Book flights to Bournemouth with Ryanair! Bournemouth is a fun, vibrant resort city on England’s sunny south coast, and the perfect place to spend a few days. Whether you want to catch some waves, go yachting, enjoy walks along the 7 miles of lovely golden sandy beach, or just shop ‘til you drop and eat fish & chips, Bournemouth is the place to be! The people are friendly, the nightlife is buzzing, and you’re within easy reach of great spots like the New Forest National Park and the Jurassic Coast. What on earth are you waiting for? Book flights to Bournemouth today!
Population
Approximately 186,700
Currency
British Pounds, £1 = 100 pence
Weather forecast
+14 ... 25°C
Sandy, white beaches and some of the best in water sports, Bournemouth is a resort that will not disappoint you. Whether you are interested in gastro pubs, beach life or shopping, you will find it all here.
Bournemouth Pier

There has been a pier at Bournemouth since 1856. The pier that stands today is over 304 metres long and is the central focus of the beachfront, a hub for seaside entertainment and a historic legacy of the Victorian era.

​Address: Bournemouth Pier, Bournemouth
The Bournemouth Balloon

In the Lower Gardens at Central Gardens, the Bournemouth Balloon is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the town. Here visitors go high into the sky to get the most spectacular view of the town and sea.

​Address: The Lower Gardens, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 314 539​Website: www.bournemouthballoon.com
Bournemouth Beach

Bournemouth Beach is one of Bournemouth’s top attractions. The long stretch of Blue Flag awarded beach met by the gentle waters of Poole Bay offers some of Britain’s best sunbathing and swimming along with beach volleyball.

​Address: Bournemouth Beach, Bournemouth
Russell-cotes Art Gallery and Museum

The Russell-Cotes family gave their house and its contents to the town in 1922. Built on the cliff overlooking the bay, the museum houses the family’s vast collection of art from around the world.

​Address: East Cliff Promenade, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 451 858​Website: www.russell-cotes.bournemouth.gov.uk​Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm
The Pavilion

The Pavilion was built in 1929 as a concert hall and was renovated in 1934 before reopening as a theatre. This Georgian style pavilion has pillars of local Portland stone and still has regular entertainments today.

​Address: Westover Road, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 456 400​Website: www.bic.co.uk
Bournemouth International Centre

Bournemouth International Centre is one of Britain’s major centres for exhibitions and tours. This place hosts the world’s top musicians and West End musical productions.

​Address: Exeter Road, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 456 400​Website: www.bic.co.uk
Bournemouth Oceanarium

This huge aquarium takes you on an adventure through the oceans of the world. This includes a re-creation of the Great Barrier Reef, a walk-through underwater tunnel and feeding demonstrations.

​Address: Pier Approach, West Beach, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 311 993​Website: www.oceanarium.co.uk​Opening hours: Daily 10 am-6 pm
Bournemouth Central Gardens

Bournemouth Central Gardens was turned from meadows into formal gardens in the 1860’s. This lush green expanse in the heart of the town is a focus for summertime activity.

​Address: Bournemouth Central Gardens, Bournemouth
Britain is undergoing a food culture revolution at the moment, with a desire for locally grown, organic produce and less processed foods. Driven by the country’s top chefs, this movement has been particularly strong in the southwest, with Dorset becoming the location for celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s organic farm, River Cottage. Bournemouth boasts some of Britain’s best local seafood as well as a cosmopolitan mix of worldwide cuisines. Visit the Tourist Information Centre when you arrive in Bournemouth for a FREE Eating Out Guide.
Langtry Restaurant

Langtry Restaurant was built by King Edward VII in 1877 for his mistress Lillie Langtry. This place truly offers real history and original interior with stained glass and tapestries and a stylish, modern traditional menu from a rising chef.

​Address: 26 Derby Road, East Cliff, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 553 887​Website: www.langtrymanor.com​More info: Langtry Manor Hotel
La Roche

You will find the best in fine dining at this water’s edge restaurant in the Haven Hotel on Poole’s Sandbanks. An emphasis on local produce includes Dorset lamb and monkfish.

​Address: Banks Road, Sandbanks, Poole​Phone: +44 1202 707 333​Website: www.havenhotel.co.uk​More info: Haven Hotel
West Beach Restaurant

Located on the beach next to the pier, with large glass frontage offering great sea views, this restaurant has fresh seafood brought daily from the south coast’s top fish markets. It is recommended to try their West Beach fish soup.

​Address: Pier Approach, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 587 785​Website: www.west-beach.co.uk
Coriander

Coriander is a long-established Mexican restaurant in the heart of town and especially popular among vegetarians. This restaurant offers a fun, lively atmosphere and a menu full of fajitas, enchiladas, burritos and more.

