The Russell-Cotes family gave this house and its contents to the town in 1922. Built on the cliff overlooking the bay, the museum houses the family’s vast and precious collection including statues, paintings and Victorian canvases from all over the world.
The Pavilion was built in 1929 as a concert hall and was renovated in 1934, before reopening as a theatre. This Georgian style pavilion with pillars of local Portland stone still has regular entertainments today, so don´t miss the occasion to enjoy the countless shows held here, while you are in town!
Bournemouth International Centre, situated close to the beautiful beach, is one of Britain’s major centres for exhibitions and tours. This place, in fact, hosts the world’s top musicians and West End musical productions whose shows are performed in one of the spacious halls that this venue has!
This huge aquarium takes you on an adventure through the oceans of the world, among sharks, turtles, clown fishes and many more inhabitants of the sea. Bournemouth Oceanarium includes a re-creation of the Great Barrier Reef, a walk-through underwater tunnel and feeding demonstrations!
The Bournemouth Central Gardens were turned from meadows into formal gardens in the 1860’s, so they are a pure expression of Victorian aesthetic taste. This lush green expanse, in the heart of the town, is now a focus venue for every kind of summertime activity.
Bournemouth is great for relaxing on its beautiful, sandy beaches, so spending an afternoon at this lovely SPA is obviously the next step to release all the stress accumulated in the every-day life. The skilful hands of Anna and Georghe will spoil you with a full body massage, a pedicure, various facial treatments, but also make up and nails!
If you´re a history lover that even in a resort town such as Bournemouth doesn´t want to spend the whole time sunbathing, you definitely have to give "Dorset Day Trips" a try! Darren will take you around the area, showing you the hidden gems and revealing the secrets that only the locals know.
St. Peter's Church, a beautiful church located in the heart of Bournemouth designed by the Victorian architect, George Edmund Street. This church is one of Bournemouth landmarks and has a 62 meters tower and gorgeous stained glasses. What also makes this church special, is in fact, the author Mary Shelley, (famous for her novel Frankenstein) is buried here with her family.
You will find the best in fine dining at this water’s edge restaurant in the Haven Hotel, on Poole’s Sandbanks. Be prepared to fall in love not only with the extremely professional service, but also with the spectacular views you´ll witness! An emphasis on local produce includes Dorset lamb and monkfish.
Retro is located in the heart of the Middle Eastern food district of Bournemouth. This traditional Lebanese restaurant offers a variety of charcoal grill dishes, falafel, hummus and much more in a warm atmosphere. It is recommended to call to book a table, but you could also opt for the take-away (free delivery within 2 miles)!
Founded in 1981, this restaurant offers its guests a real Italian taste in all of the dishes prepared by the skilful hands of the chef. Try one of the delicacies you will find on the particularly wide menu such as pizza, "focaccia", pasta and you will start believing you are in Italy!
Chez Fred, a family business who knows how to deliver some of UK best fish and chips. They have continually strived to improve by using the finest quality fish, everything to serve the best and for a reasonable price. No wonder why this fish and chip shop is so hugely popular among locals and tourists.
For high quality Thai food, head over to Koh Thai Tapas where you will be served generous portions by the great service. If you have some difficulties to decide for one meal, try Thai Tapas where you will be served small portions of the most popular Thai appetisers, perfect if you would like to try a bit of everything.
When dining at this cosy family owned restaurant, one can expect freshly prepared dishes where the ingredients are sourced locally whenever possible. The menu offers European and British food which is served by the friendly, welcoming and efficient staff. Mouth-watering food like king prawns linguine, pan fried fillet of salmon and confit duck leg can be found on the menu.
At this family run business they prepare their food by using traditional Vietnamese recipes which has been passed down and improved through generations. Only using the finest ingredients from local suppliers and imports of Vietnam you will for sure experience the authentic and traditional dining of the Vietnamese cuisine.
Bellaggio, an Italian restaurant where you can have a taste of fresh, authentic food for an affordable price. The friendly and warm atmosphere only enhances the dining experience and it is highly popular among local and tourist alike. Classical dishes like pasta, risotto, pizza and antipasti can be enjoyed here.
The Café & Tea room is set at the entrance of the charming gardens of Compton Acres where you could enjoy light lunches, teas and sweet delicacies prepared according to the Great British traditions. Don´t miss their breakfast served from Monday to Saturday (9:00 am - 11:30 am)!
Key West is perfect for a coffee in a memorable location, since it´s situated on the end of Bournemouth Pier, offering amazing sea views and creating a vibrant atmosphere. Check this spot out during a sunny day, preferably on a Sunday afternoon in order to enjoy the live music as well!
This café, spread over more than 50 locations across the United Kingdom, is the perfect place to linger over a cup of coffee or a hot tea and a cake, in the company of friends. Try their afternoon tea and with only £25 you´ll also get their mouth-watering patisserie creations such as the berry mousse!
Described as "The English home of French Pâtisserie", this café offers all food-lovers a real treat: the patisseries and cakes are absolutely beautiful and made from traditional recipes. Plus, the service is extremely attentive and welcoming, you will definitely feel at home here!
This grand, old venue dates back to 1895. Today the O2 Academy Bournemouth is Bournemouth’s premier dance music venue, hosting a variety of club nights and live music events embracing all the genres you may think about. This is definitely the place to be if you want to live an exciting night out!
The Old Firestation is run by the Bournemouth Student Union, so this will tell you a lot about the kind of atmosphere you will breathe here! Be prepared to experience an unforgettable night with tons of students who just wants to have fun, enjoying some good music! This place is also open to non-students for some of the best live gigs in town.
If you are in the mood for a more sophisticated kind of night, not necessarily in a crowded club, you need to check Smokin' Aces. This classy lounge bar, with a unique interior and elegant red couches, will spoil you with paradisiac alcoholic creations and an excellent service!
Quirky spot characterised by unique decorations that perfectly match the general feel of Sixty Million Post Cards. The central location makes it the ideal place to stop by for a cold one while having an walk around Bournemouth, on a summer evening! Also hosting a variety of live music.
The smaller boutique and specialist shops are to be found in the town centre, in the streets around The Square. These streets are mostly car-free and made for pleasant promenades. There are a number of old Victorian shopping arcades with clothing boutiques, jewellers and art shops including the Bournemouth Arcade linking Westover Road with Old Christchurch Road.
Sovereign Shopping Centre is located in the heart of Boscombe’s bustling pedestrian precinct and offers more than 40 stores including high street stores and independent boutiques. Here you can grab a quick bite at the BBs coffee shop or just stroll around the different shops and see if you can find something to bring back home.
Bournemouth International Airport is located only 15 minutes away from the town centre and it´s easily linked with train, bus and taxi services. Car rental companies are also represented at the airport The airport is located approximately ten kilometres from the main train station, which is served by a regular shuttle bus. www.southwesttrains.co.uk Moreover, the bus runs from the airport to the city centre seven days a week between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm.