Bournemouth Poole Coast Guide 

                                                            Bournemouth beach

Bournemouth lies directly to the east of Poole but they are conjoined - one and the same to all intents and purposes. However there are distinct differences between the two towns. Bournemouth is older than its neighbour, having been established around 1810 as a seaside resort. The buildings in the centre and some of the larger, more established hotels  reflect this foundation in the Victorian era. 

For Bournemouth Hotels and Holidays, Guest Houses, Cottages  and to visit Attractions.   Go to Bournemouth Hotels Guest Houses and Cottages

The Victorians were also responsible for the towns magnificent twin piers which are the trademark of the town. The beach in front of the town is excellent and stretches for seven miles, west towards Poole and east towards Christchurch - there is always room somewhere for one more beach towel. The seafront area is the epitome of the English seaside resort with plenty of entertainment and refreshments along its length.

                                                                     Bournemouth pier


Bournemouth is well served with transport links. From the east and London take the M3 and then theA31. From the west the A35 via Dorchester leads to Poole and then Bournemouth. Bournemouth has an international airport to the north of the town. 


Gardens are a major attraction in the Bournemouth area. The Victorian Pleasure Gardens are located in the town while there is a tropical garden at Alum Chine and an Italian garden at Boscombe. 

Places to visit in Bournemouth

Adventure Wonderland - Ideal for younger children - Merritown Lane, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 6BA Tel/Fax: 01202 483444

Bournemouth Pier - Traditional pier amusements plus climbing wall and zip line to shore for details visit: Bournemouth Pier 

Oceanarium - Pier Approach, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5AA Tel: 01202 311993

Compton Acres - Ornamental Gardens - 164 Canford Cliffs Road, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7ES Tel: 01202 700778 


Highcliffe Castle Visitors Centre - Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, Dorset, BH23 4LE Tel: 01425 278807

Compton Acres - 10 acre historic gardens and views to Poole Harbour, also has a shop and cafe.

                                                                                Bournemouth Bay

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Other sections of the guide you might also enjoy - see below.


Cliff and coast walkingWhether your idea of an ideal activity is sunbathing or you prefer something more strenuous, the  chances are that you will be able to pursue this at the coast. There is a wide selection of activities that can be found on our coastline - these range from a gentle stroll to the next bay, to swimming and snorkelling, to more energetic activities such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing and kite sailing. See Activities section.


Attractions - see listings pages

national lobster hatchery padstowA huge selection of attractions are available within the coastal area and this section will have details of many of them. From piers and harbours to fun fairs and roller coasters, the listings will have details of what's available in your chosen area. For details of attractions look in the resort pages. 

 The National Lobster Hatchery - Padstow

Beach PubPubs, restaurants and shopping guide

The listings section will also have details of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs and shops available in the locality. Restaurants and shops coming soon.....

                                                                                                                                            The Beach Pub - Exmouth


We will bring you feature  articles  about the coastline and  news items about life in the coastal area. contributions to this section are welcome.

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