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Its seafront location coupled with a plethora of outdoor activity opportunities makes Bournemouth a tourism hotspot in southern England.

Bournemouth is home to five Blue Flag beaches, each offering clean sands, clear waters and lots of things to do. Alum Chine Beach is popular with families while Durley Chine Beach is favoured by dog owners. At Hengistbury Head Beach, you can relax on the sandy areas or take leisurely strolls along walking paths that offer fabulous views of the coastline. Further along the shore is Boscombe Beach, where the iconic Bournemouth Pier is located. Other beaches to visit are Southbourne, Manor Steps and Fisherman's Walk.

Add a cultural touch to your Bournemouth holiday by visiting one of the many museums located in and around the city. Spend a few hours admiring Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian art at Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum. Bournemouth International Centre nearby is also known to host temporary art exhibitions. You can head to Bournemouth Natural Science Society to explore a wide range of plant, animal and archaeological displays. Bournemouth Aviation Museum and Poole Museum are other noteworthy museums to visit in the area.

When you visit Bournemouth, you’ll find it quite easy to stay fit and active. Easy access to the water means you can enjoy surfing, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and jet skiing here. Golf courses, tennis courts and sports centres can also be found aplenty. You can even go hiking and cycling along the city's scenic coastal routes.


From £105 per night

Next weekend

From £370 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency GBP
Language English
Average weekend price £127 per night
Average weekday price £126 per night
Typical stay 2 nights

Bournemouth reviews

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Bournemouth has changed over the years .

6 August 2022

Bournemouth has changed over the years .. But it's definitely hustling and bustling with plenty of activities for everyone.. Lots of restaurants cafes and bar to suit everyone's needs..shops to do obligatory shopping while away.. Lots of friendly staff and great services.. Of transport too..

cherrie United Kingdom

The traffic is fast and furious and it is difficult to get...

6 August 2022

The traffic is fast and furious and it is difficult to get to the centre and park if you don't know your way. Once you get into the central carpark you find that it is pricey. The centre by the pier is noisy and feels dirty. Better to get out to the beaches by Durley Chine or Southbourne where there is free parking on the street. There is a good walk all along the cliff-top and it would be best to use this walk to get to the centre and the pier. The Russell Cotes Gallery is on this walk and has a good cafe.

Alan United Kingdom

Beautiful roads, very well kept gardens and plants.

6 August 2022

Beautiful roads, very well kept gardens and plants. Glorious beaches filled with happy people. Lots of toilet facilities, places to eat and transport. Friendly staff from the council everywhere all happy to help always. I’d love to move! My son had the best time just being around all the people.

Mercede United Kingdom

We liked the lovely garden, beach front walks.

5 August 2022

We liked the lovely garden, beach front walks. Great choices of restaurants to eat out. Seating area at the front around the tourist information centre needs a good jet wash on a regular basis as its dirty and stained with food and ice cream. Three static bins outside gents toilets on the front need a good clean as they have an awful smell and look like they haven't been used for sometime, if no longer used remove them very unsightly.

Dean United Kingdom

Was very pleased and surprised with how lovely the beaches...

3 August 2022

Was very pleased and surprised with how lovely the beaches were they were clean and lots of facilities and entertainment to do with the kids . A lot of bars and boat rides and sightseeing. The beach is very big and a lot of space and the water is clean . Would definitely go back with the family .

Joey United Kingdom

beautiful place good beaches Poole.

3 August 2022

beautiful place good beaches Poole.Weymouth and swanage near nice park and gardens lovely shops with restaurants everything there to enjoy a great break we have been coming to Bournemouth 3times a year for the last 10 years

patricia United Kingdom

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