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Destinations > UK > South > Bournemouth guide

Bournemouth is a great destination, there are so many activities and events to enjoy. The whole area that surrounds Bournemouth is packed with interesting historical houses, gardens, ancient castles, family attraction and entertainment. All of which are set in beautiful surroundings of the coast or countryside, making it ideal weather you want to have busy filed days or take it easy and relax, it is easy to do both. Bournemouth is a town devoted to the holidaymaker, with superb sands.

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Royal Manor Theater
Location: 138a Fortuneswell, Portland
Telephone: (Portland) 860 792

Shaftesbury Arts Center
Location: 13 Bell Street, Shaftesbury
Telephone: (Shaftesbury) 854 321

Tivoli Theatre
Location: 19-23 West Borough, Winnborne
Telephone: (Winnborne) 848 014

Weymouth Pavillion Theatre
Location: The Esplanade, Weymouth
Telephone: (Weymouth) 783 225

The Mayfield Gallery
Location: 907 Wimborne Road
Telephone: 01202 519 044

Dorset Gallery
Location: 13b North Street, Wareham
Telephone: (Wareham) 554 355

Courtenay's Fine Art
Location: 11 Westbourne Arcade
Telephone: 01202 764 884



The Blue Pool
Here you can explore and enjoy the pine trees, lake, wildlife and beautiful views of the Purbeck Hills.
Location: Off the A351 Wareham to Swanage
Telephone: 01929 551 408

Compton Acres Gardens
Enjoy gardens from around the world in this amassing collection of nine different gardens overlooking Poole Harbor and the Purbeck Hills.
Location: Canford Cliffs Road, Poole
Telephone: 01202 700 778

Kingstone Maurward Gardens
Site and relax by the shores of a 5 acre lake in the midst of 35 acres of gardens.
Location: Dorchester
Telephone: 01305 215 000

Osborne House
This historical home was once the retreat of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Explore the splendor of the staterooms and discover the family life of Queen Victoria.
Location: 1 mile South East of East Cowes
Telephone: 01983 200 022

Carisbrooke Castle
Once the home of Lords and Royalty, this fortified defense castle stand at the hart of the Isle of Wight.
Location: 1 ¼ South West of Newport
Telephone: 01983 522 107

Royal Armouries
One of the best collections of artillery in the world, some dating from 1450 AD.
Location: Portsdown Hill, Fareham
Telephone: 01329 233 734

Parnham House and Gardens
On excellent location to feel as if you are getting away from it all. A magnificently restored Tudor Manor House, furniture making workshop, plus an internationally renowned school for young designers.
Location: Parnham, Beaminster, Dorset
Telephone: 01308 862 204



There is a good range of clubs to choice from and more on offer than are listed below, it is best to telephone to find out if the club caters for your musical tastes.

Location: 15 Holdenhurst Road
Telephone: 01202 555 595

Bla - Bla
Location: 156-158 Old Christchurch Road
Telephone: 01202 295 486

Location: 1 Yelverton Road
Telephone: 01202 295 300

Triangle Night Club
Location: 30 The Triangle
Telephone: 01202 297 607

Location: 45 Poole Hill
Telephone: 01202 557 006

Opera House
Location: 570 Christchurch Road
Telephone: 01202 399 922

Berlin's Fun Bar
Location: St Peters Hall, Hinton Road
Telephone: 01202 554 034



Bournemouth is with out a doubt a watersports center, you can enjoy almost all watersports activities that you can imagine, from surfing to jet skiing and of course simply swimming in the sea. There are also many walks and cycle roots to enjoy in the whole area, with an array of different scenery's to enjoy, from the sea coast to the inland countryside.



There are many places to drink in Bournemouth with differing venues ranging from a quite drink in relaxed friendly atmosphere to more lively bars with live music. Listed below is a small selection of what is on offer.

The Tapp and Hobbit
Location: 23-27 Bourne Avenue
Telephone: 01202 290 753

The White Houres Inn
Location: 947 Christchurch Road
Telephone: 01202 425 268

Location: 316 Holdenhurst Road
Telephone: 01202 396 673

Location: 8 Westover Road
Telephone: 01202 314 566

Location: 241 Castle Lane West
Telephone: 01202 512 708

Daisy O'Briens
Location: 75 Old Christchurch Road
Telephone: 01202 290 002

River Park Family Inn
Location: 218 Christchurch Road
Telephone: 01202 578 911

Yates Wine Lodge
Location: 2 Dean Park Crescent
Telephone: 01202 298 612

Firefly & Firkin
Location: 38 Holdenhurst Road
Telephone: 01202 293 569




John B's
Location: 20 High Street, Poole
Telephone: 01202 672 440

Bistro Bon Ami
Location: 199 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth
Telephone: 01202 553 353


Romanzo Greek Taverna
Location: 87 Poole Road, Westbourne, Bournemouth
Telephone: 01202 761 070


The Indian Palace Restaurant
Location: 77 Ringwood Road, Verwood, Dorset
Telephone: 01202 813 017

Bournemouth Tandoori
Location: 8 Holdhurst Road, Bournemouth
Telephone: 01202 296 204


Location: Exeter Road, Bournemouth
Telephone: 01202 293 332

La Bussola
Location: 14 Poole Hill, Bournemouth
Telephone: 01202 293 064

La Gondola Ristorante
Location: 9-10 Lansowne House, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth
Telephone: 01202 558 079


Salathai Restaurant
Location: 1066 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth
Telephone: 01202 420 772


Taylors Restaurant
Location: 121 Belle Vue Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth
Telephone: 01202 420 600

Salad Center
Location: 667 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth
Telephone: 01202 393 673



Bournemouth is great for shopping, there is everything from high street names to unusual gifts and souvenirs. Wonder around the main streets or along the sea front for some excellent bargains and gifts. The surrounding towns and villages are also good for shopping or simply relaxing and wondering around the town themselves.




Bournemouth has it own International Airport just a short drive from the center. The nearest larger airport is Gatwick.


The A35, A338, A27 and A31 all give good access to Bournemouth by car. Once in Bournemouth there are car parks around the town, so there is little stress of finding places to park.


National Express Coach services have a wide UK service. They have many pick up points and destinations, and run regularly from London Victoria to Bournemouth and other areas of the UK to Bournemouth.
Telephone: National Express - 0990 80 80 80


There are main line services to Bournemouth from London and the surrounding area, with good connections if there is no direct train. Bournemouth is well serviced by trains and it is easy to travel to many destinations.
National Rail Enquiery Telephone: 0345 48 49 50


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