Bournemouth Visitor information
Introduction to Bournemouth and its Attractions
Bournemouth is home to 7 miles of sandy beaches to explore and its own air festival in August. Hengistbury Head has been a nature reserve since 1990. Both Boscombe pier, having just undergone a restoration, and Bournemouth pier offer stunning views. Gardens are a feature in Bournemouth and the Pine Walk offers an art exhibition and a chance to purchase art works throughout the summer. The East Cliff Lift, built in 1905 and still travelling a total of 170 feet is worth a visit. Poole Harbour is a main destination for any water sport enthusiast. The theme park, Dorest's number one, Adventure Wonderland is recommended for all ages at Christchurch. Brownsea Island is a popular excursion, owned by the National Trust it is a peaceful island offering wetland woodland and heath scenery, accessible by boat it has a picturesque location with views of the coastline and the Purbeck Hills.
Getting to Bournemouth
By Train Bournemouth can be reached from trains from London Waterloo, an hour and 30 minutes on the fast train. From there it is a 5 minute car journey or a 20 minute walk to the centre of the city.
By Car Bournemouth is located near the A338 which comes from the M3 from the East or it can be reached from the A35 from the East of the city. It is over 100 miles from London.
By Air Bournemouth has its own international airport which is connected to the city via a shuttle train to the station. A 20 minute walk or 5 minute car journey will take you to the centre of Bournemouth and a further 5 minutes to the coast.
By Coach There are two main coach lines that can take you to London and the airports Gatwick and Heathrow. These are: Megabus and National express.
By Taxi or Bus Bournemouth has a large range of taxi and bus services. Bournemouth United Taxis, Yellow Buses and The Dorset Bus Company.
Lewis Tregonwell knew the area from the late 18th century, and is recognised to have 'founded' the town after returning in 1810 during a holiday at Mudeford to show the area to his wife Henrietta. In 1837 Sir George Tapps-Gervis decided to create a seaside resort at Bournemouth, then in the late 1800's it became popular amongst the upper and middle classes to visit the seaside.
By 1890, Bournemouth was recognised by Queen Victoria, who granted it the status of a Borough, complete with its own Mayor and the pavilion was built in 1929.
By the middle of the 20th century it was one of the major towns of England and in 1974 it moved counties from Hampshire to Dorset, however it quickly became a unitary authority in 1997. Bournemouth expanded at an astonishing rate and now has a population of 164,00.
Robert Louis Stevenson lived in Bournemouth whilst writing Treasure Island. Sir Anthony Blunt was born here, as well as the actors Charles Gray and Amanda Holden. The author J.R.R. Tolkien spent his last years in Bournemouth.
Universities in Bournemouth