City Guide: Bournemouth

Bournemouth is your introduction to the classic British beach holiday.

As one of the largest seaside resorts in Britain, Bournemouth is tourist filled from its beautiful seafront to its sun-baked beaches, yet retains its own exceptional charisma. When it comes to a trip to Bournemouth, the British know this is a destination with heart and its own character.

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City Guide: Bournemouth

Bournemouth is your introduction to the classic British beach holiday.

As one of the largest seaside resorts in Britain, Bournemouth is tourist filled from its beautiful seafront to its sun-baked beaches, yet retains its own exceptional charisma. When it comes to a trip to Bournemouth, the British know this is a destination with heart and its own character.

Bournemouth is the right place to indulge in a truly British atmosphere. But before you go you should take care of where to stay in the city. Be it a room in cheap hotel in Bournemouth to a luxury one all are available at Booked.net. Check out our offers with maps, photos and secure forms.

Stretching along the coastline for more than 11km, Bournemouth is world away from a sleepy seaside village. Locals say their city has many faces and one day it can breathe with nostalgia for the Victorian era, while the next it will introduce you to the life as it comes in the 21st century. Pulsating parties, active clubbers and ''white-collars'' on the conference to the city this is how Bournemouth takes the role of chic tourist destination. 

In Bournemouth there is no piece of shore that will leave you without places to see and things to do. Sunbathing, surfing, diving and snorkeling and so on to a cluster of sites to take you back to how Bournemouth used to be.

Attractions include; 

  • Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum has collections of 19th century art

  • The Atrium Gallery, a comprehensive showplace of art at Bournemouth University

  • St.Peter's Church with a graveyard and tomb of famous author Mary Shelly

  • Bournemouth Oceanarium is your thing to enjoy if you are interested in maritime world

  • Bournemouth International Centre, a location for concerts and exhibitions held in the city

Touring Bournemouth's attractions, you are on a right track to discover that its strength is in its history. From the early years Bournemouth served as an escape for the rich and famous. This is the reputation the city earned thanks to Mary Eleanor Bowes, the richest heiress in England who turned Bournemouth into remote retreat.

This remote feel that the city originally earned was severely guarded by local government. In the very beginning shops were banned in the city and the railway arrived there under a big secret and was only for a stop there for limited group of people. It was the time when Bournemouth exploded with luxury villas, but the only lack was sufficient infrastructure in the city.

Even though Bournemouth was long a well kept secret, it could not be kept that way for long and soon it became available to enjoy for everyone. Since then Bournemouth has expanded greatly with new transportation system and new buildings. The first spa hotel arrived there in 1885 and was known as the Mont Dore Hotel and afterwards followed a building boom. 

Today you have a wide choice of hotels to stay in Bournemouth and they are listed at Booked.net.

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    Elstead Hotel

    3 star hotel
    Knyveton Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, BH1 3QP (Map)
    Average rating: 3.8Excellent

    The superior Elstead Hotel is conveniently set minutes... More details

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    US$ 167
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    Durley Dean

    3 star hotel
    28 West Cliff Road, West Cliff, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, BH2 5HE (Map)
    Average rating: 3.2Good

    Durley Dean is situated in the center of Bournemouth... More details

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    US$ 177
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    The Cumberland Hotel

    3 star hotel
    East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, BH1 3AF (Map)
    Average rating: 3.5Very good

    Situated on a beach, the unique Cumberland Hotel offers... More details

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    US$ 226
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    Britannia Bournemouth

    3 star hotel
    5 Meyrick Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, BH1 3DP (Map)
    Average rating: 2.9Good enough

    Britannia Bournemouth is located in a ski area of... More details

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    US$ 120
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    Suncliff Hotel

    3 star hotel
    29 East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, United Kingdom (Map)
    Average rating: 3.4Very good

    The excellent 3-star Suncliff Hotel offers comfortable... More details

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    US$ 171
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    The Norfolk Hotel

