Tropical gardens and vast stretches of sandy beaches make up the town of Bournemouth. This thriving seaside resort is home to magnificent cliff faces, colorful beach houses and a promenade packed with cafes, surf shops and souvenir huts.
Things to do in Bournemouth
Bournemouth Pier and Boardwalk is one of the city's iconic landmarks. This viewing platform overlooks the sea and is home to an amusement arcade, sweet stalls and a heritage trail. Follow the boardwalk out to sea for uninterrupted English Channel vistas, before heading to Reefside Café for a hot drink.
Atop the cliffs that overlook the city is Russell-Cotes Art Gallery, the last Victorian manor house ever built. Inside, the gallery exhibits contemporary pieces alongside paintings and sculptures from the Victorian era.
Lower Garden is the city's serene, manicured garden packed with colorful flora and fauna. Take a stroll along the canal, stopping at the little bridges to take in the views. The park also has a mini-golf course, multiple food outlets and a picnic area.
A 20-minute drive east of Bournemouth sits Hengistbury Head, a woodland area home to wetland, beaches and archaeological sites. Set on the coastline, the park has a dramatic headland and is full of winding hiking and cycling routes.
Getting around Bournemouth
Bournemouth Airport is just a short drive out of the city, while Gatwick Airport is a two-hour drive away. The city can be explored entirely on foot, while the buses are best for exploring the surrounding coastline.