Visiting Bournemouth - What to See and Do
The seaside town of Bournemouth boasts seven miles of sandy beaches, which are some of the cleanest in England. The resort stretches between Lymington and Poole harbour and is a top summer visitor destination. Its beaches and sheltered bathing waters combine to make the perfect environment for paddling, swimming and building sandcastles, making it a firm family favourite.
The town is also known for its lovely manicured public gardens and its historic pier.Bournemouth offers plenty in the way of entertainment, from cosy traditional pubs, decent restaurants and bars to nightclubs and live music venues.
Ten things you must do in Bournemouth
- Picnic at Bournemouth's marvellous Pleasure Gardens, with their colourful blooms, ponds and aviaries.
- Experience the magic of the Alison in Wonderland Family Park, inspired by Lewis Carroll's famous story, the park is a great family attraction.
- Take a walking tour of Bournemouth, a great way to see Bournemouth's historic attractions and landmarks.
- Enjoy a performance at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre, which attracts some famous celebrities and is housed in an impressive building.
- Explore Poole Quay, Brownsea Island, the Isle of Wight or Swanage on a boat excursion from Bournemouth Pier.
- Catch a film, enjoy dinner or play in the large arcade at the Bournemouth Sheridan IMAX Cinema complex.
- Get a bird's eye view of Bournemouth from the Bournemouth Eye, a huge helium-filled balloon that carries passengers about 490 feet above ground in an enclosed basket.
- Check out the collection of Oriental art and keepsakes at the Russel-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, which also commands excellent views of Poole Bay.
- Head to one of Bournemouth's clean sandy beaches for some seaside fun, with Alum Chine, Durley Chine and Southbourne being among the most popular.
- Take the kids to Bournemouth Oceanarium, a family favourite complete with large aquariums and an underwater viewing tunnel.