Presentation of the destination
Bournemouth is a city in the United Kingdom, located on the south coast of England and overlooking the English Channel. It has about 163,000 inhabitants. This seaside resort, founded in the early nineteenth century, is the largest county in Dorset County. It developed considerably at the end of the 19th century with the arrival of the railway and became a very popular destination in England and the United States. rest of Europe. Its beaches and quiet and relaxing atmosphere make it a popular destination for tourists, city dwellers lacking air iodized, retirees or students who come to stay in Bournemouth for a stay. language. Bournemouth is also a regional business center, at the crossroads of the cities of Liverpool and Victoria. Its cosmopolitan atmosphere, its dynamism (night outings, cultural outings, events, activities for families â € |) and its sublime landscapes will delight you.
Points of interests / things to see
The city of Bournemouth was born in the early nineteenth century, more precisely in 1810 when retired Army officer Lewis Tregonwell decided to build his home in this place where a single inn remained. Cultivating the surrounding lands and improving the area, including the planting of a pine forest along the beaches, Lewis Tregonwell made this abandoned land an attractive and vibrant city. Bournemouth was born in 1870. It quickly became a destination for wealthy vacationers and the sick and developed its tourist activity to become today, the first resort in the United Kingdom. Bournemouth is therefore a recent city: however, its short history has left its mark as much in its Victorian architecture as in some places. So, do not leave Bournemouth without visiting the Russell-Cotes Museum. This building built between 1897 and 1901 houses eclectic collections, between local art, British and Japanese art (including a Japanese garden). Along the seaside, you will also find the Oceanarium. This museum and aquarium offers visitors to discover the splendors of marine life. It offers many activities for families and children.
Outside the city, east of Bournemouth, discover the coastal village of Christchurch. At the junction of the Avon and Stour rivers, with direct access to the sea, you will certainly enjoy the atmosphere of this small fishing village, where you can taste seafood on Mudefort Quay. Visit also Poole: this city is renowned for its port, currently the second largest in the world, but also for its history as it was the main point of departure during the Second World War. Nearby you will find Corfe Castle. This village has a magnificent castle, whose oldest structures date back to the 11th century. To stay in the theme of castles and large buildings, we can only recommend a getaway to Sherborne Castle. This sublime home has hosted many generations since its founding in the 16th century. Witness of all its epochs, it offers to the spectators a true dive in the past England. Overlooking a lake, its 42 acres of gardens and lawn make Sherborne Castle a place of rest and relaxation.
Bournemouth is known for its ten kilometers of beaches, five of which were crowned the most beautiful in England. It is the first city to invent the beach cabins in 1908. The latter line the seaside and resplendent with their rainbow colors. Bournemouth also possesses a long and wide thrown towards the Channel. His acres of Victorian-style gardens have been rewarded with the Green Flag label for their beauty. For an overview of Bournemouth's natural wonders, you can borrow a hot air balloon attached to Lower Garden which, from its height of 500 feet, shows you a breathtaking view of the city. The Lower Garden is Bournemouth's most active garden and offers free events throughout the year, mainly for families. We can mention the Sea Festival, which takes place from September 20 to October 12 and is an internationally known art festival. Along the "China", or "china", discover the waterfront gardens, Alum China, Middle China and Durley China. Binoculars are at your disposal to enjoy the magnificent view.
In spite of its monotonous geology, because exclusively made of clay and oceans, the region of Dorset contains magnificent landscapes. 10 miles from Bournemouth is also The Jurassic Coast. These magnificent cliffs stretching for 95 miles are the geological witnesses of three periods, the Triassic, the Jurassic and the Celtic. It is made up of breathtaking sites like Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Dancing Ledge. A 20 minute drive from Bournemoutch, discover the forest of William the Conqueror, The New Forest. Many animals (such as deer, peacocks and sheep) roam freely in this green space that you can discover during a horseback or horseback ride.
