Bournemouth: A quick guide to Dorset’s best town
With its famous beach and pier offering all the joys of the Great British holiday, it should come as little surprise that Bournemouth remains one of the best seaside resorts in the UK. Combined with its lively events scene and host of fantastic restaurants, the draw of this Dorset treasure proves irresistible for millions of visitors year after year.
If you are one of the large number of people looking to discover the town on your upcoming holidays – perhaps staying in one of the hotels with swimming pools in town or another of the top Bournemouth accommodation options – here are some great excursion options which could help make your experience even more special.
Have fun on the pier
While the pleasant sands of Bournemouth are inundated with sun worshippers throughout the spring and summer months, the town’s historic pier serves as a great place for those who just can’t sit still on their Bournemouth holidays. Dating back to 1856 when it was only a short wooden jetty, walking along the pier is certainly among the best free things to do in Bournemouth and the wealth of activities now found on the boards make it a real hit with the whole family.
The fun that can be had there is set to be enhanced even further with the construction of a zip line and surf wave – both of which are sure to become favourite Bournemouth attractions. With hopes that it will be completed in time for summer 2014, the surf wave will take pride of place on the pier, while the 20 metre zip line will offer an adrenaline-filled ride from the pier to the mainland – an activity not for the faint-hearted.
Enjoy peace and quiet at the Bournemouth Lower Gardens
Among the finest free and fun things to do in Bournemouth is a trip to the Winter Gardens – a welcome sanctuary for those who want to escape the crowds of the seaside and town centre. Located just inland from the pier, it dates back to 1854, when the first efforts were made to turn the area into a pleasure park. Its layout today is owed largely to the efforts of Mr Phillip Henry Tree, after he won a competition back in 1871 to create a design for a Lower Pleasure Garden in the town.
With vibrant flower displays at every turn, plus the recent inclusion of a pergola crafted out of salvaged sections of Victorian veranda, it offers peace and tranquillity in abundance and remains a popular attraction for visitors throughout the year. With so much beauty, the Lower Gardens could be a prime location to take photos on your Bournemouth wedding day. Combined with the town’s Upper and Central Gardens, the opportunities to relax here are endless during your Bournemouth holidays.
Here is a handy map to help you find your way around all of the gardens in the town.
Explore your surroundings
If you are keen to explore as much of the region as you can during your visit, the neighbouring boroughs offer yet more fun and excitement and are as little as a couple of minutes away.
Among the most popular of these is Poole – a tourist resort to the west of Bournemouth which is famous for its natural harbour, Blue Flag beaches and rich history dating back to the Iron Age. A favourable aspect of Poole is its reputation for providing diners with exquisite food, with a host of establishments which specialise in seafood sourced from the surrounding waters. It is also known for its variety of cultural events throughout the year, from the fine music of the Folk on the Quay Festival to the wealth of comedic, arts and dramatic performances which are held at the Lighthouse Theatre; with so much on offer, there is plenty to keep all members of the family entertained.
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