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How to get to Bournemouth
Before you can plan how to spend your time in Bournemouth, you'll need to get there. Many visitors arrive here by train, with three local stations serving the resort: Bournemouth, Pokesdown to the east and Branksome to the west. If you're travelling into town from London, you're in good company. London to Bournemouth is a popular route during the summer, with locals flocking to the seaside town for a sunny escape. Board the train at Waterloo to get there in under two hours. The train from Southampton to Bournemouth takes around 45 minutes. If you find driving more convenient, no problem. Bournemouth is easy to get to by road, with excellent links to motorways and plenty of hotels with parking around town. There are also various coach providers offering convenient access to Bournemouth at great prices. Coaches arrive in the heart of Bournemouth, right next to the train station, where busses and taxis can take you to your hotel or straight to the beach!
What to do in Bournemouth
To make the most of your time in Bournemouth, ensure you don't miss some of the top things to do around town. Whether you spend a day around the iconic seafront or head out on an adventure, there are lots of things going on to keep everyone entertained.
A day at the beach
Bournemouth boasts seven miles of soft, golden sands. The beaches have retained International Blue Flag status since the award was introduced in 1996, which means visitors can expect clean, safe beaches with excellent facilities. Aside from beautiful views and all the usual beach activities, Bournemouth offers plenty of restaurants, shops and attractions scattered along its coastline. Bournemouth Beach is a lovely place to spend a free family day out, splashing around in the water, playing in the sand and relaxing on the shore. The award-winning seafront is also home to over 250 traditional beach huts. Don't miss them for a precious photo opportunity!
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
The Russell-Cotes house, museum and art gallery is a must if you're searching for a cultural hit in Bournemouth. It's one of the last Victorian houses built in England, completed in 1901 for Metron Russel-Cotes' wife. Take a tour around the rooms, enjoy elegant decor and furnishings, and explore four galleries showcasing acclaimed artwork. Don't miss a stroll through the gardens on sunny days, with leafy walkways and sculptures scattered throughout.
Brownsea Island is a perfect place for a day's adventure close to Bournemouth. Head to the island wildlife sanctuary, tucked in Poole Harbour, in an hour from Bournemouth centre. It's easy to get to but feels a million miles away from the bustling seaside resort. The island's habitats include woodland, heathland and a lagoon, home to many varieties of wildlife. Look out for red squirrels, peacocks and many other bird species. At the outdoor centre, visitors can enjoy fun family activities in the fresh sea air. From orienteering to archery and mini-golf, there's plenty to keep all ages happy. Obstacle courses and the natural play area are also perfect for kids.
Oceanarium & Adventure Wonderland
Visiting Bournemouth with kids? Head to Oceanarium, the town's excellent aquarium, to meet underwater creatures up close. This waterside aquarium is a perfect place to teach little ones about marine ecosystems in a fun, interactive setting. The underwater tunnel is a memorable experience for the whole family! You could also plan an afternoon at Adventure Wonderland, an exciting theme park for children and families less than 20 minutes drive from Bournemouth town centre.
What to eat and drink in Bournemouth
From scenic sea-view restaurants to traditional fish and chips and rooftop cocktail bars, there are plenty of places to enjoy food and drink in Bournemouth. Whether you're visiting on a tight budget or planning to push the stops out, there's no need to compromise on your experience here.
Casual and cheap eats
There are plenty of laid-back spots to eat around Bournemouth, so you can grab something tasty without blowing your budget. Forno Pizza is an easy choice for lunch or dinner the whole family will love. Why not grab a couple of takeaway pizzas and take them to the beach for a memorable sunset dinner? For outstanding tapas, try Lolas in the heart of town, sharing plates to bring everyone together. SOBO Fish is an informal seafood restaurant serving up fresh catch daily, an easy choice to sample the best local produce.
Restaurants for special occasions
Celebrating a birthday, anniversary or just because? Choose one of Bournemouth's best restaurants to mark the occasion. Restaurant Roots is a top choice, serving the best seasonal ingredients on a regularly changing menu. Enjoy a tasting menu to experience the chef's best work. You're in good hands. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner throughout the week. If you have a car in Bournemouth, make the most of your proximity to Dorset's Michelin-standard restaurants. Driving a little way out of town is a small price to pay for enjoying some world-class cuisine.