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Holidays in Bournemouth

Bournemouth holidays: cosmopolitan living in a bustling seaside town

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Bournemouth beach

With seven miles of golden sand and an eclectic centre, Bournemouth is a hugely popular coastal resort. Set east of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Bournemouth is the perfect base for anyone wishing to explore Dorset’s incredible coastline. For those wishing to indulge in a spot of retail therapy or simply spend a day by the sea, Bournemouth has it all.

For avid ramblers and adventurers the town is perfectly situated to enjoy some of the best coastal walks in England. For a lengthy walk, try the 6-mile route along the coast to Hengistbury Head. This dramatic headland and is a fine example of the rugged Dorset coast. The peaceful sand and shingle beach makes the ideal spot for a picnic. For families, the sandy Bournemouth Beach is a popular choice. Other beaches include East Cliff, Alum Chine and West Cliff. A 45-minute drive from the town centre will lead you to Studland, the start of the Jurassic Coast. Explore the geological marvel that is Old Harry Rocks as you meander along coastline. If you’d like to stay closer to the town, there are plenty of walks around Bournemouth and neighbouring Poole.

Bournemouth Pier

This bustling resort has plenty to see and do for all types of holidays. Families can enjoy a trip to Monkey World, Oceanarium or Bournemouth Pier for some traditional arcade games, while groups and couples can explore Bournemouth’s exciting nightlife. Art enthusiasts should pay a visit to the Russell-Cotes Gallery which holds fascinating exhibitions throughout the year.

“With seven miles of golden sand and a cosmopolitan centre, Bournemouth is hugely popular.”

Just 15 minutes from Bournemouth, you’ll find the unique town of Christchurch. Set on the shores of its own natural harbour, Christchurch is a tranquil town, idyllically situated on the edge of the New Forest National Park. History buffs should visit the ruins of Christchurch Castle . The ruins were once part of a large Norman castle which dominated the town.

With an eclectic range of contemporary and traditional eateries, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out. Da Mario is a renowned pizzeria, serving traditional wood-fired pizzas topped with parmigiano, goats cheese, salami, gorgonzola and other mouth-watering ingredients. For lunch with a view over Bournemouth’s spectacular beach, head to Urban Reef. Sample some fresh seafood such as Dorset Rock oysters, or Dorset duck egg with Dorset feta baked in rich tomato and pepper sauce, coriander and olive oil yoghurt, and flat bread. If you’d rather sit outside on the pier to watch the world go by, grab a bite from Alfie's Fish and Chips.

If you’re venturing out of the area, Bournemouth is close to Poole, Christchurch and Corfe Castle.

While you’re there

Hot Rocks

Hot Rocks is a trendy restaurant popular for its wide range of dishes.

Oceanarium Bournemouth

An award-winning magical under-water wonderland, where you can discover the mysterious beauty of our seas.

Boscombe Beach

Boscombe Beach is home to the first artificial surf reef in Europe.

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