The top five things to do in Bournemouth
There is a reason why Bournemouth is such a popular destination with visitors, as it offers some of the finest sun, sea and sand to be found in the whole of the UK.
In fact, it provides visitors with no less than seven miles of golden beaches, and this popular town on the south coast of England also boasts award-winning parks and gardens.
With so many things to do in Bournemouth and so much choice for visitors, it can often be difficult for people staying in the town’s hotels to decide what to fit in during a getaway. With this in mind, here are the top must-visit attractions in Bournemouth.
The Bournemouth Pier is one of the most famous in Britain and is a landmark of the town.
Just a stone’s throw away from many seaside hotels in Bournemouth, the pier has lots of attractions for the whole family to enjoy with amusements, restaurants, cafes and shops.
Visitors can also take a boat ride from the pier and get a glimpse of its famous theatre.
The Bournemouth Aquarium
The Bournemouth Aquarium, also known as the Bournemouth Oceanarium, is a perfect all-weather attraction.
The award-winning Bournemouth Oceanarium has a range of animals for everyone to enjoy. Visitors can get glimpses of a number of different types of sharks, rare green turtles, clownfish, piranhas, venomous lionfish and octopuses.
The aquarium has also recently added a family of small clawed otters, which visitors can see feed, play and swim.
Another highlight of the aquarium is the world’s first-ever virtual interactive dive cage, which takes visitors on a great adventure without getting wet.
The Bournemouth Oceanarium really is perfect for families, couples and the elder generation alike, as it is next to the Bournemouth Pier and just a five-minute walk from the town centre.
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum
Dubbed one of the most distinctive museums in the world, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum is located on the cliff tops of Bournemouth and is set in grounds that include a beautiful Japanese garden.
The house, built between 1897 and 1901, has a collection of hand-painted stained glass, covings, and original de Morgan ceramics, as well as a range of permanent and temporary paintings in the art gallery.
The Japanese collection of art is the most famous part of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, which is the only attraction to have commissioned its own Japanese ‘manga’ graphic novel.
The spectacular museum is certainly worth a trip, and visitors can get a bite to eat at the museum and take a look around the shop.
Bournemouth Parks and Gardens
One of the best Bournemouth attractions is the town’s parks and gardens which, are situated right in the centre of Bournemouth.
The gardens are perfect for those who are looking to go on a peaceful walk and to get away from the busy shopping centre.
The tropical gardens lead walkers down to the beach front and offer people incredible views of the surrounding bay.
Visitors who are on a short Bournemouth break away should keep their eyes peeled, as the gardens often play host to music concerts and loads of other activities and events.
An iconic part of Bournemouth is its beach and no wonder, as it has previously been voted as the best sandy stretch in the UK.
The beach is home to Hengistbury Head, a headland that is world-famous for its archaeology and is officially an ancient monument.
The beach is child-friendly and is a great place to go walking all year round. Visitors can also take advantage of the great food that is on offer at the restaurants which line the beach and can ride on one of its three historic cliff lifts.
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