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Destination: Bournemouth Tours

Seaside surf city with jurassic coastline.
Region: South West England
Pronounced: born-muth
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Bournemouth, South West England

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Bournemouth’s main attraction has to be its 7 mile long sandy beach fit for sunbathing, swimming and surfing.  Bournemouth’s latest addition is Europe’s first artificial surf reef. The reef is made up of 55 giant sandbags and is the size of a football pitch. The town itself has an excellent shopping, a huge variety of restaurants and great nightlife.

Next door, the town of Poole with more water sport offerings plus a historic 18th century harbour and some attractive buildings. Along the coast Corfe Castle and although a ruin, it is still impressive, as is the beautiful surrounding countryside and views from it. Further along the Jurrasic coast is Lulworth Cove with the fascinating Durdle Door, an archway carved out by the sea.

Local Activities
Bournemouth Beach
Bournemouth BeachBournemouth Beach offers 7 miles of pristine golden sand, and together with one of the best climates in Britain offer a perfect beach holiday.
Alum Chine
Alum Chine, Bournemouth
Bournemouth BeachAlum Chine offers shaded paths; the popular Treasure Island themed children's play area, paddling pool, tropical garden, magnificent sea views and a blue flag award winning beach below. 
Bournemouth Balloon
Bournemouth Balloon
Bournemouth BeachBournemouth Balloon, a helium balloon flight ascends to 500 feet, offering spectacular views of 7 miles of Jurassic Coastline.
Bournemouth Lower Gardens
Bournemouth BeachBournemouth Lower Gardens is the largest rockery in Britain. First created in the 1930’s, it has constantly evolved to cater for the changing tastes of it visitors. The gardens are also home to one of the largest open air art displays in Britain.
Boscombe Artificial Reef
Bournemouth BeachBoscome Artificial Reef is Europe’s largest artificial surf reef, and the surf can be enjoyed by experts and beginners alike, with a number of companies providing opportunities to learn how to surf.
What can I see in the area?
Durdle Door
Bournemouth BeachThe breathtaking Durdle Door is is a natural arch carved out of the limestone Jurassic coastline by the sea, near to Lulworth Cove, which all forms part of England’s first Natural World Heritage site.  
Poole, Dorset
Bournemouth BeachPoole like its neighbour Bournemouth is big into water sports, and has some great Blue flag standard beaches.  It also has the second largest natural harbour in the world, used by the Romans on their initial invasion of southern England. The town also boasts some attractive historic buildings, including the Customs house and the Town cellars, a medieval warehouse.  
Brownsea Island
Brownsea Island, Bournemouth
Bournemouth BeachBrownsea Island is a small island nature reserve with a number of walking trails from which an array of British wildlife can be viewed in an idyllic setting.
Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle, Bournemouth
Bournemouth BeachCorfe Castle is both dramatic and picturesque. Built high on a hill in 1080-1105 it offers great views.
Swanage Steam Railway
Swanage Steam Railway
Bournemouth BeachSwanage Steam Railway runs for 6 miles through some picture perfect Dorset scenery with stunning views of Corfe Castle and reminders of the bygone era of steam.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
This is a great base for exploring:
New Forest, South Coast
Transport options in this area:
Easy to reach by train or car, Bournemouth can be navigated easily in car or on foot.
Did you know:
In Bournemouth on 12th July 1910 Rolls Royce co founder Charles Rolls became the first British man to be killed in an aircraft crash
Bournemouth is one of the few English towns one can safely call 'her'."

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