The 10 Best Things to Do in Bournemouth, United Kingdom (UK)

November 26, 2017 Velvet Champine

Bournemouth’s seven miles of beach and exceptionally warm microclimate make it a favorite of U.K. travelers. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re a watersports fanatic (try surfing lessons!) or just want to let your kids splash around in the calm waters. For a traditional Bournemouth vacation, rent a classic beach hut.
Restaurants in Bournemouth

1. Hengistbury Head Beach

Bournemouth BH6 4EN, England 01202 451618
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Hengistbury Head Beach

Reviewed By LSD3 - Kent

A great recommendation from a fantastic waitress at a hotel in Bournemouth
£1.50 to park for 2 hrs was fine for us
Walked down to the beach then up over the hill to come back spending 30 mins at the Visitor Centre which was very informative, especially for children
I’m pretty sure we’ll return

Promenade East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AA, England +44 1202 451858
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum

Private home of extensive travelers Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and his wife Lady Annie was one of the last Victorian manor houses ever built.

Reviewed By Rich52 - Leicester UK

Fabulous house on the cliff top full of amazing articles and decoration. The rooms are unbelievable !! A great visit !

3. Bournemouth Beach

Bournemouth, England
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Bournemouth Beach

Reviewed By killerwatts2018 - London, United Kingdom

Seven miles of sandy beach, ideal for families. However, in good weather, large numbers of undesirable people,ruining everyone's day. Thanks a lot Blair.

4. Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

Barn Cottage Hengistbury Head | Broadway, Bournemouth BH6 4EW, England +44 1202 451618
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 178 reviews

Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre

Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre is owned and run by Bournemouth Borough Council. It is the perfect place to learn about the historic Hengistbury Head, find out more about the wildlife and discover the many events held throughout the year for people of all ages.

Reviewed By DecorTK1 - Dorset

The centre is extremely well put together. Great educational centre giving the history & geology of the Head plus its flora & fauna. Fab for adults & children with lots to see & do. Wellstocked shop with quality gifts not tat. Beautifully developing garden which is a suntrap & peaceful oasis however busy the rest of the Head is. Further developments all the time plus walks, talks & a bunch of very enthusiastic workers & volunteers. Took me 15 years of living here before I wombled along to see what the fuss was about regarding Hengistbury & its views, amenities & general outdoor opportunities. I so get it now!!

5. Southbourne Beach

Boscombe Promenade, Bournemouth, England
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 127 reviews

Southbourne Beach

Reviewed By rayrest

Southbourne beach is up past Boscombe and near to Hengistbury, East of Bournemouth. Miles of endless golden Sands here and clean. It is a real hike from Bournemouth and you will need a car or to catch a bus up here. Some good veiws of the coastline.

6. Alum Chine Beach

Bournemouth, England
Excellent
74%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 259 reviews

Alum Chine Beach

Reviewed By SmilingSixties - Portsmouth, United Kingdom

the beach is great for all ages and has designated areas for dogs. It also allows cyclists, with restrictions on speed and timings during peak tourist months. There are several food outlets to satisfy your hunger. A very pleasant stroll with the option of wandering into Alum Chine woods as well.

7. Lower Gardens

Exeter Crescent and Gervis Place, Bournemouth, England
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Lower Gardens

Reviewed By CFDGS707 - Norwich, United Kingdom

Even in Winter with your cagoule flapping and the horizontal rain dribbling down your neck, this is a beautiful place. Leading up from the entrance to the pier, it has a little stream and rockeries etc. Very pleasant place in the centre of town.

8. Boscombe Chine Gardens

Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, England +44 1202 395094
Excellent
54%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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4.5 based on 193 reviews

Boscombe Chine Gardens

Reviewed By lwr-1600 - Salisbury, United Kingdom

this is an ideal way to get from the Bournemouth end of Boscombe down to the pier and Promenade. Lovely wide paths through the Gardens and great if you have children as there is no traffic .Loads of pathways to explore . It is a fairly steep slope coming back up to the town for the elderly.

9. Westbourne

Poole Road 17 Seamoor Road, Bournemouth BH4 9AA, England +44 844 357 0056
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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Terrible
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4.5 based on 231 reviews

Westbourne

Westbourne Urban Village is a unique shopping and food destination right in between Bournemouth & Poole. With a diverse selection of independent businesses you will find everything from fashion to food that you just won't find on the High Street.

Reviewed By rsmacdon - Toronto, Canada

A nice spot to the west of Bournemouth - a bit of higher-end shops (even has a Bang and Olufsen), a good sized M&S Simply Foods with it's own parking lot. The main attraction in this town, for most of us, is Chez Fred's fish n chips. They've also remodeled last year to expand and absorb the shop beside them. Excellent fish n chips.

10. St. Peter's Church

Hinton Road, Bournemouth BH1 2EE, England +44 1202 290986
Excellent
53%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 106 reviews

St. Peter's Church

Reviewed By i_tasker - uk

We explored this church and graveyard on a very cold February day. Quite fascinated by the history and the famous people associated with the church particularly Mary Shelley who we did not realise was from this area. Sadly we were just too late to use the café inside but it looked very good!

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