Bournemouth is a large town on the south Coast of England. It has a population of 160,000 but it is still regarded as a town instead of a city which is unusual given its size. It is very popular amongst UK holidaymakers and boasts a lovely long sandy beach.
If you arrive into Bournemouth via the airport, then you can easily access a regular shuttle bus service directly into the town centre. Furthermore, if you wish to save your legs the Yellow Buses provide access to all main shopping areas in the town. If you have time to venture farther afield, then South West Trains facilitate the region.
The most popular feature of this town is its promenade. The coast line sits on the edge of the beautiful New Forest which is a large area of natural beauty. Even though the UK is not known as being the warmest holiday destination, during the summer months this region enjoys more than average hours of sunshine. The water is clean and shallow so it is the perfect spot for a nice picnic and a paddle.
The best places to enjoy the sea are Fisherman’s WalkHengistbury Head to mention but two. Don’t worry if you arrived a little unprepared, you can hire deck chairs and sunbeds in Bournemouth. The best way to reach the beach is from the cliff top. Either meander down the zig-zag paths or descend in style aboard one of the Victorian Cliff Lifts. Once down onto the beach, explore one of the longest beaches in the UK, and keep an eye out for the smugglers caves nestled in the rocks.
If you fancy a bit of greenery after all that sea air, head to Bournemouth Gardens. This is more than just a park. The garden is protected by the English Register of Parks and Gardens which helps it retain its original character. There are plenty of activities, including mini golf, a tennis court and an aviary. If you are lucky you may also catch one of the free concerts in the bandstand. Relax to the music while enjoying an ice cream!
For literature lovers, the next stop is an essential part of your Bournemouth itinerary. Yes, it is situated a little further away from Bournemouth (45 minutes) but the beautiful thatched cottage where Thomas Hardy was born is well worth the trip. Hardy wrote ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ while living there, and the cottage and gardens are an excellent example of quintessential cottage life.
Bournemouth plays host to many live music venues, from small acts to world-famous performers. Throughout the year, The Lighthouse, The BIC, Pavillion and O2 Academy show a wide variety or music, comedy and plays suitable for all tastes. Alternatively, enjoy a cosier atmosphere at one of the live events in a local pub.
Even though Bournemouth is by the sea, it has more to offer than fish and seaweed. As a highly popular tourist destination, the culinary options in Bournemouth are vast.
If you do fancy tasting the tradition fish and chips, look no further than Alfies Fish & Chips. Only a short walk from the beach, this no-frills café offers arguably the best fish and chips in the UK. The staff are friendly and the food is great value for money
This fine dining restaurant is very special and due to that very popular. If you are planning a memorable evening then try to book ahead as the space is limited. The menu is created from local produce and presented in a stylish manner. The A la Carte menu offers a range of dishes, including some delicious steaks. If you haven’t planned ahead and are lucky enough to find a free table during the day, Cliff Top Restaurant also offers a great breakfast
There are many accommodation option to choose from in Bournemouth, but here are two of our recommendations for your stay in the lovely seaside town:
This hotel is a class act. The spa hotel offers all the facilities you would expect– treatment rooms, indoor pool, sauna etc. In addition, the hotel is set in beautiful grounds, which include onsite parking. The rooms are traditionally decorated with a clean and stylish finish and the lounge and bar area make you feel at home, like you are relaxing in your own private study or library. Need we say more?
The minute your arrive at this hotel, you will realize how special it is. It is as close as you could possibly get to being on the beach, without feeling the sand in your toes. Plus, the cliff top view is spectacular. Like all Marriot Hotels the standard of the service and rooms is high. The communal areas are grand yet also welcoming and cosy. Relax in the wellness centre, or snuggle up in one of the arm chairs next to the window and wile away the hours with a book and admire the views