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O2 Academy Bournemouth

Spend an evening watching a big-name music act or attend a club night or sports event at this live performance venue, housed in a historic building.

The O2 Academy Bournemouth is one of the leading performance venues in the city. It has a focus on live music but also hosts other kinds of events. Come here in the evening to take in a show in beautiful surroundings, in the grand main space of a historic Grade II-listed building. 

The building that now houses the O2 Academy Bournemouth started out life as a theater. Work began on the building in 1894 and the venue opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1895. At that time it was known as The Grand Theatre and Pavilion. Stand in the spectacular interior space and imagine what it would have looked like in those early days, when everyone from circus acts to stars of silent film performed here. 

Over the following decades, the building was reinvented as the Boscombe Grand Theatre Music Hall, the Boscombe Hippodrome (also a music hall), Royal Arcade Ballrooms, Tiffany’s Disco, The Academy and the Opera House. It has spent time as an award-winning nightclub and a performance venue of all kinds. Visit it today to get a sense of the strong musical roots that have shaped this building from the start. 

Since 2006, the building has been the O2 Academy. It has hosted some of the biggest names in music, with previous acts including the likes of Florence and the Machine, Queens of the Stone Age, Rita Ora and Jessie J, among many others. The venue is also an atmospheric space for club nights, and sometimes hosts sports events too. Check what is on before you visit, and book tickets well in advance.

Get the bus from central Bournemouth to Boscombe to reach the O2 Academy Bournemouth within around 20 minutes. Alternatively, choose to make the journey on foot, taking the scenic route along the coast. This will take you around 40 minutes or so. 


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    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Bournemouth City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bournemouth Lower Gardens, Bournemouth International Centre and Bournemouth Beach. Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre and O2 Academy Bournemouth are also within 3 miles (5 km). Bournemouth Station is 27 minutes by foot.

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    The Ravensbourne Hotel

    17 Westby Road, Bournemouth, England
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth Beach and O2 Academy Bournemouth. Bournemouth International Centre and Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre are also within 3 miles (5 km). Pokesdown for Boscombe Station is 15 minutes by foot and Bournemouth Station is 27 minutes.

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      The Coach House

      The Coach House

      The Coach House, 571 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, England
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the beach, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Boscombe Chine Gardens Mini Golf Course, Bournemouth Beach and O2 Academy Bournemouth. Bournemouth International Centre and Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre are also within 3 miles (5 km). Pokesdown for Boscombe Station is 15 minutes by foot and Bournemouth Station is 24 minutes.

        The Strand Hotel £52
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        The Strand Hotel

        19 Westby Road, Bournemouth, England
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Bournemouth, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth Beach, and O2 Academy Bournemouth. Bournemouth International Centre and Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre are also within 3 miles (5 km). Pokesdown for Boscombe Station is 15 minutes by foot and Bournemouth Station is 28 minutes.

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          Boscombe Reef Hotel

          15 Westby Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, England
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth Beach and O2 Academy Bournemouth. Bournemouth International Centre and Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre are also within 3 miles (5 km). Pokesdown for Boscombe Station is 15 minutes by foot and Bournemouth Station is 27 minutes.

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            Sandy Bay Guest House

            3 Westby Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth Beach and O2 Academy Bournemouth. Bournemouth International Centre and Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre are also within 3 miles (5 km). Pokesdown for Boscombe Station is 16 minutes by foot and Bournemouth Station is 27 minutes.

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              Guest House Biplan

              12 Westby Road, Bournemouth, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated by the sea, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth Beach and O2 Academy Bournemouth. Bournemouth International Centre and Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre are also within 3 miles (5 km). Pokesdown for Boscombe Station is 15 minutes by foot and Bournemouth Station is 27 minutes.

                Urban Beach Hotel £94
                Urban Beach Hotel

                Urban Beach Hotel

                23 Argyll Road, Bournemouth, England
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the sea, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of O2 Academy Bournemouth and Boscombe Pier. Bournemouth Beach and Bournemouth Pavillion Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Pokesdown for Boscombe Station is 18 minutes by foot and Bournemouth Station is 26 minutes.