Bournemouth’s coastline is the jewel in its crown, with its five Blue Flag beaches and iconic pier. Just imagine lying back with a good book (and maybe a refreshing gin?) with the sand between your toes, watching the grand children (or your other half!) have fun in the sea. The region actually has some of the warmest sea temperatures in the UK. The views will be spectacular – you’ll be able to spot the Isle of Wight, and the Purbecks. And of course, the iconic colourful beach huts. Did you know that this very British seaside tradition actually originated in Bournemouth in 1908?
You’re sure to find many dining options in the region to satisfy your taste buds. From sumptuous cream teas at the glorious Connaught Hotel, fresh seafood at the beachfront WestBeach restaurant, sizzling pizzas at The Bournemouth Stable, to a tasty steak at the Westbourne Grill house. Fancy something a little different? Try Sri Lankan hot spot The Coconut Tree, or yummy Caribbean fayre at Turtle Bay.
Bournemouth is an area rich in heritage and natural, outstanding beauty. With a wide range of gardens, plenty of beaches and historic buildings, the town is an impressive leisure spot for walking, hiking, and exploring. You can enjoy the beautiful bay walks, with breath taking views from the cliff tops, discover Hengistbury Head, with its variety of habitats including heathland, woodland, and coastland. Or there is the Bourne Valley Greenway, a scenic seven mile scenic route from Broadstone to Bournemouth’s town centre. And you’re also a stone’s throw away from the beautiful New Forest.
Indulge your inner culture vulture and discover art, performance, and history, right on your doorstep. The Russell-Coles Art Gallery and Museum is one of the UK’s most unique museum houses – an exotic clifftop villa filled with beautiful objects from around the globe. Or step back into the Victorian era at the historic Upper Gardens, with its gothic architecture. And the National Science Society offers a wealth of exhibits and artifacts across all branches of science and history to explore.
With its glorious mix of coastline, culture, and mouth-watering eateries, you’re sure to find Bournemouth as the perfect spot to create memories you will treasure forever.
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