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The largest resort in Dorset, Bournemouth boasts seven miles of sandy beaches, beautiful parks and gardens, as well as a vast array of shops, restaurants and holiday accommodation to suit all budgets.
You’re sure to find plenty of things to do while exploring with a wealth of attractions, activities, entertainment and adventure. With great shopping and eating out experiences as well as a programme of events all year round there’s something for everyone.
Enjoy Bournemouth’s buzzing nightlife with some of the best pubs, bars and clubs to be found along the south coast. The town also has a range of cinemas, a casino, bingo halls, comedy clubs, open mic nights and themed events at many of its hotels.
Beneath the magnificent cliffs you’ll find Bournemouth’s award winning beaches. Explore the world class seafront, from family attractions and a historic house-museum to picturesque walks and outdoor activities – as well as restaurants and bars – Bournemouth’s coastline is the jewel in its crown. For a warm welcome to the resort, head to Pier Approach and visit the award-winning Tourist Information Centre where our staff can help you make the most of your stay.
Beach huts are a very British tradition that actually originated in Bournemouth in 1908 - you can even rent the world’s oldest beach hut! Our beach huts and funky beach pods are available for daily or weekly hire and are ideal for taking in the stunning views and watching the world go by.
Hop on one of the land trains that run along the promenade eastwards towards Boscombe and westwards towards Alum Chine. Jump on one of our famous cliff lifts situated on the West Cliff and at Fisherman’s Walk in Southbourne.
Enjoy beautiful bay walks and breathtaking views from the cliff tops. Discover Hengistbury Head Nature Reserve to the east and the beautiful coastline heading west towards Alum Chine and its tropical gardens.
Take in some crisp sea air on a pier-to-pier walk along the promenade from Bournemouth to Boscombe Pier.
Just a short stroll from the beach and stretching 1.5 miles into the town centre lie Bournemouth’s grade-II listed Victorian gardens, home to a number of attractions including the art exhibition at Pine Walk, an aviary, the bandstand, an ornamental rockery and mini golf, as well as a selection of food and drink kiosks.
Don’t forget to visit the central and upper gardens too – a quiet haven in a cosmopolitan resort with a Gothic-style water tower, tree trail walk and pretty red bridges dotted over the Bourne stream.
The gardens host a variety of events throughout the year including candlelight nights in August and Arts by the Sea Festival held in October.
Enjoy an evening out with some live entertainment. Bournemouth has plenty for all you culture lovers with some of the best entertainment venues around. The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) and the Pavilion Theatre offer live entertainment from children’s shows and comedy to ballet and ice dancing. Pavilion Dance South West also offers classes and performances across a variety of traditional and contemporary dance genres.
Bournemouth is home to a variety of restaurants, cafes and bistros, from seafront eateries and award-winning fine dining to afternoon tea and international cuisine. Don’t forget to check out our seafood restaurants and try the local fish – a ‘must’ when visiting Dorset.
From beachfront hotels, national chains and family run guest accommodation to independent hotels, B&Bs and great self catering options, there is something for everyone.
Whatever the time of year and whatever the weather you won’t struggle to discover, experience and be inspired by the variety of activities and attractions on offer in Bournemouth.
There are plenty of family-friendly places to visit and you’ll also find arts and crafts activities at many of our attractions and activity centres.
Fancy trying a new activity or sport? How about zip-lining, golf, go-kart racing, dance, indoor laser tag and high-rope activities – you’ll be spoilt for choice!
The Bournemouth and Poole coast offers a fantastic range of watersports to try. Surfing, paddle-boarding, kayaking, sailing, jet-skiing and power-boating, to name a few.
For a more leisurely way to enjoy the breath taking coastal views, book a trip on a local boat cruise or hire a private charter for a day.
Bournemouth is also home to one of the UK’s most fascinating cultural attractions – the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is a treasure trove of paintings and artefacts from around the world.
Whatever the weather there is a great range of superb activities and attractions in and around Bournemouth to keep you entertained: historic houses, gardens, galleries, castles, museums, theatres, aquariums, indoor play centres, amusements, leisure centres, and waterparks, the choice is endless.
Bournemouth boasts a year-round programme of events, so whatever time of year you visit and whatever your interests, there’s always something to enjoy…
The award winning Bournemouth Air Festival is the highlight of the August event calendar offering four days and three nights of awesome entertainment and breath-taking air displays by the world’s greatest teams and pilots.
In October, time your visit to enjoy the Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival which is a rich mix of some of the best regional and national and international arts across dance, film, theatre, performance, visual arts, spoken word, literature and music.
Bournemouth at Christmas is very special and full of atmosphere with Christmas lights, the Christmas market, ice rink, festive fun, animated figures, decorations and festive events from mid November to the end of December.
Bournemouth has plenty for culture lovers with some of the best entertainment venues around – the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) and the Pavilion Theatre offer live entertainment all year round.
Thinking of visiting Bournemouth? For more information, visit the Bournemouth Tourism website.