All you need to know about Bournemouth

Bournemouth is famous up and down the country for its picturesque award-winning Blue Flag sandy beaches, with one of the mildest climates in the UK and beautiful surroundings. Bournemouth is also widely celebrated for its scenic parks gardens and bustling cosmopolitan atmosphere. With great schools and a friendly community it’s an ideal place for families and older people to settle down. And just two hours from London, it makes the perfect location for a weekend bolthole too.

A little bit of history

The first record of Bournemouth as a place name was in the Christchurch cartulary of 1407, when a monk noted a stranded whale at “La Bournemowthe”; a purely geographical reference to the uninhabited area around the mouth of the small river that drained the heathland between the towns of Poole and Christchurch.

Need to know

The town has a professional football club, AFC Bournemouth, known as the Cherries, who were recently promoted to the Premier League.


Bournemouth offers the shopper a fabulous day out for retail enjoyment. Most of the town centre is pedestrianised with a number of high street favourites existing alongside independent stores and boutiques and a number of Victorian arcades. Poole has the largest indoor shopping centre in Dorset, as well as a pretty quay at the end of the high street.

Things to do

Simply head down to the seven mile stretch of award-winning Blue Flag sandy beaches, either to soak up some sun or to walk along the promenade. Hengistbury Head offers great views from its high vantage point. The beach at the furthest point west is Sandbanks, the UK’s first beach to hold a Blue Flag for 25 years.

Eating and drinking

There are over 250 restaurants in Bournemouth covering all four corners of our gastronomic globe to tempt even the most discerning connoisseur. Whether you want to relax over a cappuccino, enjoy a light lunch, have a fun family meal or indulge in a taste sensation, Bournemouth caters for every occasion.

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