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Bournemouth

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Bournemouth featuring hiking or walking, heritage elements and tranquil scenes

With seven miles of award winning golden sandy beaches, Bournemouth has a holiday atmosphere all year round.

With boutique hotels and B&Bs attracting more visitors each year, and with plenty to see and do in this gorgeous Dorset seaside town, there’s no shortage of reasons to visit Bournemouth.

Bournemouth’s award winning gardens are split into three areas of Victorian beauty. The Lower Gardens adjacent to the sea, the Central Gardens within the town centre and the picturesque Upper Gardens. The Lower Gardens contain the iconic Bournemouth Balloon, a great place to sightsee, if you have a head for heights.

You may want to visit Bournemouth during one of its many festivals, or enjoy it in the off season and avoid the festival crowds. Notable Bournemouth festivals include the Bournemouth Air Festival, the Bournemouth Bay Run and the annual Food & Drink Festival. A visit to one of these festivals will help contribute to your overall Bournemouth experience.

Take the family to Oceanarium, a great place to visit with lots of animals to discover, including sharks, turtles and otters. With knowledgeable and entertaining visitor guides available to take you around, you’re bound to have a brilliant and educational day out here.

Dorset

Take the opportunity and use Bournemouth as a base to explore the rest of Dorset. Dorset is a county of great beauty; one of the many maritime counties in Southern England located along the English Channel. The Dorset coastline stretches as far as Lyme Regis in the west and Christchurch in the east.

If you are a fan of great literature you will be interested to know that Dorset is the birth place of Thomas Hardy and also his final resting place. Lyme Regis was also a favourite holiday haunt of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Explore Hardy Country

Visitors to Dorset can take in Thomas Hardy country, located within the Dorset Hills. Follow Thomas Hardy’s story from his place of birth, his home and then onto his final resting place. Along the way you will see the landscapes and see what inspired Thomas Hardy in his writing.

Take a Step Back in Time

Located in Bovington is the incredible Tank Museum: a collection of armoured vehicles that includes everything from the first tanks ever built to the latest heavily armoured vehicles. It really is like taking a walk through history. The collection tells the story of armoured warfare from the First World War to the present day. Aside from the vehicles there are talking heads giving first-hand accounts from those who fought in them.

Sculpture by the Lakes in Dorchester is also well worth a visit. The lakes are tranquil and beautiful, with stunning sculptures to match. With picnic areas available, take the opportunity to spend the day relaxing in these incredible surroundings.

Where to stay in Bournemouth

Royal Bath Hotel & Spa Bournemouth
Royal Bath Hotel & Spa Bournemouth
4 out of 5
Bath Road, Bournemouth, England
The price is £87 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in Bournemouth City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum and Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre. Bournemouth ...
2.8/5 (933 reviews)
"We were upgraded to a room with a sea view, it was amazing"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2021

Royal Bath Hotel & Spa Bournemouth
The Orchid Hotel
The Orchid Hotel
4 out of 5
34 Gervis Road, Bournemouth, England
The price is £225 per night from 12 Aug to 12 Aug
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 ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (517 reviews)
"The room was nice and clean, plenty of mirrors (for some reason hotels love to have one mirror in the most awkward place), plug sockets in convenient places and most importantly air-con which was great as the weather was super hot. Bed was nice and comfy too."

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2021

The Orchid Hotel
Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth
Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth
3.5 out of 5
Upper Terrace Road, Bournemouth, England
The price is £195 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Located in Bournemouth City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bournemouth Lower Gardens, Bournemouth International Centre and Bournemouth Pavillion ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)
"Sitatuated in a quiet location, but still near enough to the beach and town centre"

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2021

Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth
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St Michaels Road
St Michaels Road
3.5 out of 5
Flat 1, 32 St Michaels Road, Bournemouth, England
Located in Bournemouth City Centre, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth Beach and Bournemouth ...
St Michaels Road
Deluxe Studio FOR 2 Central Near THE Beach
Deluxe Studio FOR 2 Central Near THE Beach
6 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, ENG
Located in Bournemouth City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Bournemouth Natural Science Society, Bournemouth Beach and Bournemouth ...
Deluxe Studio FOR 2 Central Near THE Beach
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. Bournemouth Pavillion ...
Sea Breeze
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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