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Bournemouth

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Beaches · Aquariums · Piers & Boardwalks
Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town on the south coast of England directly to the east of the Jurassic Coast, a 155km World Heritage Site. According to the 2011 census, the town has a population of 183,491 making it the largest settlement in Dorset. With Poole to the west and Christchurch in the east, Bournemouth forms the South East Dorset conurbation, which has a total population of over 465,000.Before it was founded in 1810 by Lewis Tregonwell, the area was a deserted heathland occasionally visited by fishermen and smugglers. Initially marketed as a health resort, the town received a boost when it appeared in Augustus Granville's 1841 book, The Spas of England. Bournemouth's growth truly accelerated with the arrival of the railway and it became a recognised town in 1870. Historically part of Hampshire, it joined Dorset with the reorganisation of local government in 1974. Since 1997, the town has been administered by a unitary authority, giving it autonomy from Dorset County Council, although it remains part of that ceremonial county. The local council is Bournemouth Borough Council.
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Beach
Bournemouth Beach
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Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Hengistbury Head Beach
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Garden
Lower Gardens
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Museum
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Bournemouth

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Historic Site
Buckingham Palace London
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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World heritage site
Stonehenge Amesbury
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Military Museum
Churchill War Rooms London
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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History Museum
The Roman Baths Bath
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Bournemouth

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Aquarium
Oceanarium
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Geologic Formation
The Polar Bear on the Isle of Wight
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Outdoor Activity
RockReef Adventure Activity Attraction
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Beach
Alum Chine Beach
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in Bournemouth

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Beach
Southbourne Beach
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Science Museum
Science Zone
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Beach
Mudeford Sandbank Beach
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Playground
Lollipops Play Cafe Bournemouth
3.6
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Bournemouth

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Garden
Boscombe Chine Gardens
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Playground
Winton Recreational Ground
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Playground
Treehouse Family Play
3.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
The Coastal Activity Park
3.3
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Bournemouth

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Mollys Den
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
All Fired Up
3.9
Duration: 2 hours
Gift & Specialty Shop
Imeldas Wardrobe - Bournemouth's most beautiful Shoe Boutique
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Shopping Mall
Castlepoint Shopping Park
3.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Nightlife
Rubyz
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
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Theme Park
Paultons Park Romsey
4.5
Duration: 8 hours
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Brewery
The Wight Bear
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Pier / Boardwalk
Bournemouth Pier
3.1
Duration: 2 hours

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