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Sightseeing in Bournemouth

When you come to Bournemouth, you’re going to find so much here which will excite and entertain you. It’s a place that has a long history of doing just these things for its visitors; founded more than two hundred years ago, it’s been a popular destination for holidaymakers for more than half of that time.

And there’s lots of this history waiting to be uncovered in the town’s Russell-Coates Art Gallery and Museum. This is a building which is a historical attraction in itself, dating back to 1901. Within its walls there are so many treasures that speak loudly of the heritage and culture of the area – and of so many other places and times too. And other wonders of ages past await at the Bournemouth Aviation Museum - magnificent flying machines of great variety, from a Boeing 737-200 to a Vulcan Bomber, all proudly on display in the museum’s expansive grounds.

But really, history is all around you in Bournemouth. The nineteenth century grandeur of Langtry Manor is well worth a look, as is the even older (actually going back to Saxon times) St Andrew’s Church. And then of course there’s Bournemouth Pier, opened in 1880, and still entertaining all those who crowd its boards – and just a little further along, Boscombe Pier, just nine years younger, and recently beautifully renovated. But between these two incredible constructions, there are those stretches of sands that have played their part in putting Bournemouth on the map.

Nearest to the town you’ll find great beaches such as Durley Chine and Alum Chine (a brace of sweeping sands which have proved perennially popular) but there are so many more to be discovered and enjoyed along this glorious part of the Dorset coastline. East Cliff, Manor Steps, Fishermans Walk…and we could go on, but suffice to say that this really is one of the best possible places you can visit to get some use out of that bucket and spade! Then from the sands, to the waters which lap them – to a cruise around this coastline, with many organised boat trips here, eager to show you how the beauty of this region just goes on and on.

bournemouth beach view

Another quite wonderful way to take in all of Bournemouth and its surrounding landscapes is by hot air balloon. Yes, even that loftiest of viewpoints is provided here, where you’ll really get to see just how much the area can give you, with the list of attractions going on and on.

Fancy a spot of golf one afternoon? Well, there are half a dozen courses right in your vicinity. Then there’s Littledown Park, with its many climbing activities, but it’s not as if the fun has to stop when the sun goes down. You’ll certainly find this to be true at the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, perhaps the most aptly-named establishment in the whole county, and more great times await at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre and the Shelley Theatre.

Looking for places to eat? Bournemouth has a veritable smorgasbord of them. La Piccola Italia, the Funki Griller, Renoufs…in short, all tastes are catered for here, and if you’re of the vegetarian persuasion, Restaurant Roots is a must-visit. And after all that food, well, there are some great sights to take in here whilst you’re walking off those calories! Hengistbury Head provides some spectacular views of the coast, or you could surround yourself with gorgeous greenery as you walk, at either the Boscombe Chine Gardens or the Bournemouth Lower Gardens – or even check out the stunning sea life on display at the Bournemouth Oceanarium.

All of this, and so much more, is yours to enjoy in Bournemouth. Read more about Bournemouth here

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