Things To Do
Experience a taste of the continent on the south coast of England. Nestled in a sheltered bay, Bournemouth’s seven miles of safe, sun-kissed beaches are perfect if you dream about long, lazy days by the sea.
Look beyond the award-winning golden sands and you’ll soon fall in love with the acres of beautiful gardens, top attractions, buzzing nightlife, breathtaking surrounding countryside and welcoming hospitality that attract both the young and young at heart.
Discover the mysteries of the deep at the Oceanarium or step back in time at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum.
After a full day’s sightseeing, unwind in an alfresco coffee shop or stroll through the delightful tranquillity of over 2000 acres of Victorian parks and gardens. At night, the town shimmers with glittering entertainment and star-studded shows. Victorian arcades, modern boutiques, unique gift shops, antique treasure troves and high street stores all rub shoulders on the streets of Bournemouth. The Castlepoint complex to the north of the town completes this shoppers’ paradise, with many big names stores under one roof.
Bournemouth is wonderfully situated as a base for exploration.
To the west, the World Heritage Jurassic coast offers breathtaking cliff formations and rugged scenery that amply reward the efforts of an invigorating walk or cycle.
Similarly absorbing is the serene New Forest, where you can wander among grazing ponies and stop for a Dorset cream tea.
Inland, the chocolate box cottages dotted throughout picturesque villages are simply stunning and a world away from the bustle of everyday life.
Spectacular firework displays, heritage fairs, classic car rallies, children’s festivals – there’s a packed calendar of events waiting for you in Bournemouth.
Other event highlights include the Wimborne Folk Festival, Great Dorset Steam Fair and Bournemouth Live! Music Festival.
Bournemouth’s Top Attractions
The Bournemouth Eye
The BIC and Pavilion
The Dorset Belles
The Russell-Cotes Gallery and Museum
Discover Dorset Tours
Bournemouth Surf Reef
Bournemouth Air Festival