Bournemouth

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Bournemouth featuring hiking or walking, heritage elements and tranquil scenes

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

Hermitage Hotel OCEANA COLLECTION
Hermitage Hotel OCEANA COLLECTION
4 out of 5
Exeter Road, Bournemouth, England
The price is Rs3,466 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Located in Bournemouth City Centre, this beach hotel is steps away from Bournemouth International Centre and Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre. Bournemouth Beach ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (599 reviews)
"Close to beach and pier. Parking was expensive at £14 a day"

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2021

Hermitage Hotel OCEANA COLLECTION
Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth
Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth
3.5 out of 5
Upper Terrace Road, Bournemouth, England
The price is Rs7,450 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Located in Bournemouth City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bournemouth Lower Gardens and The Square. Bournemouth International Centre and Bournemouth ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (965 reviews)
"Really pretty and clean and such a good location."

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2021

Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth
Royal Exeter Hotel
Royal Exeter Hotel
3 out of 5
Exeter Road, Bournemouth, England
The price is Rs7,864 per night from 20 Oct to 20 Oct
Located in Bournemouth City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Bournemouth International Centre, Oceanarium and Bournemouth Lower Gardens. Bournemouth Pavillion ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (966 reviews)
"Parking very poor"

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2021

Royal Exeter Hotel
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St. Michael's Apartments
St. Michael's Apartments
3.5 out of 5
44 Saint Michael's Road, Bournemouth, England
The price is Rs7,388 per night from 21 Oct to 21 Oct
Located in Bournemouth City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of The Square, Bournemouth International Centre and Bournemouth Town Hall. ...
3.4/5 Good! (7 reviews)
"I’ve been to Bournemouth many times over the years and the Apartment location was ideal for the beach as it is a mile from Bournemouth Pier from the top of West Cliff but that was the best thing about it, along with the fact my kids had a bedroom instead of all being in the same room. I did have ..."

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2020

St. Michael's Apartments
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. Durley Chine ...
Sea Breeze
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 steps away from Boscombe Pier and Coastal Activity Park. Boscombe Beach and O2 Academy Bournemouth are also ...
Iona Holiday Flat
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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