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Travel Guide to holidays in... Bournemouth, Dorset, England

With a temperate climate due to its location on the south coast of England (between Poole to the west and Southampton to the east), this large, bustling coastal resort is renowned for its seven miles of sandy beaches, headed by the iconic Bournemouth Pier. Beach huts, deck chairs and other equipment can all be hired, and watersports abound. In fact the town claims to have one of England’s safest beaches, with a strong RNLI presence along the seafront. This stretch of coastline is also the ideal host for the Bournemouth Air Festival - a free, annual event offering four days of flying displays and entertainment.

Away from the beach there is no shortage of things to do - shops, restaurants, clubs, and other entertainment and leisure attractions abound. There are around 200 listed buildings, including St Peters Church, where the author Mary Shelley is buried. Key landmarks include the Bournemouth International Centre, Pavilion Theatre and O2 Academy, as well as the famous Park and Gardens, with its bandstand, aviary and Pinewalk Art Exhibition. Further afield the beautiful Purbeck Hills and New Forest offer further opportunities for exploration. Follow the links to find holiday cottages and lets available in this area on Go2, or view the surrounding area on the map below.

With a wide and varied selection of cottages and holiday lets in Dorset Go2 offers you the ideal way to make the most of your break in this beautiful and largely unspoilt county, where there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site, with dramatic coves and stunning cliffs, topped by the South West Coast Path, which offers some wonderful views. Here you’ll find characterful seaside towns like Swanage and Lyme Regis as well as the wide sweep of Weymouth Beach. If you’re looking for somewhere more lively, then Bournemouth won’t disappoint. This is one of Britain’s most popular resorts and has attractions and entertainments in abundance. Nearby Poole is quieter, but still has much to offer. Try and make the trip to Brownsea Island, a fabulous nature reserve here. Inland on your holiday in Dorset you can enjoy the rolling hills that are so characteristic of the county and explore what has become known as “Thomas Hardy Country”.

The county town of Dorchester, with its High Street lined with 17th and 18th Century houses, is little changed from Hardy’s day, while the pretty town of Shaftesbury has been used as a location in countless films set in Olde England.

Read more about Bournemouth at Wikipedia, or... Find holiday cottages and lets in Bournemouth with Go2.

Map of Bournemouth

Use the map below to view Bournemouth and its surrounding area. Controls are provided to allow for zooming in and out, scrolling around, and setting the map to satellite or terrain views.

Accommodation in Bournemouth

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What to Visit and Where to Eat in Bournemouth

Wondering what to do when you get there? Where to visit? How to keep the kids quiet? Have a browse of the great 'Days Out With The Kids' website to get some ideas.

Find days out and attractions in Bournemouth

Hungry? For great restaurants and cafes in Bournemouth pay the following sites a visit...

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Find restaurants in Bournemouth at the Resturant Guide

Sugarvine - UK Restaurant Guide

For more great dining in Bournemouth visit Sugar Vine

If you like walking then be sure to visit the following site before heading off to Bournemouth...

Walks Around Britian

Walks Around Britain - Britain's only walking website with video walks. Walking routes, maps, information and more about walking in Britain - on DVD and Blu-ray too.

Finally, if you're packing your cycles and want to find some great routes in the Bournemouth area then... - should have all the information you'll need. As well as cycle routes this site is also packed with information, guides, a store and its own forums.

The Weather in Bournemouth

Will it rain or will it shine? Here's the outlook for Bournemouth over the next few days...

How to Get There - Your Transport Travel Guide to Bournemouth

Transport tavel guide to Bournemouth

That's it - you've decided. You've read our travel guide to Bournemouth and you're convinced. Bournemouth is the place for you. So, how do you get there? Just follow the helpful links below...

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Travelling to or from Ireland? Don't forget the ferry! Not only does it give you the freedom of taking your own car but it provides a superb experience of travelling by sea and exploring the coastline. With convenient routes between Holyhead and Dublin, or Pembroke and Rosslare, we recommend Irish Ferries for great, low-cost, transport. They are the leading Irish ferry company and provide both an excellent service, and excellent prices.

User Guides

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