Bournemouth is a dynamic city that has seen the birth of people like Alex James, bassist of rock band Blur, and Andy Summers, guitarist of The Police. The city of Bournemouth is a cultural city, which hosts many artistic events. The Pavillion Theater for example, offers many performances and shows. This 1920s building, located on Westover Road, has retained its aura and charm from that era. It hosts ballets or comedy shows. Bournemouth has a second theater, the Pier Theater. Its imposing 1950s architecture overlooks the waterfront as it is located on the pier. It offers performances from April to October. In Poole you will also find The Lighthous, Pooleâ € ™ s Center for the Arts. This is where shows, comedies and shows are held, where the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra is held. The Bournemouth International Center, located on Exeter Road, is a well-known venue for concerts, exhibitions and one-man comedy shows. At the end of June, enjoy the festival Folk on the Quay Festival with the rising stars of folk music. The city also offers free concerts and fireworks during the summer season.
The city of Bournemouth, because of its tourist popularity, has adapted to the demands of holidaymakers. With its 250 restaurants, it offers all kinds of cuisine: Greek, Italian, Indian, Oriental, Mexican, Lebanese â € | The fishâ € ™ nâ € ™ chip, faithful to the British culinary tradition, are present. However, the city's most favorite dish is seafood, as in the seaside Harry Ramsdens restaurant. There are also restaurants open to vegetarians or offering French cuisine. like Sweet France.
Although the city of Bournemouth is located by the sea, it still remains a community of England, known for its rainy weather and sometimes gloomy. Its maritime proximity plays in its favor: the sea winds often fleeing the threatening clouds, the weather remains unpredictable but can offer hot and sunny days (May to September). Many tourists prefer coming in the spring to enjoy nature and flowering gardens. From December to February, these are the rainiest and coldest months. It will be necessary to arm yourself with an impermeable, an umbrella and good boots to face Bournemouth at this time!
Bournemouth is full of pedestrian alleys (Bournemouth's main street, between Old ChirstChurch Road and Commercial Road) in the city center but also along the sea, making it even more enjoyable. Covered with its Victorian architecture and shopping trips. For shopping, do not hesitate to go to Westbourne, a village west of Bournemouth, which offers many shops, cafes and beauty salons. You can also go to Southbourne, about three miles from Bournemouth, known for its delicious caterers and cozy bistros. In Boscombe, two miles east of Bournemouth, find a vintage market held on the first Saturday of every month, an event not to be missed for bargain hunters! For shopaholics, check out Castle Point, the UK's largest shopping park. For nightlife, Bournemouth is full of good addresses. Between theater performances, bars with jazzy atmosphere, bowling and nightclubs, everyone will be served! Bournemouth offers cocktail bars, wine bars, traditional pubs, cinemas and festivals mainly in the summer.
During the summer period, the beaches host many activities, especially for families. Bournemouth offers mainly aquatic activities: surfing, sailing, kayaking, surf paddle, jet-ski ... You can also indulge in outdoor activities such as tree climbing, go-karting, mountain biking or mountain biking. golf. For rainy days, Bournemouth has swimming pools or SPAs. Discover also the Paultons Family Theme, a large amusement park or the Bournemouth Air Festival at the end of August.
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How to get there ?
Bournemouth, as a tourist destination but also as a regional business center, is easily accessible. It has its own airport, The Bournemouth International Airport (B.O.H.). The latter is served by many airports in Western Europe. Bus shuttles are available to take you to the center of Bournemouth (15 minutes), or you can borrow taxis or rent a car. You can also stop at Southampton Airport, located 15 minutes from the city center, accessible by train or bus. To reach Bournemouth by car, take the direct highway and / or a two-lane road, M3 and M27. Bus and train connections are available from central London. The ferry is another way to get to Bournemouth from Pool, Weymouth, Southampton or Portsmouth. The train serves many train stations like Parkstone, Branksome, Bournemouth or Christchurch. From the London Waterloo station in central London, it takes approximately 90 minutes to get there. A regional train also makes it possible to visit the surrounding cities like Alum China or Boscombe Pier.
Bournemouth city hall
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