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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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £88 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
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 (939 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! (514 reviews)
"Very friendly staff"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2021

The Orchid Hotel
Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth
Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth
3.5 out of 5
Upper Terrace Road, Bournemouth, England
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £179 per night from 25 Jul to 25 Jul
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! (982 reviews)
"Location perfect loverly clean Hotel with modern rooms."

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2021

Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth
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The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
2.5 out of 5
Willow House Caravan Park, Wigginton Road, York, England
The price is £60 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Situated in York, this spa cabin is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Yearsley Pool and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Bootham Crescent Stadium. York Minster and Shambles are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (41 reviews)
"Quaint, clean, private, and surrounded by nature. A perfect place for a relaxing getaway."

Reviewed on 30 May 2021

The Little Hide - Grown Up Glamping
SACO Bath - St James's Parade
SACO Bath - St James's Parade
4 out of 5
The price is £120 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Located in Bath City Centre, this eco-friendly apartment building is steps away from SouthGate Bath, Thermae Bath Spa and Roman Baths. Theatre Royal Bath and ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (715 reviews)
"Spacious apartment with very good, spotless kitchen facilities; excellent central location close to station and large public carpark. I would definitely book here again."

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2021

SACO Bath - St James's Parade
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
4 out of 5
Paragon Street, York, England
The price is £118 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in York, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of York Barbican, Jorvik Viking Centre and York Castle Museum. York Dungeon and York Grand Opera ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,066 reviews)
"The hotel had a great location, ten minute walk to most attractions. Staff were excellent. We had an accessible room fir my husband. Would not book an accessible room again as in the 5th floor and away at back through 2 other doors, not ideal in an emergency. Next time will book a normal ground floor ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2021

Staycity Aparthotels Barbican Centre
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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