There’s no better way to escape the city than with a visit to Bournemouth’s New Forest National Park. Free-roaming ponies are just one of the delights at this sprawling beauty spot, which is home to dozens of rare UK wildlife species. Enjoy more than 200 acres of unspoilt nature at your own pace, or explore the family fun areas before relaxing in the restaurant.
Bournemouth’s unique Land Train is the perfect way to take in all this historic coastal city has to offer at an unhurried pace. The trip takes in many of Bournemouth’s fantastic attractions, including the Pier, the regal Boscombe Gardens and the beautiful views around Chine Beach.
Whatever the weather, Splashdown is a great reason to visit Bournemouth. Offering 12 different water slides, rides and flumes, it’s a great day for kids of all ages, and also features spa pools and Jacuzzis where parents can relax while the children play.
Dining & Shopping
Bournemouth boasts over 250 restaurants, so there’s something to suit every taste and style. Seafront restaurants are particularly popular; offering great food combined with spectacular views.
Traditional British cafes take proud place on almost every city centre street, offering local cuisine.Shopaholics are in for a great time in Bournemouth.
The city prides itself on providing a real mix of stores to suit everyone; from high street names to boutiques and vintage stores.
Bournemouth is also home to the UK’s largest shopping park, Castlepoint. Dozens of stores, all under one roof, selling everything from clothing and furniture to gifts and souvenirs.
Did you know?
Bournemouth was the birthplace of several of the UK’s most popular writers, including: JRR Tolkien, Enid Blyton and Robert Louis Stephenson.
Poole Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world (the largest is in Sydney).
Bournemouth beaches stretch for an incredible seven miles.