shelley's husband's heart. While living in Italy, Mary's husband drowned in a boating accident in 1822. The rule was, if your body was washed ashore, you were cremated there on the beach due to quarantine laws. But as the...

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  • Beren House & Luthien House

    One major reason for me to travel to Bournemouth was that it has a strong Tolkien connection. J.R.R. Tolkien and his wife holidayed in Bournemouth for about twenty-years, before they finally bought a bungalow to have a permanent home here, after Tolkien had retired from his professor's chair in Oxford. Strictly speaking, the house was located in...

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  • Hotel Miramar

    During my stay in Bournemouth, I of course looked for the hotel where the Tolkiens used to stay over many years. It is the Hotel Miramar, located at the East Cliff, a beautiful location nearly overlooking the sea and close to a ZigZag Way, so that you can be on the beach within a few minutes.I went looking for the hotel during my first afternoon in...

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Bournemouth Sports & Outdoors

  • AFC Bournemouth

    Name AFC Bournemouth Nickname The Cherries Stadium The Ken Dando Stadium League Play In Football League One Honours Home Kit Red and black shirts, black shorts, black socks Away Kit Light and dark blue shirts, shorts and socks To watch the match the only equipment you really need is a good strong voice to sing your...

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  • active fun

    Littledown leisure centre is good forSwimming / keep fit/ gym/ sunas/tennis. Also in summer their is an out door paddling pool for the little ones as well as a park. general gym stuff or swim wear depends on what activety you want to do.

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  • Read about Bournemouth's history

    In the shop of the Russell-Cotes Museum, there were several books I found very interesting. I also discovered one titled Bournemouth's Founders and Famous Visitors, written by Andrew Norman. Of course I immediately thought of Tolkien, and after checking that a chapter about him was indeed featured in the book, I just HAD to buy it :-) The book has...

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  • Literary Bournemouth

    Reading the book Bournemouth's Founders and Famous Visitors, I was surprised to find out about so many writers having a connection to the town. I had never heard about this before I read the book. I think it is a pity that the Bournemouth executives don't try to make more of this literary heritage!Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, is buried...

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  • Memories of Australia...

    My first afternoon in Bournemouth was very sunny and warm. Everything looked bright and golden. The sunshine, the sea, and the palm trees... I just couldn't help it - it reminded me of Australia so much!Another factor supporting this was the design of the town - straight streets, lots of roundabouts, and many white buildings from the 19th century...

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