Bournemouth Tourism

Visitor Information Bureau
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Look beyond the award-winning golden sands and you’ll soon fall in love with the acres of beautiful gardens, top attractions, buzzing nightlife, breathtaking surrounding countryside and welcoming hospitality that attract both the young and young at heart.

Try your hand at wake boarding, surfing or kayaking, or join a game of beach volleyball. Discover the mysteries of the deep at the Oceanarium or step back in time at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum.

After a full day’s sightseeing, unwind in an alfresco coffee shop or stroll through the delightful tranquillity of over 2000 acres of Victorian parks and gardens. At night, the town shimmers with glittering entertainment and star-studded West End shows.

Victorian arcades, modern boutiques, unique gift shops, antique treasure troves and high street stores all rub shoulders on the streets of Bournemouth. The Castlepoint complex to the north of the town completes this shoppers’ paradise, with many big names stores under one roof. When the time comes to recharge your batteries, you’ll have difficulty choosing between the mouth-watering array of global cuisine on offer in the town’s 250 restaurants and bistros.

If you’d rather people-watch over a drink, there are plenty of contemporary bars and nightclubs peppered throughout the town centre where you can chill out or dance into the night.

Bournemouth is wonderfully situated as a base for exploration. To the west, the World Heritage Jurassic coast offers breathtaking cliff formations and rugged scenery that amply reward the efforts of an invigorating walk or cycle. Similarly absorbing is the serene New Forest, where you can wander among grazing ponies and stop for a Dorset cream tea. Inland, the chocolate box cottages dotted throughout picturesque villages are simply stunning and a world away from the bustle of everyday life.

Spectacular firework displays, heritage fairs, classic car rallies, children’s festivals…There’s a packed calendar of events waiting for you in Bournemouth. Other event highlights include the Wimborne Folk Festival, Great Dorset Steam Fair and Bournemouth Live! Music Festival.

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