    4 star hotel
    Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, BH2 6EN (Map)
    Average rating: 3.5Very good

    Set in a perfect position in the heart of the town and... More details

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    US$ 268
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    Kings Head Wimborne

    3 star hotel
    The Square, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, BH21 1JA (Map)
    Average rating: 4.2Exceptional

    The lovely 3-star Kings Head Wimborne is set in a... More details

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    US$ 109
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    Chine Hotel

    3 star hotel
    25 Boscombe Spa Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, BH5 1AX (Map)
    Average rating: 3.4Very good

    The 3-star Chine Hotel is located within the beautiful... More details

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    US$ 193
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    East Overcliff, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, BH1 3DN (Map)
    Average rating: 3.5Very good

    Located centrally between the city centre and the... More details

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    US$ 237
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    Claremont

    4 star hotel
    89 St. Michael&Apos;S Road, Bournemouth, Gb, Bournemouth, United Kingdom (Map)
    Average rating: 4.0Excellent

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    St. Michael'S Road, West Cliff, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, BH2 5DU (Map)
    Average rating: 4.2Exceptional

    The peaceful Bournemouth Highcliff Marriott Hotel is... More details

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    Kingsley

    3 star hotel
    20 Glen Road, Boscombe Manor, Bournemouth, Gb, Bournemouth, United Kingdom (Map)
    Average rating: 3.2Good

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    Arrowsmith Road, Canford Magna, Wimborne Minster, Wimborne, Gb, Bournemouth, United Kingdom (Map)
    Average rating: 2.9Good enough

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    East Cliff Cottage

    3 star hotel
    57 Grove Rd, Bournemouth, Gb, Bournemouth, United Kingdom (Map)
    Average rating: 2.9Good enough

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    Meyrick Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, BH1 3DL (Map)
    Average rating: 3.3Good

    Queens Hotel And Spa is situated in the heart of... More details

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    The Living Room

    4 star hotel
    2 Drury Road, Alum Chine, Bournemouth, Gb, Bournemouth, United Kingdom (Map)

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    Cottonwood Boutique

    3 star hotel
    East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, Gb, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, BH1 3AH (Map)
    Average rating: 4.0Excellent

    The intimate Cottonwood Boutique Hotel is placed just a... More details

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    US$ 101
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    De Vere The Dormy

    4 star hotel
    New Road-Fermdown , Bournemouth, United Kingdom (Map)

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    Carrington House

    3 star hotel
    Knyveton Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, BH1 3QQ (Map)
    Average rating: 3.1Good

    Carrington House is a 3-star excellent property, set... More details

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    The Royal Bath

    4 star hotel
    Bath Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom (Map)
    Average rating: 3.1Good

    De Vere Royal Bath Hotel is housed in a chic Victorian... More details

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    Bonnington Beach

    3 star hotel
    44 Tregonwell Road, West Cliff, Bournemouth, Gb, Bournemouth, United Kingdom (Map)
    Average rating: 2.3Average

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    Britannia Roundhouse

    3 star hotel
    1 Meyrick Rd, The Lansdowne, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, BH1 2PR (Map)
    Average rating: 2.7Good enough

    Britannia Roundhouse is a 3-star unique property that... More details

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    US$ 132
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    Wessex Hotel

    3 star hotel
    11 To 13 West Cliff Road, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, BH2 5EU (Map)
    Average rating: 3.2Good

    Wessex Hotel is a 3-star prestigious guesthouse... More details

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    Collingwood

    3 star hotel
    11 Priory Road Bh2 5Df \ , Bournemouth, United Kingdom (Map)
    Average rating: 4.3Exceptional

    Hotel Collingwood is a 3-star traditional hotel... More details

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    Heathlands

    3 star hotel
    Grove Rd, East Cliff, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, BH1 3AY (Map)
    Average rating: 2.9Good enough

    Heathlands is a 3-star excellent guesthouse, located... More details

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