​Address: 22 Richmond Hill, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 552 202​Website: www.coriander-restaurant.co.uk
Bistro on the beach

This café/restaurant is located right on the beach, with spectacular views. They have a café menu during the day, and turns into a restaurant in the evening, with a good selection of fresh fish.

​Address: Solent Promenade, Southbourne Coast Road, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 431 473​Website: www.bistroonthebeach.co.uk
Retro

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 in an authentic atmosphere.

​Address: 79-81 Charminster Road, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 315 865
After a day on the sea or a few hours on the beach, you might feel like something to drink and eat. There is always one or two beach clubs to choose from, or why not one of the many cafés found around town.
Baraca Café

At Baraca Café you can enjoy modern Mediterranean mezes in a laid back atmosphere. The menu also includes drips, salads and grills.

​Address: 129 Charminster Road, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 515 144​Website: www.baraca.co.uk
Bayview Brasserie & Tearooms

The Bayview Brasserie & Tearoom are set in the landscaped gardens of Compton Acres with wonderful sea views. Here you can enjoy light lunches and teas.

​Address: Compton Acres, Canford Cliffs, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 700 778​Website: www.comptonacres.co.uk
Key West Restaurant

Key West Restaurant is perfect for a coffee in a memorable location. This café, on the end of Bournemouth Pier, offers sweeping sea views.

​Address: The Pier, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 306 155​Website: www.thebournemouthpier.com
Patisserie Valerie

This café can be found in more than 50 locations across the United Kingdom. Patisserie Valerie is perfect place to linger over a cup of coffee and a cake in the company of friends.

​Address: 2-6 Post Office Rd, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 316 539​Website: www.patisserie-valerie.co.uk
Patisserie Angelique

This café offers all food lovers a real treat. The patisseries and cakes are absolutely beautiful and made from traditional recipes.

​Address: 79 Poole Rd, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 765 271​Website: www.patisserieangelique.com
Bars (or ‘pubs’ as they are known in Britain) are national institutions and you will find a wealth of choices all around the town, from traditional places serving English real ale to modern bars full of young revellers. With its university population and seaside location, Bournemouth has some of the best nightlife on the south coast, attracting the biggest DJ’s and artists. To find out what is on, ask the local designer clothing and record shops.
Moon in the Square

Moon in the Square is a large, centrally located pub. The pub offers a good range of English real ale, tasty food and a non-smoking area.

​Address: 4-8 Exeter Road, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 652 090
Richmond Arms

Richmond Arms is a local pub with a welcoming clientele and a lot of beers. This place also offers a lovely beer garden, an ideal spot for having a few cold ones on hot summer days.

​Address: 153 Charminster Road, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 514 524
Durley Inn

Wonderfully located right on the sea front, Durley Inn is truly a perfect place for sitting outside with a drink as the sun sets. Here you can also order take away and have breakfast.

​Address: Durley Chine, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 290 480​Website: www.harvester.co.uk​Opening hours: Daily 8.30 am-11 pm
O2 Academy Bournemouth

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.

​Address: 570 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 399 922​Website: www.operahouse.co.uk
The Old Firestation

The Old Firestation is run by the Bournemouth Student Union. This place is also open to non-students for some of the best live gigs in town.

​Address: 36 Holdernhurst Rd, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 963 889​Website: www.oldfirestation.co.uk
Bournemouth is the commercial hub and shopping destination for the whole of the county of Dorset and offers a wide range of all the latest worldwide stores, together with thriving boutique and bohemian shopping experiences. For all the biggest names under one roof you can try either the Quadrant Centre on Old Christchurch Road, The Avenue Shopping Centre on Commercial Road or the massive Castlepoint Shopping Park on Castle Lane West. 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 make 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. Westover Road is Bournemouth’s answer to London’s Sloane Street with the latest designer clothing boutiques. On Old Christchurch Road, you will find the traditional department stores Beales and Dingles. The district just west of the town centre, Westbourne, is known for its designer clothes and interior design shops. It also has its own Victorian shopping arcade, while Boscombe, to the east of the town centre, has an excellent street market Thursdays and Saturdays. Here you can find fresh produce and clothing and the area near Pokesdown is good for antiques shops.
Bournemouth International Airport

Bournemouth International Airport is located only 15 minutes away from the town centre. The airport is linked easily with train, bus and taxi services. Car rental companies are 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 The bus runs from the airport to the city centre seven days a week between 7 am-7 pm. A single adult ticket costs £5 and a return £8. You can also find taxi companies at the airport. Compass Cars +44 1202 37 37 37

​Address: Bournemouth International Airport, Bournemouth​Phone: +44 1202 364 000​Website: www.bournemouthairport.com​More info: Prices updated February 2014
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