Located just a stone's throw from the A338 and well served by rail links, Bournemouth is easily accessible, whatever your reason for visiting. Despite being a town, Bournemouth acts as Dorset's unofficial capital and attracts thousands of visitors each year. With seven miles of beautiful beaches and over 2000 acres of wonderful, wide-open spaces, Bournemouth offers a fabulous fusion of the best of both coast and countryside. Hotels in Bournemouth are as eclectic as the town itself, ranging from traditional seaside accommodation to boutique hotels and luxury, high-end establishments.
With beach breaks becoming popular among the rich, the 18th Century saw Bournemouth propelled into the public eye as one of the most sought-after destinations in the country - a reputation that still holds true today. As a consequence, many hotels are housed in Victorian buildings, such as the Wessex Hotel, situated right next to Bournemouth Beach.
In addition to the rolling sands and stunning countryside, Bournemouth has plenty of fascinating and entertaining attractions. For those with an interest in history, there is a good number of museums, such as the Bournemouth Aviation Museum and the characterful Russel-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum. Families will find it easy to find great days out, with attractions such as the Adventure Wonderland, Tower Park and the town's own Oceanarium virtually on your doorstep. Most of the hotels in Bournemouth are within easy reach of a local landmark or two; the Cottonwood Boutique Hotel is less than 10 minutes from the prestigious 02 Academy Bournemouth, where visitors can take in music, comedy and sporting events.
Eating out can be an integral part of time away and foodies won't have to look very far for somewhere good to eat. With supremely fertile soil and some of the cleanest seas in the UK, Bournemouth is a prime location for restaurants. However, it's worth remembering that many of Bournemouth's hotels, such as the Norfolk Hotel and the Royal Exeter Hotel, boast their own, serving exquisite dishes, created from locally-sourced ingredients and produce.
Whether you're visiting for an extended stay or passing through as part of a busy business itinerary, there's plenty of accommodation to choose from. Bournemouth is one of England's most picturesque and interesting towns and worth visiting at any time of year.