10 Things to Do in Bournemouth That You Shouldn't Miss

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.

1. Bournemouth Beach

Bournemouth, England Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Beaches
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 8155 reviews

Bournemouth Beach

Reviewed By Lukajoreb - The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, United KingdomThe Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom

Fantastic

Our first visit to Bournemouth. We walked the whole way to Hengistbury Head and the beach never lost its quality . Fantastically well maintained and a real credit to the the local councils.

2. Hengistbury Head Beach

Bournemouth BH6 4EN, England Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Beaches, Nature & Wildlife Areas More
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 2157 reviews

Hengistbury Head Beach

Reviewed By Silverfoxmentor - Aylesbury, United KingdomAylesbury, United Kingdom

Worth the walk from the car park but you can ferry

An excellent couple of miles walk to overlook Mudeford over the top with excellent views over the whole area including Christchurch.The beach huts overlooking the bay near Mudeford are worth a look and there are bars and restaurants at the end for a mid w

Promenade East Cliff, Bournemouth BH1 3AA, England Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites, Art Museums More
Excellent
72%
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4.5 based on 1983 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 Alice56Hampshire - HampshireHampshire

Great art and beautiful house.

This gallery is a beautiful place to see a range of Victorian art. It's housed is a mansion and the former owner's collection of treasures from around the world is also available for visitors to see. In summary - great art, great cake and coffee, and grea

4. Alum Chine Beach

Bournemouth, England Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 354 reviews

Alum Chine Beach

Reviewed By england77822 - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom

Great dog Friendly sandy beach with childrens play area

Really nice beach and play area for the children withpublic toilets next to the entrance from a smallish car parkthere is a resturaunt with a takeaway area on the seafrontit has a good path along the beach for people who are less mobiledogs are allowed bu

5. Lower Gardens

Exeter Crescent and Gervis Place, Bournemouth, England Nature & Parks, Gardens
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 1895 reviews

Lower Gardens

Reviewed By Lizzy_lu123 - Sheffield, United KingdomSheffield, United Kingdom

Lovely gardens

We love walking through the beautiful gardens when ever we visit and this visit was no acceptation. The gardens are still beautifully maintained, the stream is nice and clean and the mini golf is great! We also like to walk up to the aviary to see the bir

6. Oceanarium

| Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA, England Nature & Parks, Zoos & Aquariums, Outdoor Activities
Excellent
34%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
6%
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4 based on 2763 reviews

Oceanarium

The Oceanarium is the perfect all weather attraction - discover the mysterious beauty of our watery world in a spectacular underwater journey. From stunning sharks, curious rare green sea turtles and brightly coloured clownfish, to menacing piranhas, venomous lionfish and the weirdly wonderful octopus – they are all waiting to be discovered!Experience the world's first virtual Interactive Dive Cage and take a magnificent adventure without getting wet.... Then discover the interactive Global Meltdown to unveil the potential effects of climate change. Be enchanted by two very cute Oriental small clawed otters, watch them swim, splash, feed and play in their exotic, naturally themed oasis.Open daily from 10am. Closing times vary throughout the year – please check before visiting. Closed Christmas Day. Tickets valid all day with nine daily feeding presentations.Book tickets online to make great savings.

Reviewed By Dawn H - New Romney, United KingdomNew Romney, United Kingdom

Ok but not as good as Torquey

Enjoyed it but not as much there or as big as some of the others we have visited. The meerkat were cute.Hi Dawn, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit.We are smaller than other aquariums, but we still have lots of amazing animal's to s

7. Southbourne Beach

Boscombe Promenade, Bournemouth, England Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Beaches
Excellent
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4.5 based on 175 reviews

Southbourne Beach

Reviewed By places2seeplaces2go - England, United KingdomEngland, United Kingdom

Beach Rejuvenation Work

In view of other reviewers writing numerous reviews on the same places I though I would add a few new comments. Southbourne Beach is between Boscombe & Hengistbury Head beaches.At the moment around "Bistro On The beach" area there lots & lots of benchwork

8. Boscombe Pier

Undercliff Drive, Bournemouth BH5 1BN, England Sights & Landmarks, Piers & Boardwalks
Excellent
40%
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34%
Satisfactory
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4 based on 386 reviews

Boscombe Pier

Reviewed By Barry S - St. Albans, United KingdomSt. Albans, United Kingdom

Boscombe pier

This pier is beautifully situated to sit and enjoy lovely views either side of the lovely sandy beach and views out to the coastline. Plenty of food outlets and toilets. Near to town and the Oceanarium.

9. Bournemouth International Centre

Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5BH, England Traveler Resources, Conference & Convention Centers
Excellent
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4 based on 1223 reviews

Bournemouth International Centre

Set in the heart of Bournemouth, with panoramic views across the bay, Bournemouth International Centre is the South Coast's premier conference, exhibition, entertainment, and hospitality venue, with licensed capacity for up to 10,000 visitors. Four main halls and a variety of smaller meeting and hospitality areas can be blended and scaled to host events such as multi-hall conferences, exhibitions, banquets, meetings, music concerts, dance and comedy performances. Cafes, bars, a seasonal ice and roller rinks and art exhibition space also feature at the venue - see website for details

Reviewed By SirRich128 - Trowbridge, United KingdomTrowbridge, United Kingdom

Venue fo a show by Professor Brian Cox

Went there for a show by Professor Brian Cox. The show was fantastic and the seating was comfortable and the temperature was comfortable. Good venue. The car parking was fine despite reading previous reviews that the spaces were small. I didn't have a pro

10. Bournemouth Pier

Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA, England Sights & Landmarks, Piers & Boardwalks
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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3.5 based on 2007 reviews

Bournemouth Pier

Reviewed By Alice56Hampshire - HampshireHampshire

Great to see Bournemouth and to watch the surfers.

We went to Bournemouth when the wind was really blowing! The sea as choppy and surfers were catching waves, so we went of the pier for a better look. We enjoyed a half an hour or so out of the wind (it was very windy on the other side) and watching the su

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